"When they took me into the O.R., I took a deep breath and went to sleep. When I woke up, I was in the recovery. I just felt so empty inside - one minute I had a life living inside me and 20 minutes later there's nothing. I just started crying hysterically. The nurse came up to me and said "Why are you crying? You got what you wanted, now be quiet; you're going to worry the other girls." I got myself under control and walked out into the waiting room. As soon as I got out of there I just started screaming and crying, "What did I do?" I had to be carried into the car. I cried all the way home - in my life I have never felt so much pain like that day. It's been 4 months now, and it still hurts like it was yesterday," said eighteen year old Shantel Garcia, months after a surgical procedure that changed her life.
On January 22, 1973, Roe v. Wade, an ever controversial US Supreme Court case established that most laws against abortion violate a constitutional right to privacy, overturning all state laws outlawing or restricting abortion. According to Abortion TV's website as cited in 2003, abortions are one of the most common surgical procedures in the world. However, does that make them justified? Today, I am going to outline for you why I believe abortions should not continue to be legal in the United States and explain the responsible choices women can make, even in the midst of an unwanted pregnancy, that do not involve the termination of our future.
My first problem with abortion is the myth that a baby is not really a living being until its third month of growth. Hence the belief that if an abortion is performed during the first trimester than it merely rejecting a cell within the mother's womb. However, this myth mostly comes from a series of word choice games. On many pro-choice websites, the reference to an unborn baby is typically a fetus' or zygote'. According to the Access Science Dictionary 2005, the term fetus is defined as the developing body...
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