699,202. Per the CDC as of 2016 there was 699,202 unborn children reported aborted in 2012, legally. Surprisingly that’s a 5% decrease compared to 2011. Now the question is are you pro-life or pro-choice? I’m pro-choice. The way I see it is, if you’re against abortion don’t have one. Some will say that’s crucial for me to say and think, but in all reality the woman has the right to make her own decisions. No law should tell any woman what she can or can’t do with her body. Every single person has a right to their own opinions, but before any of us have an opinion we need to sit back and look at then pros and cons.
Per MIT, 14,000 women have abortions following rape or incest. 54% of young women between the ages 18-34 are at high risk of sexual violence. Would you want to have a child from being raped, especially at a young age? Of course not. So what gives you or I the right to decide if one of the unlikely women can abort their unwanted child or not? It’s their choice, not ours. Now personally I have multiple views on this topic. Yes I am pro-choice, but if you aren’t forced into a sexually situation and get pregnant then that is on you. That’s something you need to take responsibility for. If you are raped and get pregnant that’s not your choice that’s something that was forced upon you. There’s always individuals that are going to say “oh she asked for it” “oh she puts out” “she deserved it” however that does not change anything, it is still something that was forced upon the woman she shouldn’t have to live with someone else’s mistake. Now I’m not saying that woman wouldn’t love her unwanted child unconditionally if she were to keep it, but it’s just not the right thing to do. That child will grow up struggling due to his father’s decisions and mistakes. The woman’s decisions aren’t the only ones who will impact the child’s life. Some need to realize this.
Individuals fail to realize how certain decisions and choices will affect a child’s life. Many are unaware that children are victimized at a much higher rate than adults. According to Darkness to Light, 39% of 7 to 12 year-old girls with a history of sexual abuse have academic difficulties. Many of the children also demonstrate an increase in substance abuse. There’s also many behavioral problems caused by rape, not only the woman has them, but also the child. The woman isn’t the only victim, the child is too. You may think abortion is terrible and you’re killing a human, but in the end it’s not terrible. Most of the time a human isn’t being killed, it’s being saved from a life full of hell.
Anti-abortion leaders fail to realize that no woman has an abortion for fun. I personally believe that there is a lot of feelings and thought put into an abortion, the woman has looked at all the pros and cons. No soon to be mom wants to end a child’s life just to make their life easier. If you cannot financially support the child, you don’t live in a good environment for the child, if you don’t have the ability to raise the child to be good or are to unhealthy to have the child then abortion is ok. There’s always adoption, but you never know if the child is going to a good home. There’s just so many risks when it comes to having a child especially an unplanned one. For some it’s a miracle, but for others it’s a nightmare and they shouldn’t have to live with that. It’s cruel for me to say, but I am thinking of the child’s future and so is the woman. A soon to be mother does everything she can to make sure she is doing everything possible to give her child the life he/she deserves. “Listen to the pregnant woman. Value her. She values the life growing inside her. Listen to the pregnant woman, and you cannot help but defend her right to abortion” (Ayelet Waldman).
Per Lydia Saad Americans choose Pro-Choice for the first time in seven years. Americans divide 50% pro-choice. 54% of women are now pro-choice vs. 46% of men. “Seventy seven percent of anti-abortion leaders are men. 100% of them will never be pregnant” (Planned Parenthood). Women should always be in control of their own fertility. If you’re happily married I think the decision needs to be between both spouses. If you’re in an unhappy marriage talk about it with your spouse. If you’re single talk to the father. If you don’t know who the father is talk to a friend. If you’re sexually abused and pregnant then think about the pros and cons to the child’s future. In the end though the decision is and should always be the woman’s decision.
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