The definition of abortion is; “the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus.” The abortion controversy is one of the biggest debates that have been going on for years. Many people feel that aborting an unwanted child should be outlawed. Others consider it as immoral and possibly even murder. I support the right to privacy and the idea women should have the choice to do what she pleases with her own body. As a female, I believe that the government has no right to dictate what happens to a woman’s body. Therefore, everyone should become pro-choice. Majority of people who are against abortion will never even become pregnant. Women have the right to own their bodies and make their decisions for it, not the government. If we allow the government control the choices that women makes on abortion, then how long will it be until the government control other personal decisions? 77% of the he pro-life leaders consist of men who will never experience the agony of labor, childbirth, or a C-section.
Men cannot continue pushing women down and limiting their rights like this. Telling a woman she cannot have an abortion is like telling a man he cannot have a liver transplant. Both are necessary procedures. Without the procedure it can pose a physical threat. And sometimes people are responsible for their condition. He has the right to seek medical attention. Why should an abortion be any different? The government should not dictate people’s judgments and resolutions to their problems Odds are that 1 in 3 women will be victims of sexual violence in her lifetime. Does this mean that 33% of all women should be forced to carry out a pregnancy from this violation? Considering how many people are killed during childbirth, should we allow this further risk to endured on top of what has already been done? Many would argue that these women could endure the pregnancy, spending nearly a year of her life simply re-living the rape and its effects over and over again, to give up a baby at the end of it for adoption.
However, we all are aware of the fact that there are millions of unwanted children awaiting adoption as we speak who remain unclaimed; in fact, UNICEF estimates that there are 210 million orphans in the world right now. Becoming pro-choice stands behind the right to privacy of a woman and her decision to do what she pleases with her body. For example, a woman is raped by a man and conceives a child. She decides not to keep the baby and undergo an abortion because the idea of raising the child of her rapist is too traumatic for her to cope. Pro-choice supports the sixteen-year-old girl who wasn’t fully aware of the consequences of losing her virginity and becomes pregnant. She is stuck with the choices of either keeping the child in which may result of her getting kicked out of her home, becoming financially unable to support the baby, and her shot of a higher education dramatically increases.
Pro-choice is the foundation of the idea that whether or not she decides to go through with abortion, it was ultimately a choice she wished to do with her body. Many people do not realize the financial burden of going though pregnancy and having children. The cost for an abortion ranges from #350-500 while the average cost of a natural birth can range from $9,000-17,000. The cost of a Cesarean section can rage from $10,000-20,000 with an additional $1000 for an epidural. Then, there is also the cost of prenatal care, clothes, baby formula, etc. Pregnancy itself is expensive; many people do not realize this until they themselves become pregnant. In addition, women don’t get paid on maternity leave. So, for a low income woman who cannot afford a pregnancy, let alone a child has very little options. She will likely seek out an abortion as an act of desperation. The financial burden could cause her to go hungry, fall into debt, or lose her home. There are hundreds of explanations as to why women need abortions.
The long list includes: she was a victim of rape/incest, she is not ready or too young for a child, she is financially incapable of having a baby, the fetus has a health problem, the woman has a health problem, she wants to avoid being a single parent, etc. The social aspect to these problems is not frivolous, but very serious. The only way to understand these reasons is to be in that woman’s shoes. They are legitimate reasons and cannot be solved in most cases. To think otherwise is incredibly naïve. Making abortions illegal will not solve anything. If a woman wants an abortion, she will do whatever it takes to get one. Women are determined enough to risk prison, sexual molestation, and their existence.
If a woman is willing to go through that for an abortion it clearly affects her more than those against it. No one against abortions is willing to lose their life to make it illegal. Thousands of women have died during an illegal abortion. (The exact number is impossible to determine, because it is illegal.) “Women also risk gruesome measures, vaginal scarring and deformation, and a lot of pain. From the National Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System, CDC identified 26 deaths for 2003 that were thought to be potentially related to abortion,” (Strauss et. al. 2005). Some women with the help of someone will attempt an abortion on herself. She will insert an object through her cervix for a couple of days causing pain, bleeding, sepsis or an infection. If a woman waited too long in her pregnancy due to the unavailability of abortion, she faces an even greater hazard. If abortions are illegalized, women will resort to this again. If people are so concerned with life, they shouldn’t outlaw abortions.
The number of women who get abortions does not change when it goes from being legal to illegal, or vice versa. The only thing that changes is more women die. Every year, 78,000 women die from unsafe abortions. Although abortions should only be used for a last resort, they should be available to all women. Its availability should not discriminate. People shouldn’t restrict other’s rights based on personal values. Free will is a precious thing that no one should control. Sometimes, an abortion is the best or only solution for a woman. If abortions are illegalized they could potentially kill more than they intend to save. Abortions will remain an issue for many years to come. We can prevent the problem where it starts. Those against abortions and for abortions can agree that Schools should implement sex ed. classes that teach about safe sex. This gives teenagers the right knowledge that they need to make a healthy decision and reduce the amount of abortions needed in the future.
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