AbortionA Choice




Abortion is a very controversial issue that has been continually argued over the past few years and will continue for years to come. Before I get into the sides of abortion we must first define abortion. Abortion is the destruction of the fetus, or unborn child while the child is still in the mother\'s womb. There are two sides to this abortion topic. The Pro-life which is those who are against abortion altogether and the Pro-choice those who believe it is the women\'s right to choose if she wants to have an abortion. Personally, I am Pro-choice and I believe there are many clear-cut reasons to why I take this stand. In my paper I will support my position with facts about abortion, and areas where Pro-life imply that those in support of a woman\'s right to choose abortion are killers--meaning "anti-life," which is altogether untrue.
First off I want to state that for a quarter of a century millions of women have grown up under the protection of "Roe vs. Wade," secure in the knowledge that freedom to choose is a fundamental American value, and a constitutionally protected right. Although some oppose abortion, it may be due to either lack of knowledge, or that opponents of abortion rights claim that over 90% of all abortions are used as a substitute for a contraceptive (Quick Facts). Abortionists exclude from this definition that only some of those performed are because of a woman\'s life in danger, there is severe fatal deformity, or because the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest. Implying women in general are irresponsible and those who would choose abortion do so, with out carefully considering the impact of their decisions upon themselves and their families.
A reason to why I am Pro-choice is because of the extreme cases of rape and incest. I feel that it is wrong for the Pro-life to state, "Well there are adoption clinics where mothers would be more than happy to take-in the child." However, I always thought that bearing a child was suppose to be this special amazing thing, and a mother would want to keep the child that is part of her. But what if the fetus inside the mother isn\'t one of her own, what if the mother is the victim of the crime? I can totally understand how most victims would agree that it would be better to suffer through the pain of abortion than to have to live with a deformed child, or even worse a child that is not really their own as a result of rape or incest. "Victims of these crimes also report feeling dirty, guilty, and sexually violated." But nothing is as bad as having to be constantly reminded of the traumatic experience you went through everyday you see your child\'s eyes as the man who raped you. Furthermore, your child too is a victim with no father, and having to live with the fact that he/she was unwillingly brought into the world out of force.
Many women whom undergo abortion often suffer what is called Post Abortion Syndrome (PAS), a form of post-traumatic stress disorder with long-term chronic symptoms, which include nightmares, feelings of guilt, and attempted suicide. I believe this is mainly due to the high controversy shown on television, and words such as "baby killer" and "death chambers." People walking around with signs held high really get deep into an individual\'s head. In April 1990 the American Psychological Association concluded the psychological impact of abortion on women, stating, "government restrictions on abortion are more likely to cause women lasting harm than the procedure itself” (Effects of Abortion).
Another reason why I am for abortion is because of "problem births." What do we do when a mother is in the hospital bearing her child and complications occur to the point where doctors say the life of the pregnant woman is at risk, and only the mother or child will make it through this pregnancy? Well anyone in this situation I think would agree that they should save the mother\'s life and not risk both lives trying to save the potential life. I feel, danger to the mother\'s health makes the