1 November 2018
As women, we have fought long and hard to be able to have the right to vote, to be counted as a human without a man being attached and the right to decide about their body CITATION htt l 1033 ( http://www.ultius.com/ultius-blog/entry/abortion-as-a-right-arguments-for-pro-choice.html)Abortion is the medical procedure of inducing expulsion of a human fetus to terminate a pregnancy prior to the embryo being able to survive independently CITATION Wik l 1033 (Wikipedia contributors. “Abortion.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 28 Oct. 2018. Web. 2 Nov. 2018. ) Abortion is one of the most divisive issues facing the country today. Supporters and critics of abortions will usually define themselves as being strictly pro-choice or pro-life. Pro-choice means they support the woman’s right to decide on her body. Pro-life means that they believe that a fetus is human and should not be destroyed CITATION htt l 1033 ( http://www.ultius.com/ultius-blog/entry/abortion-as-a-right-arguments-for-pro-choice.html). Laws prohibiting abortion prevents women from making decisions that enable them to live the lifestyle of their choice.
The idea that a woman has the choice to do what she wants with her body is pro-choice. It should never be the choice of the state or other individuals about woman’s sexual health or her reproduction. Having a baby is a lifetime commitment and should not be forced upon anyone. Forcing a woman to be a mother before she is ready can go horribly wrong. Unwanted pregnancies are at an all-time high, statistics show about 1 in every 2 pregnancies are unwanted CITATION Off1 l 1033 (Office on Women’s Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,16 June.2016.WEB. 2 Nov.2018). Studies also show that unwanted pregnancies may be detrimental to a woman’s mental health. To name few; depression, anxiety, and resentfulness. Postpartum being one of the biggest, coming to terms with being responsible for another human being full-time can cause some women to lash out and they find themselves hurting these unwanted babies if not killing them once they are born. Forced motherhood should not be used as a punishment for having sexual intercourse.
Opposing abortion and the reasons behind it simple describe pro-life. These supporters believe that the government has an obligation to preserve all human life, regardless of intent, viability, or quality of life concerns CITATION htt1 l 1033 (http://wholeworldinhishands.com/world/pro_life_vs_pro-choice_arguments.html). One pro-life advocate stated that being pro-life means being pro-adoption, pro-foster care, pro-social programs. Also stating that pro-life believers are concerned about the living conditions of children in this country CITATION Ols l 1033 (Olson, Erin, “What Does it Mean to be Pro-Life?” (2015)). If that were true, the thought of forcing a woman to be a mother when she is not financially stable and probably mentally unable to do so would not cross their mind.
Reportedly, about 14,000 women get abortions after being raped or molested(incest). Even though this only makes up about 1 percent of all abortions the numbers are steadily increasing CITATION Cen l 1033 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention & The Allen Guttmacher Institute ). For example, a woman is raped by a man becomes pregnant with his child. She decides not to keep the baby, because the idea of raising her rapist’s child is too much to bare mentally, physically, and emotionally. Nevertheless, pro-life believers would label her a murderer wit no regards to the situation or the reason CITATION www1 l 1033 (www.soc.ucsb.edu/sexinfo/article/politics-abortion). They do not support the idea of induced abortions under any circumstances. The people who defend this are blind to the reasons why women make these life choices and if they had it their way would still be illegal.
However, if abortions were not legally available, they would most likely still occur and be performed unsafely and these women would die, so the idea of supporting pro-life is contradictory. As a result, it would increase the number of back-alley butchers, uneducated staff, non-sterile equipment and countless deaths. Worldwide 48 percent of induced are unsafe CITATION enw l 1033 (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back-alley_abortion). Maternal deaths can occur during complications with childbirth or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy. Most commonly the woman may have picked up an infection during these unsafe abortion procedures. “Every year, worldwide, about 42 million women with unintended pregnancies choose abortion, and nearly half of these procedures, 20 million, are unsafe. Some 68,000 women die of unsafe abortion annually, making it one of the leading causes of maternal mortality” CITATION Had l 1033 (Haddad, Lisa B and Nawal M Nour. “Unsafe abortion: unnecessary maternal mortality” Reviews in obstetrics ; gynecology vol. 2,2 (2009): 122-6. ). It has been estimated that there are 43 million abortions a year. With the poverty level already being at a high-time high and being overcrowded imagine that those abortions had not occurred. The world would have quickly become overpopulated and other resources would soon deplete. Not to be harsh but conversely, abortion is and has been beneficial to the planet regardless of one’s religious or personal beliefs.
Notwithstanding, it came as no shock to most people that women would eventually gain the right to be able to make decisions of one’s body. Consequently, due to the landmark case of Roe vs. Wade, a woman’s rights to choose abortion is identified as a “fundamental right” in which was finally recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court on January 22, 1973. The court ruled 7-2 that a right to privacy under the Due Process Clause of the 14th amendment extended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion CITATION htt2 l 1033 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roe_v._Wade). However, at that time Texas had abortion laws that made it a crime to have an abortion without medical advice of a doctor. Nevertheless, Roe the woman in question felt otherwise, she instituted a federal action against the district attorney of Dallas county, Texas Henry Wade. This prompted a national debate that continues to this day about whether abortion should be legal and who should decide such. The case of Roe vs. Wade reshaped national politics driving much of the United States into pro-life or pro-choice CITATION Gre l 1033 (Greenhouse, Linda (2005). Becoming Justice Blackmun: Harry Blackmun’s Supreme Court Journey. New York: Times Books. ).
Ordinarily, as a woman who supports the empowerment and advancement of women, I’d consider myself to be a pro-choice advocate. To respect and accept a person’s decision to seek abortion care no matter the reason shows understanding. The decision to become a mother is presented to more than half of the population whether she chooses to accept, or decline is totally up to her. With everything that goes into being a mother, the sleepless nights, the diapers, the sick days, the responsibility and burden of being able to provide food, shelter, clothing, and protection should only be made by the woman who it will affect for a lifetime. Motherhood is equivalent to two fulltime jobs where you are on every shift, every day all day. Whichever decision the woman makes is one that only she must deal with. Pro-choice defends and protects women whose life it would affect and no one else. Who would the government be to take that away from us. We live in a country that is based on freedom and equality, so women should have and continue to have the freedom to make decisions about her own body without fear of persecution. “In many parts of the world, what ought to be a wondrous event in a woman’s life can be equivalent to a death sentence” CITATION Mat l 1033 (“Maternal mortality in the developing world: why do mothers really die?” Obstetric medicine vol. 1,1 (2008): 2-6. ). Moreover, for someone else to force their opinions or beliefs onto what a woman can and should do with her body is just that.
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