Abortion Should Not Be More Accepting Of Women

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“From Roe v. Wade in 1973 through 2011, nearly 53 million legal abortions were performed in the United States – an average of about 1.4 million abortions per year” (ProCon.org, 2015). Abortion is a sensitive subject that most ignore. For a number of women, it is a difficult decision that they must make for numerous different reasons. Rape, incest, medical reasons, or even being an adolescent just to name a handful. Therefore, the world should be more accepting of women needs when it comes to abortion. Pro-choice supporters feel that abortion is a positive occurrence due to it being done in a safe environment. According to the article The Comparative Safety of Legal Induced Abortion and Childbirth in the United States, “legal induced abortion is markedly safer than childbirth. The risk of death associated with childbirth is approximately 14 times higher than that with abortion” (Raymond & Grimes, 2012). Moreover, women who miscarry or cannot carry to term, may need to have a medical abortion in order to save their life. As stated in the article Choice, Interrupted: Travel and Inequality of Access to Abortion Service since the 1960s: Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old dentist living in Ireland, died on 28 October 2012 of septicemia. Even though Halappanavar was miscarrying, doctors at a Galway hospital rejected her abortion request because of their interpretation of the country’s strict anti-abortion laws. The death of Halappanavar may be viewed as a somber reminder of the global consensus that abortion delivered in a safe, legal, and timely fashion is critical to women’s reproductive health. (Sethna, Palmer, Ackerman, & Janovicek, 2013) ProCon.org adds, “Modern abortion procedures are safe and do not cause lasting health issues s... ... middle of paper ... ...rtality rate of a colonoscopy is more than 40 times greater than that of an abortion. (ProCon.org, 2015) From government officials to religious leaders, all have an opposition when it comes to abortion, but as noted on ProCon.org, “choosing abortion is a right that should not be limited by governmental or religious authority” (ProCon.org.2015). In America and nations around the world, the debate about abortion has divided the community, religious figures, and politicians. The stigma surrounding the subject has always been negative. However, the circumstances for which one would need an abortion could be a traumatic life altering event. For this purpose, a woman should have a right to reproductive choice. With lawmakers making it nearly impossible in some regions to obtain a legal abortions, as a last resort, women may risk their lives to seek alternative methods.

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