Abortion Clinics Should Not be Closed in the U.S.

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Abortion Clinics Should Not be Closed in the U.S.

In 1973, the Supreme Courtís decision made it possible for women to get safe, legal
abortions from well-trained medical surgeons, and therefore led to dramatic decreases in
pregnancy-related injury and death ("abortion"). Now there is a new proposal to close
abortion clinics. This proposal takes away the privacy rights of American women that are
guaranteed by our Constitution. By closing abortion clinics the government is not only
taking away womenís rights, but is also punishing those whom want to exercise their right
of a pro-choice woman.

Abortion clinics allow thousands of women every year to have abortions. Having the
abortion should be womanís personal choice. By closing these clinics, there will be no
providers to perform the operation, so the choice has already been made for them. Closing
the clinics will increase the barriers of having an abortion. When there are too many
obstacles, the right to make their own choice is taken away from them. In 1973 the
American Supreme Court ruled that Americansí right to privacy included: "the right of a
woman to decide whether to have children, and the right of a woman and her doctor to make
that decision without state interference" ("abortion"). The Constitution says we have a
right to privacy, so taking away a womanís chance to make decisions about her own body
violates that right.

The American Civil Liberties Union defends the Constitution and peoplesí rights.

ACLU has protected the rights of abortion for women, and in recent years has argued mayor
cases opposing restrictions that deny woman access to reproductive health care ("ACLU").
Policy 263 states: "The ACLU holds that every woman, as a matter of her right to the
enjoyment of life, liberty, and privacy, should be free to determine whether and when to
bear children."(The American Civil Liberties Union)

The closure of abortion clinics will be done with the purpose to reduce the number of
abortions. This raises the question whether this will be an effective method or not.
Before 1973 abortions were illegal yet the number of women who sought abortions did not
decrease ("abortion"). Before 1973 many thousands of women died or suffered serious
medical problems after attempting to perform their own abortions, or going to untrained
doctors who performed cheap abortions with uncivilized methods or in unsanitary conditions
(The Abortion Law Homepage.). If clinics are closed, women will still continue to attempt,
and succeed, in ending unwanted pregnancies just like before 1973. Women will risk their
health and possibly even their lives. By keeping these abortions clinics open it ensures a
higher probability that the women who do have abortions will be in a safe, sanitary
environment, and therefore injuries will be fewer in number.

If clinics are shut, the waiting lists of abortion clinics in other countries will be much
longer. Women will have to wait longer to get an abortion, and will be treated later in
their pregnancy which is much more dangerous for the pregnant women.

Pro-life activists claim that the unborn baby is alive and has feelings when the heart
begins beating. But, the heartbeat begins between the eighteenth and twenty-fifth day
("Fetus"). They also say that women who have abortions are "murderers". This problem could
be solved by keeping abortion clinics open, because then the woman can be treated before
the twenty fifth day when the fetus is not yet a living baby. She will not have to wait
because of long waiting lists, but instead will have the abortion as soon as possible with
as less psychological pain.

If a woman has to travel to another country to have a legal abortion, she will have to pay
more money. She will now not only have to pay for the abortion itself, but also the
traveling costs and that does not include the psychological costs as well. Not all people
can afford these costs. So by keeping clinics open more women will have the chance to
exercise their right and have their desired abortion. If a working woman or student
suddenly has to leave the country, this means she will have to think of excuses and lies
for an explanation. This is not fair to the woman, she should not have to explain herself
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