Abortion: Where is the option?

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My mother’s friend has been pregnant with a total of five children. Of those five, only four of them are still here. At the time, her family was having money troubles, and she just received news of her fourth pregnancy. Her friend had to make one of the toughest decisions of her life. It was either keep the baby and her whole family would become homeless or go to a clinic and have an abortion. Abortion should be a safe, legal option for all pregnant women when deciding the future of their unborn baby. In 2011, Jennie McCormack was arrested for taking a pill called RU-486, “the abortion pill” (Hass). RU-486 is a drug only approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and is for women to use “up to the 49th day after their last menstrual period.” The woman takes two pills to “cause the death of the fetus” (Considering Abortion). McCormack, having a total of three kids, did not have the money for a 500 dollar trip to the nearest clinic, two-and-a-half-hours away. Thinking of her children, McCormack called her sister and asked her to buy the pill online for 200 dollars. Jennie thought she was twelve weeks along, but after she took the mifepristone and misoprostol, the RU-486 drugs, she turned out to be between eighteen and twenty-one weeks. When the fetus came out of her, she was terrified and called her friend, who then called his sister. The sister reported Jennie to the police. Idaho, where Jennie lives, has a 1927 law making a woman inducing her own abortion a five year prison sentence. Jennie’s case was taken to court and was later dropped due to the lack of evidence. During the second time this case was taken to court, neither the pro-choice side nor the pro-life side of abortion really wanted to do anything with this who... ... middle of paper ... ...a woman’s world. Works Cited Anonymous. Personal interview. 5 Apr. 2014. “Considering Abortion: Explore All Your Options.” Abortion Education. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Apr. 2014. Graham, Nicolas. “George Tiller Killed: Abortion Doctor Shot At Church.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 31 May 2009. Web. 05 Apr. 2014. Hass, Nancy. “The Next Roe V. Wade?.” Newsweek 158.25 (2011): 25. MAS Ultra - School Edition. Web. 4 Apr. 2014. Marisol, Bello. “Late-term abortion doctor killed at church.” USA Today n.d.: MAS Ultra - School Edition. Web. 5 Apr. 2014. Pickert, Kate. “The Abortion Decline.” Time 183.6 (2014): 18. MAS Ultra – School Edition. Web. 5 Apr. 2014. Pickert, Kate. “What Choice?.” Time 181.1 (2013): 40. MAS Ultra – School Edition. Web. 5 Apr. 2014. “Welcome to the Purdue OWL.” Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting and Style Guide. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Apr. 2014.

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