SOC 101 – SEC 003
2013 April 04
Health: Abortion versus Adoption
Adoption should be stressed as an alternative to pregnant women that are considering abortion, and should go as far as to grant benefits to someone that wants to adopt. Murder, gruesome death, blameless, young infant; these terms do not belong together, but sadly, every twenty-two seconds, a baby dies from abortion (Just). The Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 legalized that a woman, along with her doctor, could choose abortion in earlier months of pregnancy without restriction, and with limitations in later months. Unexpected pregnancies commonly end in a termination of life. Scared and confused, new mothers assume that an abortion is the only option. Women, who are considering abortion for personal reasons, should instead choose adoption. Adoption is the second choice, as well as the better choice. Facing an unplanned pregnancy can be very difficult and scary, and deciding what to do will be even harder. While you may feel totally alone at this time, know that you aren't. According to the March of Dimes, nearly sixty percent of pregnancies in the United States are unplanned. That is to say, millions of women have been in your shoes. Keeping perspective at this time is critical. The most important thing to remember is that you have a choice, every woman does. There are three main paths: parenting, abortion or adoption. Parenting, abortion and adoption all have a different cost whether if its money or emotions, there's always a price to pay. There is no cost to you if you choose adoption. In fact, pregnancy-related expenses are paid for by the adoptive family, which often include medical care and living expenses. Examples may include: rent, utilities, maternity clothing, food, prenatal vitamins and any other medical expenses not covered by your insurance or Medicaid. You will be able to speak with your adoption specialist about your specific needs. Abortion is an expensive process, in which there may be different procedures depending on how far along you are. Depending on how far along you are in the pregnancy, the cost will range from $500-$2,000 for an abortion. There may also be additional charges for ultrasound, the "morning-after" pill, birth control and further medical treatment, should an infection should occur. Parenting is the most expensive option.
Total cost to parent a child ranges from $1,000-$2,000 monthly. This estimate may include but is not limited to: diapers, baby bottles, formula, clothing, car seat, day care, first aid supplies, blankets, crib or bassinet, and hygiene products. A parent must also budget for shelter, food, transportation, and utilities to raise their child. (American Adoptions. “Adoption vs. Abortion vs. Parenting”. America's Adoption Agency. 05 May 2012. 10 Feb. 2012. Web) There are very few similarities between abortion and adoption. You can pursue earlier goals. You can live independently. You will not have to parent prematurely. You will avoid being forced into a hasty marriage or a relationship. If you are a teenager, you can resume your youthful lifestyle. There are no similarities between parenting and abortion. One important similarity between adoption and parenting is that you can give life to your child and watch your child grow up. Now here are some differences between the two: With adoption your pregnancy ends with giving life, with abortion your pregnancy ends with death. When you do an adoption you can feel good and positive about your choice, when you have an abortion you may feel guilt and shame about your choice. Adoption: you will remember giving birth, abortion: you will remember taking a life. With adoption you will have plenty of time to plan you and your baby's future, while on the other hand abortion is final; you can't go back on your decision. When giving up for adoption you can hold, name, and love your baby, when getting an abortion you will...