Imagine your twelve-year-old daughter is walking home from school, she always tells you how she wants to be a doctor when she grows up, so she can help people like her mommy. She gets kidnapped by an individual and is raped. You live in Alabama, and the law to make abortions illegal just passed. She gets pregnant at age twelve. What are you going to do?
Your daughter’s future is thrown out the window, and her dream of being a doctor is gone. Her dream of graduating from high school is gone. You shattered her dreams.
Abortion should be legal. According to Child Sexual Abuse Statistics, “ 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys are victims of sexual abuse ‘(Child 1). Do you notice something wrong with that? Women have a four times higher chance than men to get sexually assaulted. That is beyond heartbreaking to see women getting raped and harassed on a daily, and to see them getting their rights to have an abortion taken away for something that isn’t in their control is unbelievable
“But abortion is murder, unborn babies are considered human beings by the US government…” Women have the right to make a choice about their bodies, not the government, not the state, not anyone else but themselves. No one has the right to tell a woman if she has the right to give up her baby because it’s her body.
Abortion is a choice. Abortion should not be banned.
If the pregnancy is not by rape or any similar circumstances, then the mother should have known that having unprotected sex is putting her life in jeopardy, as well as her future. But people make mistakes, everyone is human. If the mother isn’t ready or isn’t financially stable to have a child at the time, an abortion can create a different outcome. Yes, it was the mother’s fault for getting pregnant, but she’s human and deserves a second chance instead of throwing her whole future away.
“But adoption services are always available instead of killing an innocent child…” Adoption services are available for everyone who doesn’t want their child or isn’t ready to be a mother. But some women aren’t ready to experience the pain of giving birth, then giving them up for adoption. Abortion is not easy for a mother, it is traumatizing and heartbreaking.
There is no point in going through all that pain to just give up the child when the mother can have an abortion the moment she finds out she’s pregnant, it will be hard on the mother but it won’t be as hard as having the child and giving it up for adoption.
Another reason for abortion is if a woman lives in an unhealthy and non-safe environment for a child, it puts her and the child at risk of having any chances of having a healthy and happy life.
Making abortion legal will help control overpopulation. Removing a baby safely from the mother is much better than if she is forced to continue an unwanted pregnancy. If she goes through with the pregnancy, there is another mouth to feed. If the mother isn’t financially stable, the child will starve to death, which is much more painful than having an abortion.
Forcing a woman to continue with a forced pregnancy is a violation of her rights. Having children due to rape can be extremely difficult for a mother. Abortion in such cases is the best of the bad outcomes available. If we ban abortion, women who have been raped are now forced to have kids, and with the unfortunately high occurrence of rape, it will damage mothers and increase our population rates drastically more than they already are.
In the article, ‘The Pro-Life vs Pro-Choice Debate,” Abortion frequently causes intense psychological pain and stress”. Abortion can be an extreme stress factor and can make mothers become depressed. But having the child and not being able to take care of them and just seeing your child slowly die is way more painful than getting an abortion. Getting an abortion can cause the mother to be depressed, but she won’t have to live with forever how she ruined her child’s life when she can abort it knowing it will benefit both of them. Both ways are gruesome but not making the child suffer an unhappy life is a way to go.
Abortion is a choice, not a right.