Women get abortions for many reasons such as for rape, teen pregnancy and health reasons. In 1973 the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decided on abortion being legal for women to have the right to choose what they do with a pregnancy. Trying to make laws against abortion is not going to stop them; this just makes them less safe. The number of women who get abortions does not change when it goes from being legal to illegal, or vice versa. The only thing that changes is more women die. Every year, seventy eight thousand, women die from unsafe abortions. Nearly all abortions take place in the first trimester, when a fetus cannot exist independent of the mother. As it is attached by the placenta and umbilical cord, its health is dependent on her health, and cannot be regarded as a separate entity as it cannot exist outside her womb.
Rape is one of many reasons that cause women to choose abortion to end their pregnancies. Fourteen thousand abortions are done because of rape in the United States. What to do about their pregnancy is mandatory, although many felt they were ending a life. They are wise enough to know how they would treat their illegitimate child. They hate their rapist, and worry that if they kept their babies, they would hate their children for reminding them of such a painful time. Some will say that this is taking away the fathers right’s but what about the mothers right? Were they not taken away when she was raped? In this case a woman deserves the right to make the choice to have an abortion. Women who have been raped can have problems delivering the child and suffer from lifelong problems that can affect her life and a child’s life greatly. In the case of rape or incest, forcing a woman made pregnant by this violent act would cause further psychological harm to the victim. Often a woman is too afraid to speak up or is unaware she is pregnant, thus the morning after pill is ineffective in these situations. Many would argue that these women could...
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