Women Have the Right to Choose Abortion
An abortion is a woman's option to terminate a pregnancy. It is an induced
miscarriage. Abortion has become an extremely controversial topic in the past 3 decades
since it has been legalized. There has been extreme violence stemming from this issue
that we as a country need to put under control, regardless of our personal stances on the
There are many reasons why a woman would choose to have an abortion. She
does not feel she is ready to be a parent, she can not afford a baby, and being too young
or immature to be responsible for another life are only three of these reasons. If a woman
becomes pregnant due to a rape or from incest would be another reason. It has been
found that almost fifty per cent of all women will have an abortion by the time they reach
45. Is this number increasing since the legalization of abortion? Probably not,
considering the fact that before abortions were legal they were still being preformed. The
only difference is now they are safer.
Before 1965, abortion was somewhat taboo. No one dared to even discuss the
issue. Abortion was frowned upon and considered "evil"; therefore it remained a very
private issue. Abortions were performed by doctors, nurses, midwives, even
chiropractors. Being that abortions were not performed in a hospital or clinic, anyone
who felt like it could become an abortionist. These abortions were referred to as back-
alley abortions. They were unsafe and lead to the deaths of many women, but in 1933 it
was estimated that nearly 2 million were performed (Grisey). This proves to us that
regardless if abortion is legal or not, if a woman feels she needs to have one she is going
to. The prices of thes...
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... to an increase in child abuse and neglect. I am not encouraging the use of
abortion as a method of birth control, but accidents will happen. Some people are
responsible enough to deal with these accidents, but some feel that they are not ready to
bring a child into this world. If a mother feels she can not properly care for a child, isn't
it better for the fetus to be aborted before it is brought into a world where it can not be
properly loved, cared for and supported?
1. Grady, John L, Abortion Yes or No. (no printing press). Florida,1972.
2. Grisey, Germain, Abortion: the Myths, the Realities and the Argument.Corpus Books,
3. O'Donnell, Thomas J, Medicine and Christian Morality. Alba House, New York, 1976