American Government I
24 November 2012
Should Abortion be prohibited?
There are few more controversial subjects in this country than abortion. The right to a legal abortion is one of the few subjects on which nearly everyone has an opinion. Those who think abortion should be readily available are called "pro-choice", while those looking to restrict the rights of women are called "anti-choice". I am vehemently pro-choice, I believe abortions should be kept legal in all trimesters for any reason. Though my view may seem a bit extreme, the legal right of women to get a safe abortion performed by a doctor is being slowly but surely eroded away. The right to abortion was guaranteed by the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, but recent legislation has been passed to make it more difficult to obtain one, and efforts are being made to make it illegal altogether. Though the majority of Americans would rather have abortion safe and legal, President Bush, a Republican and an anti-feminist if there ever was one, is against legal abortion and is forcing his beliefs on the rest of the nation. In his first executive order, he completely cut funding to any organization that would perform an abortion or recommend a place where one could be done. (Goldstein) This is especially tragic, considering that family planning services, which provide knowledge and contraception to females, help PREVENT abortion by preventing pregnancy. There was also a bill, promoted strongly by Bush himself, marching through the legislative system right now that would completely ban any type of third trimester abortion, EVEN IF the mother's health was in danger. Seeing as the MAJORITY of late term abortions are done because of a threat to the mother's heath, this bill promotes reckless disregard for the well-being of women across the country, and proves the anti-women agenda of the Bush administration. (Goldstien)
There are countless different circumstances requiring the mother to have the choice to get an abortion. A large majority of Americans agree with safe and legal abortions for rape victims and for those whose health is threatened. (Planned Parenthood.) But what about those who are not financially or emotionally ready to support a child? You may say adoption is the best solution for these women but what the huge amount of children who are never adopted, and spend their entire childhood in an orphanage? Or the children who will be forever scarred by the succession of foster homes and will never get a true feeling of stability because of constantly being jerked around to unsuitable home after unsuitable home? (Adoption Fact Sheet.) Sometimes even the actual birth of the child will present a problem. What about a young teenager who is pregnant, or a nine year old who was raped? Should she have the baby? There could be serious repercussions if she does not get the nutrition she needs during her pregnancy or correct prenatal care. Death rate during birth and chances for a premature or otherwise unhealthy baby is also dramatically higher among younger mothers, for obvious reasons. (Planned Parenthood) What if the mother does not want children, or cannot take the time necessary to properly care for her unborn child? If she does not have an abortion, and she is forced to give over her body as a life support system to something else, she may resent the child unfairly for the burden it has placed upon her. Resentment of children often leads to child abuse. All children should be born into a caring, loving environment. The child is being born with a huge disadvantage- a mother who does not want it and is not ready for it. And if it's own mother doesn't want it, how do you think it'll fare with the rest of the world? The ability of humans to make the decision to control their fertility is what separates them from animals. I can decide if I want a child now or later. I do not have to sacrifice my life and my health simply to give a clump of cells...