If she is unhealthy, she may not be able to produce a healthy baby. If this is the case, she should have the option to abort. Abortion must remain an option for women because there many women in the United states not financially, emotionally, or physically ready to have a baby. Why should the government force women to bring children into the world? Millions of unintended pregnancies in the United States each year end in abortion.
The average woman comes up with at least three excuses for having an abortion; ¾ say they if they have the baby it will interfere with work or school, another ¾ say they can’t afford this child and ½ say they don’t want to be a single parent or they’re having too many complications with their significant other. What if you were one of these woman coming up with an excuse as to why you can’t have this child? Would you really want to go through with killing it instead of having it? Even though it is wrong to have woman continue pregnancy when rape or incest has occurred or if this pregnancy affects the woman’s health and well-being, it is also wrong to take someone’s life from them. I am against this because back in 2008 approximately 1.21 million abortions took place in the US.
Teenage Pregnancy Rate Of the 29 million young people between the ages of 13 and 19, approximately 12 million have had sexual intercourse. Of this group, in 1981, more than 1.1 million became pregnant; three- quarters of these pregnancies were unintended, and 434,000 ended in abortion (What Government Can Do, 1984). The number of pregnancies increased among teenagers in all age groups during the 1970s, but among those who were sexually active the pregnancy rate has been declining. Because of increased and more consistent use of contraceptives by teenagers, the rate of pregnancy among them has been increasing more slowly than their rate of sexual activity. Although the number of teenagers who are sexually active increased by two-thirds over the 1970s, over half of U.S. teenagers are sexually inactive (Teenage Pregnancy, 1981).
Minor's account for fewer than one in 10 abortions performed (PPFA , 1999). Furthermore, it should be her right to do so without parental consent. More and more teenagers are getting pregnant, and they are doing so at younger and younger ages, 17, 16, and 15... The average age a young girl starts her first menstruation cycle is at an all time low of about 12 or 13, (Potts, 1990, as cited in PPFA, 1998-2002) and because four out of five young people have sex as a teenager, (AGI, 1999a, as cited in PPFA, 1998-2002) a greater number of girls are at the risk of becoming pregnant. Eighty-one percent of women aged 20-24 had sexual intercourse before the age of 20 (1, as cited in Gale Group, 2002).
The majority of teens tell their parents about their pregnancy, but there is a smaller group of teens who do not have that kind of support in their home (Page). Teens are prevented from having abortions because of parental consent laws since they are in fear of their parents' reactions ("Young). Parental abuse is an issue when it comes to teens getting parental consent, some par... ... middle of paper ... ...ir parents; How can we force them to get consent? Parental consent laws are not helping young women or her relationship with her family. Due to abusive homes, older 17-year-olds are willing to wait and not get parental consent until their 18th birthday when they don’t have to get any kind of consent form in order to obtain an abortion.
Not only will it be difficult to care for a child, but their choices will be limited when the baby is born. Teens 16 to 19 were three and one-half times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape or sexually assaulted which leads to my third reason why teenagers should be able to have abortions. Teenagers should absolutely be able to have an abortion if they are raped it’s un-fair to force a victim to have her attackers child. Teenagers are still kids. So basically we have a bunch of kids having kids which is insane.
A full term pregnancy is generally 40 weeks, therefore any baby born before 37 weeks is considered premature and more at risk for respiratory, cognitive, digestive, and vision problems (5). In addition, babies who are born prematurely are more likely to be low-birth-weight babies, only weighing 3.3 to 5.5 pounds. 9% of teenage girls give birth to low-birth-babies, whose organs are not fully developed (Smith, 1). Thus, resulting in respiratory problems and bleeding in the brain (Smith, 1). These are just a couple facts that some Americans don’t consider when judging or shaming teenagers who get abortions.
Abortion has been a hot topic of debate for many decades and will continue to be controversial because no one will ever agree on a common ground. Women have abortions for various reasons. The number one reason why a woman would have an abortion is because they feel as though they are not emotionally or financially ready for the responsibility of raising a child. Many people would argue that abortion should be illegal. Aborting a fetus in their eyes is considered murder.
Different views on abortion have been a widespread controversy for decades, in my eyes abortion is wrong. Aborting an unborn baby should be illegal and is becoming illegal in many states now. A fetus is a human being and humans have rights, so the law should protect the unborn. There are many to prevent unwanted pregnancies and other options besides abortion. Another way to make the number of teen abortions would be if teenagers started taking birth control.
The number of teen pregnancies compared to teen births also has a drastic difference. For example the teen pregnancy rate was 41,590 in the year of 2012, compared to 12,592 births. Meaning thirty percent of the girls terminated their pregnancy. With ... ... middle of paper ... ...ation. Sex education and access to contraceptives will prevent teens from making the wrong decision.