A Womans Decision Essay

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A Womans Decision



A Woman's Decision
Many people believe that abortion is a moral issue, but it is also a constitutional issue.
It is a woman's right to choose what she does with her body, and it should not be altered
or influenced by anyone else. Abortion has joined the race and war as one of the most
controversial issues in the world today. There are many points of view toward abortion,
but two fine distinctions are "pro-choice" and "pro-life". Because I feel the decision to
abort a pregnancy is that of the mother and the state or any other individual has the
right to interfere; my position on abortion is "pro-choice".

Since the earliest settlers arrived in the United States abortions were being performed in
society. That was the case until the late 1800's when some states began passing laws that
made abortions illegal. This law stayed in effect until January 22, 1973 when the Supreme
Court ruled on Roe vs. Wade. It was then that the Supreme Court decided that it is a
woman's right to have an abortion, if she chooses, without state interference.

Pro-lifers want the law changed so that abortion is made illegal again. Between 1880 and
1973, when abortion was illegal, many woman died or had serious medical problem after
attempting to induce their own abortion or from going to untrained practitioners who
performed abortions with primitive instruments or did the abortions in unsanitary
conditions. Women streamed into emergency rooms with serious complications- -severe
bleeding, cervical wounds, infections, shock or even poisoning. In the United States
today, with abortions legal, doctors are committed to providing this service under
medically safe conditions. If abortions were made illegal again it would force poor women
to bear and raise children they can't afford to bring up. There would be a number of
unsafe abortions being performed in back allies again.

The decision to have or not to have an abortion by some women is based on standing family
values. Some women choose to protect and preserve those values; therefore, an abortion it
not even a consideration. The women deliver an unwanted child, resentment harbors within
the women through the years. As time passes, this harbored resentment may surface and
lashed out towards her spouse or significant and possibly even the child because she was
forced to have a child she did not necessarily want at that time in her life. The end
results being an unhappy home, possible abuse, or even divorce.

Women should be allowed to live their lives as they choose, not as it is chosen that they
live it. Being forced to bear a child could mean having to support another human being
that they may not be capable of doing so. The women give up their dreams of a better
life. Also, they may be pressured into a "shotgun" wedding to save their reputation.
Women should not be forced to make decisions based on the influence of other individuals
beliefs or values.

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