There are several decisions one has to make on a daily basis. For example, what they’re going to wear that day, if they’re going to take the bus or the train or if they want to serve steak or chicken. But sometimes people have to make an even greater decision, such as whether or not to have an abortion. Millions of women in this world have been faced with this heart cringing decision that has made them really sit down and decide if abortion is the right choice for them. Throughout this paper toipcs will be discussed concerning abortion statistics, the moral beliefs behind it and the begining of life for the fetus. This is such a sensitive subject that is argued from every stand point.
There are a number of women that struggle with making the right decision when it comes to unexpected pregnancies (Durrett 9). The collected statistics range from race to economic status. The research shows that there are at least 1.37 million abortions a year and approximately 3,700 a day. This means that every year, about 2 percent of American women between the ages of fifteen and forty-four have abortions (“Abortion Facts”). These women come from all races and ethnic groups. They represent all income levels and most religious backgrounds. Two percent of them are teenagers. About a million teenagers become pregnant every year and the number is greatly increasing. Although 54 percent of these teenagers decide to carry their pregnancies through full term, 40 percent decide to have abortions, and 6 percent have unexpected miscarriages (Durrett 9). Of these women white women obtain 60% of all abortions, their abortion rate is well below that of minority women such as Blacks and Hispanics. Statistics show that black women are more than 3 times as likely as white women to have an abortion, and Hispanic women are roughly 2 times as likely (“Abortion Facts”). If the law of abortion changed today, stating that is was illegal to abort an unborn child; millions of women would have to make up their minds up about what their final decision would be before taking part in any sexual intercourse. If abortion was illegal, it wouldn’t give people that outlet of rescue their looking for. It would force people to be more cautious when it came to their sexual actions or consider adoption if keeping the unborn child wasn’t an option.
While deciding whether to be pro-life or pro-choice, many people still have to consider the moral aspect of aborting a child. Some say that life begins when the baby is born; therefore, aborting it is not murder. Aborting a child is murder (Bader and Windle 8). It is a human being and it should have the same opportunities as everyone else. Abortion is one conflict, among many but religion is one of the biggest dividers of this topic. Among Christianity, Catholics, Southern Baptist, and Mormon churches officially oppose abortion. They all feel that God is the giver and taker of life, not man. Who are we to decide whether or not a child should have a chance at life (Bader and Windle 117)? The debate between pro-life, pro-choice and morally, immoral decisions are no where near close to being over. Many people in the pro-choice community believe that the battle for reproductive freedom has been won now that abortion is available. They believe that women have gained control over their reproductive capacities and have been “liberated from repressive rulings of patriarchal governments” (Morgentaler 111). This is not true. There are still women in other areas of the world that are held to their religious and family’s beliefs. They are reminded each and everyday that the decision of life does not lie in their hands but in the hands of their creator. So with that being said, abortion is morally unethical in the eyes of God and his followers; there is no denying it.
Little was known about the development of the fetus in the 1970’s (Lowenstein 34). Activity inside the womb remained a secret until the invention of...