3.) Kaufman, K. The Abortion Resource Handbook Simon and Schuster Inc. New York New York 1997
Abortion has become the common focus of diverse and influential debate in various societies, especially the U.S. One of the most confrontational topics argued is whether or not abortion is morally ethical. More than forty percent of all women will terminate their pregnancy by abortion at some point in their reproductive lives (Stacey OL). In spite of disagreement by many people, abortion is one of the most widespread medical procedures performed in the United States every single year. Eventhough abortion is opposed by many people, it should stay legal, because it is the right of a women to control herself or her body (Swomley, 1991).
Since 2003, 3,503 American soldiers have died while fighting in the Iraqi War (“Casualties in Iraq”). Similarly, 3,562 American babies have died due to abortion—but that is since yesterday. This jaw-dropping statistic is painful to even try to fathom, but is all too true. Every year, 42 million unborn babies are killed worldwide because of many various reasons that most often point to the fact that the mother is either extremely selfish or inanely uniformed (“Abortion Statistics”). This inhumane act has become a somewhat acceptable option for ending an unintended pregnancy in society today; however, a deed as despicable and morally reprehensible as abortion should not be allowed anywhere, especially in a society as developed and civilized as America. Abortion should not be legal because side effects of abortion are traumatic and severe and can scar women physically and emotionally for life, abortion unnecessarily ends the lives of unborn babies because life begins at conception, and there other options are readily available that do not result in trauma or loss of life.
Over the duration of the last century, abortion in the Western hemisphere has become a largely controversial topic that affects every human being. In the United States, at current rates, one in three women will have had an abortion by the time they reach the age of 45. The questions surrounding the laws are of moral, social, and medical dilemmas that rely upon the most fundamental principles of ethics and philosophy. At the center of the argument is the not so clear cut lines dictating what life is, or is not, and where a fetus finds itself amongst its meaning. In an effort to answer the question, lawmakers are establishing public policies dictating what a woman may or may not do with consideration to her reproductive rights. The drawback, however, is that there is no agreement upon when life begins and at which point one crosses the line from unalienable rights to murder.
Being a mother is a lifelong job that requires copious time, energy, and money. There are myriad different reasons in which a woman would consider getting an abortion. The decision is often tragic and painful for the mother. It is one of the biggest choices a woman will make. Many people have strong beliefs about abortion, and if a mother makes a decision that they do not agree with they sometimes turn against the mother, and enkindle egregious feelings about their decision for the rest of their life. Indeed a woman may not get an abortion for selfish reasons or out of convenience, but out of a desire to protect certain important values such as her own health or a decent standard of living for the other members of the family. Additional intentions for having abortion include rape, financial difficulties, obligation by family members, or danger to the baby’s health (Roleff
Women who have an abortion may have mental problems after having an abortion according to a 2002 peer-reviewed study published by the Southern Medical Journal found of more than 173,000 American women who had an abortion were 154% more likely to commit suicide than other women who did not have an abortion. “Women who have abortions are also at a higher risk of breast cancer” (Yubei Huang). Women and babies are not the only victims of the abortion industry, men are hurt too. According to the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, a study of men whose partners had abortions found 51.6% of the men reported regret, 45.2% felt sadness, and 25.8% experienced depression (Priscilla Coleman and Eileen S. Nelson).
9. The National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing Impact of Abortion on the Family; IRLF Newsletter, 1993