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Adoption Is an Option
The first question a teenager asks after getting a positive pregnancy test is, “What am I going to do with the baby?” There are three options to consider: getting an abortion, keeping the baby, or giving it up for adoption. Abortion is probably the worst and most dangerous, followed closely by the decision to keep the baby, which is also dangerous and very expensive. Adoption is the safest, least expensive, smartest choice to make, and is the most emotionally healthy decision for a teenager.
Teenagers tend to fail to grasp the reality of their actions and the consequences of their choices. In an adolescent’s mind, it’s not a big deal to have sex, as long as no one knows. They have low self-estimation of risk factors and consider themselves “invulnerable” (Persoskie, Web). According to E. Ringdahl, a family physician, “Adolescents harbor the unrealistic perception that they are invulnerable to pregnancy and may therefore not use contraceptives on a regular basis” (Immell 26). Teenagers also have poor self-estimates of the future. Alexander Persoskie recently did a study on teens and what they expected would be their future. For example, “63% of the teens who were not enrolled in school had, one year earlier, indicated a 0% chance of this occurring” (Persoskie, Web).
When a teenager becomes pregnant, abortion is always considered. However, it is the most dangerous action to take. According to Leslie Cannold, “Recent statistics show that nearly 50 percent of doctors who used to perform abortions in the United States have simply closed up shop. Many have been unable to afford . . . to practice safely” (Cannold 18-19). The percentages of those in support of abortion continue to drop over the years due to the danger and immorality of it. Abortions are not much safer than they used to be and the prices for them continue to climb. Abortions are so expensive because those who perform receive low wages. In fact, according to Cannold’s research, many gynecologists are giving up the abortion profession because it is “both low-status and relatively low-paid work” (Cannold 19). Gary McCuen’s research says that “over the last decade, more than 500 U.S. hospitals and clinics have stopped offering abortion services” (McCuen 14). The danger of abortion is very real, but so is the diminishing legality of it. “The continuing legal ambiguity has not, on the whole, impeded women’s access to a safe- though somewhat pricey-first-trimester abortion service” (Cannold 19). According to Oliver Trager, “Most people would also agree that the 1.6 million legal abortions a year in this country are too many” (Trager 151). Another problem teenagers will face with abortion is the morality and ethics of it. It may not seem like an important issue at the time, but afterwards when a teenager needs therapy for years, abortion won’t seem like the best option. Norah Piehl interviewed some mothers on their experiences being pregnant and considering abortion. One woman, with the last name Canticle, said, “I had to face up to the awful reality that abortion was not about ‘products of conception’ or ‘missed periods.’ It was about children being killed in their mother’s wombs” (Piehl 46). In another interview with Norma McCorvey, she says, “In God’s world, love has no limits. In the world of abortion, limits determine life” (Piehl 48). To McCorvey and most other women who have had or are considering having an abortion, you either take the path of God and life or take the path of abortion and death. People have gone so far as to say that the fetus is only the “equivalent of a fish” and that aborting is simply “throwing the baby out with the bathwater” (Cannold 33). According to Cannold, “A ‘good’ woman would not off-load the responsibility of pregnancy to an artificial womb” (Cannold 107). If the pregnant teenager does not want to have a burden to carry for...
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