The horrific photo of Geraldine Santoro has grasped the attention of the media and society. She was found bent over dead in her hotel room - Blood everywhere. Santoro was separated from her abusive husband, when she became pregnant with another man, Clyde Dixon. She feared that her husband was going to murder her and sought an abortion. Geraldine and Clyde had to do the procedure themselves. The operation went awry and Clyde fled the scene, leaving her to bleed to death. This could have been avoided if legal and safe abortions were available.
These were some of the difficulties many women faced before Roe V. Wade decriminalized abortions and made them available to women in the United States. Unfortunately, it is a liberty that some wish to eradicate. Some consider abortions immoral. They believe in misconceptions that are based off of skewed facts. They believe it is a problem that must be stopped. Making abortions illegal will not sojourn anything. Abortions are a right. When a woman needs an abortion, she will do whatever it takes to have one. An abortion is sometimes the only option for disadvantaged women. Abortions must remain legal.
It is imperative that a person realize fact from fabrication. A common misconception is that women use abortion as a form of birth control. However, when a woman goes to a clinic, it is strongly stressed that abortions are not the solution to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. Instead, clinics inform women on reliable sources of birth control as well as abstinence. Planned Parenthood is there - and should remain there - to educate and help women. It is also a myth that women will regret getting an abortion. Studies show that most common emotion felt by women post abortion is relief, not depression or trauma. (Psychological Responses Following Abortion. Reproductive Choice and Abortion: A Resource Packet. Washington, DC: American Pyschological Association, 1990.) This is evidence that the pregnancy was most likely under the wrong conditions; for example, a woman needed to have an abortion for medical reasons. Finally, abortions don't encourage teenage girls to have sex. It would be jocular to say that a teenager thinks "If anything, I will just get an abortion, and no one will ever know". In fact, most states require a minor to inform their parents, or receive written consent if they seek out an abortion. Therefore, people cannot argue that abortions will cause younger girls to be more promiscuous and immoral.
The most common skewed argument against abortion is: "you are killing a baby". What is being eliminated is not a baby. Instead, an abortion in the first trimester is eliminating a group of cells and tissue from the uterus. The medical definition of a fetus is: a viviparous vertebrate having a basic structural resemblance to the adult animal after the gestational stage, or after about 11 weeks. A fetus in the womb cannot think, breathe, feel or do anything on its own. The controversy surrounding abortion is a product of differing morals.
Christians are particularly against abortions. They believe it is wrong. Many protest abortions and want to eliminate this right to all women. However, not everyone is Christian. Just because it is an individual's belief does not necessarily mean it applies to everyone. Thrusting personal beliefs unto is wrong and obnoxious. People have free will and they should have the right to decide whether or not to bear a child. No one else's morals but hers should affect her personal choice. The solution is simple: If someone doesn't like abortions, he or she shouldn't get one.
Women have the right to their own body. People have the right to make their own decisions. If the government controls women's choices on abortion, before you know it, the government will control other personal options and decisions that people will make, like how much they weigh, getting plastic surgery, etc. The government should not dictate people's judgments and resolutions to their problems. In addition, 77% of pro-life leaders are men. They have never experienced 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?
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.
Children and pregnancy are a financial burden. An abortion within the first trimester cost ranges from $350-500. The average cost of a natural birth is anywhere between $ 9,000 and $17,000. A Cesarean section surgery can range from 10,000-20,000. It could cost an additional 1-2 thousand dollars for an epidural. Then, there is the cost of prenatal care, maternity clothes, etc. Even with insurance, people pay thousands of dollars out of pocket. 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.
Although adoption is great, giving birth isn't the right choice for everyone. One should remember that the planet is becoming over populated, orphanages face overcrowding, etc. Going through with a birth can be dangerous as well. Women face the threat of dying from a hemorrhage, infection, Eclampsia, etc. According to the World Health Organization, "Every day, 1500 women die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related complications. In 2005, there were an estimated 536,000 maternal deaths worldwide". After all, only 1.2% women adopted babies since the last compilation of adoptions was gathered. Shouldn't every child be a wanted child?
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.) "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). Women also risk gruesome measures, vaginal scarring and deformation, and a lot of pain. 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. Many result the same way that Geraldine Santoro's abortion did. 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.
Abortions should only be a last resort; however, 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.
Essay on Pro-Choice Abortion
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Abortion is one of the most personal, widely discussed, and controversial topics in American culture today. In most cases, people on both sides of the argument take worthy and moral positions. Who can blame someone who wishes to prevent the termination of a teen pregnancy to save the life of an unborn child? On the other hand, who can blame anyone who advocates the soon-to-be mother's right to make such a personal, heartbreaking choice? No matter what she chooses to do, should anyone have the legal right to force her to bear an unwanted child? Most people in the US are pro-choice, and believe that abortion should be a legal, confidential decision that only a woman can make for herself. However, some are against the idea of…show more content…
A large number of women have suffered from the detrimental effects of unsanitary operations, and even attempts at the most dangerous form of abortion: self-abortion. The Roe vs. Wade decision won women the right to have an abortion. This legalization was a public health victory for women with its preceding introduction of antibiotics and antiseptics for use in abortions. Roe vs. Wade is considered today, to be an avant-garde decision, exemplifying ?judicial activism?. One important topic debated by many pro-choice and pro-lifers, is: at what point does a fetus become human? This is one of the determining factors of the controversy surrounding abortion. Pro-life activists claim that life begins at conception, stressing the idea that a human embryo is self-developing. And since it cannot become anything other than human, it is a living human. Albeit a fetus may technically of human origin, it does not have the ability to conduct a conscious thought. At that point, the biological qualities of an embryo are equivalent to a sesame seed, or an egg. Can we really say that every time we eat an egg, it is like eating an unborn child? According to pro-lifers, yes, and they are technically correct. An egg is a completely fertilized, undeveloped infant. Yet the average American eats them on a weekly basis. How can that be justified by the pro-life campaign? It cannot. For one to truly LOSE a life, one must be aware he or she is alive. Thought and emotion are