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A Woman’s Right to Choose


With so many women choosing to have abortions, it would be expected that it would not be so greatly frowned up, yet society is still having problems with its acceptance. Every woman has the fundamental right to decide for herself, free from government interference, whether or not to have an abortion. Today, more than ever, American families do not want the government to trample on their right to privacy by mandating how they must decide on the most intimate, personal matters. That is why, even though Americans may differ on what circumstances for terminating a crisis pregnancy are consistent with their own personal moral views, on the fundamental question of who should make this personal decision, the majority of Americans agree that each woman must have the right to make this private choice for herself. Anti-choice proposals to ban abortions for “sex-selection” or “birth-control” are smokescreens designed to shift the focus of the debate away from this issue and trivialize the seriousness with which millions of women make this highly personal decision. Any government restriction on the reasons for which women may obtain legal abortions violates the core of this right and could force all women to publicly justify their reasons for seeking abortion.

Most people agree that abortion should be a rare procedure. To accomplish that ideal, our society must proactively, by providing resources and support, offer pregnant women the hope that carrying their babies to term is not the end of their plans and dreams. Then their difficult decisions would really be true choices vice acts of desperation. After all, it is just as much “pro-choice” for a woman to take charge of her life and courageously carry her baby to term as it is for her to abort it. Responsible parents should also be involved when their daughters face crisis pregnancies. In fact, most teenagers do turn to their parents for guidance. But the government cannot mandate healthy family communication where it does not already exist. Laws that restrict minor’s access to abortion by mandating parental involvement actually harm teens and families they mean to protect, by increasing illegal and self-induced abortions, family violence, suicide, later abortions, and the teenage birthrate. The real agenda behind laws enabling parents to veto their daughter’s abortion decisions by requiring parental consent or notification is to deprive your women access to abortion. Opponents of choice are seeking to use the issue of parental consent to paint the pro-choice position as extremist and anti-family. The true pro-family position is the pro-choice position.

Having a pro-choice viewpoint is not something that a person chooses overnight. I went through seven years of sexual education before I really understood abortion and could make an educated decision on my choice of sides. I have gone from being totally against the abortion procedure, to fully accepting it. I believe that before you can really say that you do not believe in abortion you have to come up against it in your own life. I know several women who have had abortions, not so they could party or have fun, but so they wouldn\'t ruin their entire lives because of a mistake. They weren\'t particularly overjoyed about it - no one is - and all are good, decent people who had one abortion when they were teenagers or in their twenties, and they are now happy, well-adjusted mothers. Someone wise once told me that in order to really understand a person’s situation you have to walk ten miles in that person’s shoes. I stand behind that firmly because I have been the person trying to walk in the shoes, and have turned into the owner of those shoes.

The Planned Parenthood Federation Online has provided me with countless amounts of information and answers to questions that I have pondered. A particular part of the Planned Parenthood website that I found helpful was their history with abortion in the court system. This excerpt is a timeline that shows how far abortion has come within the courts in past 25 years, including the problems that they still face.
1976- The Missouri legislature’s attempt to impose husband and parental consent for an abortion and a ban on the most common second-trimester abortion method (then