“If the anti-abortion movement took tenth of the energy they put into noisy theatrics and devoted it to improving the lives of children who have been born into lives of poverty, violence and neglect, they could make the world shine.”1 This quote refers to all the unwanted children in the world that suffer every day and every minute only because their mother could not abort them. One may ask, what is the point of bringing these children into the world when there is no one to take care of them when they are hurt, hug them when they are sad, and make them feel special? Some of these children might actually be wishing to die rather than live in their cruel lives. This is when the pro- choice movement arises. Being pro-choice doesn’t mean being pro-abortion, it means that a woman should have a choice between bringing a wanted child into the world and killing an unwanted child. Even though the world has prospered so much over the years, many people are still ignorant. According to our society, religion, and government, abortion is immoral and unjust, but are they being just to a woman? A woman should have her own choice on whether to keep her child or to abort it, without the interference of others, and that is what being prochoice is mainly about.
The Coat Hanger Project, which came out in 2008, is a documentary film by Angie Young. In this film, Young aspires to teach her audiences about abortion rights and reproduction justice. The Coat Hanger Project describes how a large number of women tried to dislodge their pregnancies by inserting coat hangers, knitting needles, and other elongated objects in their uterus. Some of these women also tried to self-abort their child by throwing themselves down the stairs. The documentary shows that after the Roe vs. Wade court case of 1973 “anti-choice forces have been making it their decision to dismantle women’s reproductive freedom.”2 Despite all the gains in this movement, many people in the world still hate the idea of women having control of their own lives. When the society or government deny women access to abortion, it forces them to carry a fetus to a term that they do not want, or they try to end the pregnancy to themselves or with the help of an underground provider. This underground provider may or may not know what they are doing, which can lead to the death of the child as well as the mother. The Coat Hanger Project enlightens us on the pro-choice movement and provides us an idea as to why bearing a child should be a choice, not an obligation.
People that are pro-life believe that life begins at conception, which is certainly not true. It is believed that when a child is in the womb, it is still part of its mother, not an individual, which gives the mother the complete right to abort it whenever she wants. A fetus cannot survive without the amniotic fluid in the womb until it is 25 or 26 weeks, so until that time, the fetus is still a part of its mother. “There is no scientific consensus as to when human life begins. It is a matter of philosophic opinion or religious belief. Human life is a continuum---sperm and eggs are also alive, and represent potential human beings, but virtually all sperm and eggs are wasted. Also, two-thirds of human conceptions are spontaneously aborted by nature.”3 Legally, a fetus is not considered alive until it is viable.
There are many religious people believe abortion is immoral. They don’t understand that taking away the rights of a woman is also immoral. If it is because of religion, it should be clear that America was founded by people who were escaping religious oppression. A woman should not be forced to do what she doesn’t want to. According to all religions, women and men are supposed to be equal. God gave us freedom of choice and if He, as a God, gives all of us this freedom, what right does anyone have to take it away from women?
It is obvious that abortion is not an easy choice to make and the women who are unexpectedly...
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