Abortion Should Remain Legal

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A woman is walking through a dark alley. She has a bag full of cash that she scraped together and is going to see a man who will probably rip her off. This woman is not what you think, she is receiving an illegal abortion by an untrained surgeon. Many have said that abortion is a crime against humanity, taking away the innocent lives of unborn children. Though, the real crime would be to rob women of their rights and well-being. Abortions should stay legal because the absence of legal abortions will mean rise in dangerous illegal abortions, abortions are a woman’s right, and motherhood has a negative effect on women who aren’t ready.

If abortions are banned, it will only provoke illegal abortions, which are particularly hazardous to women’s health. “The proportion of abortion patients who were poor increased by almost 60%, from 27% in 2000 to 42% in 2008” (Clark-Flory). “Back alley” abortions are still available to the desperate who cannot afford a better illegal abortions. The cheaper alternatives to better illegal abortions can lack proper equipment and are usually done in an unhygienic environment (Arons and Saperstine). This heightens risk of infection. It has also been proven that illegal abortions can cause injury and infertility (Arons and Saperstine). Leaving women unable to take legal action, considering their abortion was illegal in the first place. The World Health Organization states that 78,000 women around the world die from unsafe abortion every year. Although

legal abortions can also go wrong, the risk is minimal. If abortion remains legal, surgeons with the right credentials who have trained for years can safely abort a pregnancy. Illegal or not, abortion rights should be available for all women.

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... also leave women looking forward to family planning when they are emotionally and mentally ready. Unplanned pregnancy can be a scary which is why abortion should be given as an option to every woman who isn’t ready for the responsibility of a child.

Works Cited

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Controversies: The Abortion Controversy. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2007.

Peikoff, Leonard. “Abortion Rights are Pro-Life”. Capitalism Magazine.

Clark-Flory, Tracy. “Abortion Rates Rise Among Poor Women”. Salon. 28 May 2010. Web. 27 May 2010.
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