“The Debate over Abortion”

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“The Debate over Abortion”

Sofia Gongora, Staff Writer

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Many people in this country think that abortion is immoral, is murder, and should be completely done away with. However, it is legal in all states in America. 

Every woman has the right to make decisions about her own life and body. Reproductive choice empowers women by giving them control over their own bodies.                                                                   

   The choice over when and whether to have children is essential to a woman’s independence and ability to determine her future. Women’s rights are human rights. This necessary opportunity habilitates women to enjoy equal citizenship stature. In 1973, Roe v. Wade reinforced women’s right to take active roles in their reproductive health by giving them the right to have abortions. 

Dr. Van Look, a researcher from the Geneva institute from New York, said, “Generally where abortion is legal, it will be provided in a safe matter. The opposite is also true: Where it’s illegal, it’s most likely to be unsafe, preformed under unsafe conditions by poorly trained providers.” This is just one of the many reasons that abortion should be legal. Another thing proved by the World Health Organization is that abortion is one of the most common clinical procedures in the United States, and the death rate from abortion is only 0.6 per 100,000 procedures. 

A big problem that the world is facing today is unwanted children. Not to be course, but there are many cases where children that weren’t brought up correctly end up being criminals. Unwanted pregnancy is associated with several different maternal and child health outcomes, such as delayed prenatal care, premature birth, and bad physical and mental health effects for children.  

On the other side, abortion has always been a heated subject amongst the people that have their own thoughts regarding it. While in thirty countries, abortion is legalized, other countries have partial restrictions or have a complete ban on abortion, unless the mother’s life is at stake. Some people think abortion implies denying someone a well-deserved life. Even though this might be true, women should be allowed to exercise their right to abort for many reasons. Those reasons include: it empowers women, unwanted children should not be brought into the world, and it’s safer to have access to proper, legal abortions rather than not. 

The only solution to this problem is compromise. An embyo doesn’t turn into a fetus until the tenth week of pregnancy. This is when its brain and essential organs are formed enough for the baby to be considered conscious. As long as the tenth week is the cut off to have an abortion, nobody should have any say in what any woman decides to do with her body.  

In conclusion, reproductive choice should be a limited right to all women. It’s not always as easy as using birth control or wearing a condom. As long as it’s done safely and for a good manner, it could be a useful tool. Women already go through enough pain because of their choice, they don’t deserve the judgement of others.