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Why Abortion Should Always Be Legal And Accessible-It Is The Only Intelligent Thing To Do!
NO Teenager And/Or Woman Should EVER Endure An Unwanted Pregnancy
There is no other topic that is more controversial and divisive than the issue of abortion. This topic has been the subject of often heated and intense debate for nearly four decades. While many people believe that a teenager and/or woman has a right to terminate an unplanned and/or unwanted pregnancy, more people do not believe in abortion except in cases of rape, incest, and/or if the pregnancy threatens the life of the mother, and some people are more extreme, not believing in abortion under NO circumstances even in rape, incest, and/or if the pregnancy impairs the mother's life.
Lately conservatives and pro-lifers are contesting a woman's right to abortion. Some Republican politicians such as presidential candidate Rick Santorum are avidly pro-life. Mr. Santorum strongly contends that abortion is murder of a human being. In MIssissippi, there was even a proposed Personhood Amendment that would state life begins at fertilization. Luckily, that amendment was defeated by progressive and right-thinking people.
Almost at every angle, there are people from extremely religious people to government officials who want to repeal abortion laws which would negatively impact women's reproductive choice and freedom. According to them, once a woman becomes pregnant, she is obligated to endure the pregnancy and have the child. These religionists and government officials fail to realize the right of the teenager and/or woman in question, their main concern is a nonviable form.
There are some moderate anti-abortionists. Yes, that is an oxymoron. There are people even though are opposed to abortion under most circumstances, they take an exception when it comes to rape, incest, and the life of a mother. They just do not believe in abortion on demand.
The ultrapro-lifers simply do not believe in abortion under any circumstances even in extreme cases such as three aforementioned cases. These people believe that once a teenager and/or woman has any type of sexual contact, either willingly and/or unwillingly, she must "bear the eventual consequences" of her actions. Their philosophy is that if one does the "crime", she should do the "time" so to speak. They subconsciously believe that a teenager and/or woman should be penalized for having sexual contact!
Many people, especially men, who are anti-abortionist subconsciously believe that "good" and/or "decent" women do not and/or should not indulge in sex except in its "proper" context which is in marriage and for the purpose of procreation. For them, any teenager and/or woman who indulges in sex outside of those two precepts is suspect. They further contend that if a teenager and/or woman has sexual relationships beyond these prescribed roles-she should endure the "hard" consequences of her "actions." I remember when I was in college in 1973, there were women protesting the Catholic Church's stance on abortion in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral. There are men present who counterprotested and one of them stated that abortion should never have been legalized, adding that if a teenager and/or woman elect to have sex, she should pay for her actions so to speak.
Those who are anti-abortion assert that teenagers and/or women are the totality and/or sum of their wombs. They maintain that girls and women do not own their bodies. They state that teenagers and women should be passive receptacles for bringing children in the world . According to their argument, teenagers and women do not own their wombs thus they have no right to interfere with their pregnancy but should accept and endure it as their anatomical destiny even if it is unplanned and unwanted.
According to their position, there is no such thing as an unplanned and/or unwanted pregnancy. They maintained that such an idea is only in the imagination of the teenager and/or woman involved. ln their estimation, if a teenager and/or woman does not want to have a baby, she has no business being in a sexual situation in the first place. They add that even if a teenager and/or woman is raped, she still must endure the pregnancy. Either way, they are penalizing the teenager and/or woman for being in a less than desirable situation. They glibly stated that if she does not wish to keep the baby, she can always put the baby up for adoption. Sure, after going through an arduous pregnancy for nine months.
What many anti-abortionists and pro-lifers refuse to realize that there are psychological and emotional perils regarding being forced to undergo a pregnancy, especially an unwanted and unplanned one. Pregnancy creates many physical and emotional changes in a teenager and/or woman. In addition to that, there are hormonal changes. Pregnancy is difficult enough when it is planned and wanted but imagine how much more onerous it is when it is quite the opposite.
Being subjected to an unplanned and/or unwanted pregnancy causes a girl and/or woman to derail her educational and/or career plans. For many women having an unwanted and unplanned child can seriously and negatively impact their relationship and financial status. For teenaged girls especially, an unplanned and/or unwanted pregnancy often causes her to drop out of school thus discontinuing her education and destroying her future dreams and goals. They also are the least likely to attend any type of college and/or pursue further education. They are often relegated to being either impoverished or near poverty as a result of insufficient education and a low paying job.
Studies confirm that unwanted children have negative psychosocial development because they do not adequately bond with the mother. This translates into they having low self-esteem. They also tend to have poor social interaction with their peers and other adult figures. Unwanted children are oftentimes more susceptible to abuse, emotional, verbal, and physical than children who are wanted. They also tend to be drawn into deleterious and other negative activities. They furthermore have mental health problems as adults.
As there are people who are staunchly anti-abortionist and pro-life, conversely, there are people who are pro-choice. They believe that teenagers and women should own their reproductive destiny. They assert that no teenager and/nor woman should be forced to endure an unplanned and/or unwanted pregnancy, adding that every child should be wanted.
To many pro-choicers, there is nothing more inhumane and egregious than for a teenager and/or woman to endure an unplanned and/or unwanted pregnancy with its negative psychological, physical, and emotional ramifications. In addition to that, they realize how unplanned and unwanted pregnancies adversely impact upon a teenager's and/or woman's life financially as well.
A study done by The National Abortion Federation authenticate that almost 50% of pregnancies are unintended and out of that percentage, 1.3 million are aborted. The study further confirmed that teenagers 15-19 years of age have a 19% abortion rate, the abortion rate of women 20-24 years of age are 33%, and women 30 years of age and over have a 25% abortion rate. The study shows that the rate of abortion is highest in women from 15 to 24 years of age and the lowest in women under 15 years of age and those 30 years of age and over.
Another study done by The National Abortion Federation substantiate that out of the population of sexually active teenagers, over 33% become pregnant. Out of the 33% percentile of pregnancies, an overwhelming 78% are unintended. Only 35% of the aforementioned teenagers who are pregnant elect to have abortions. A different study further confirm that teenagers who have abortions are more successful in school, subsequently attending college and other tertiary forms of education. They are also the more successful and more affluent careerwise in contrast to the impoverishment of teenagers who elect to continue with their unplanned pregnancies and have their babies.
Abortion is quite a viable option for teenagers and women who want to continue with their lives and careers. Just because they make a mistake and have an unplanned pregnancy does not mean that they should let that mistake derail them and prevent them from accomplishing their dreams and goals. Oftentimes birth control is not necessarily foolproof and 100% effective. Pregnancy occurs even with the most scrupulous attention to contraception. No teenager and woman should never be penalized permanently because of an unintended pregnancy. That thinking belongs to more unenlightened times. With the continuance of abortion as well as regular contraception, no teenager and woman has to ever endure an unwanted and/or unplanned pregnancy which often has deleterious effects on her life choices. Pro-lifers have their opinions; however, they have no right to enforce their beliefs on others. Pro-choice people know better than that!
In summation, abortion has been the most divisive topic of discussion in America for decades. There are some people who are pro-choice while others are moderately anti-abortion, believing in abortion only under dire and strenuous circumstances. More extreme anti-abortionists and pro-lifers do not believe in abortion whatsoever even in cases of rape, incest, and when the pregnancy threatens the mother's life.
Many anti-abortionists and pro-lifers contend that a teenager's and woman's womb is only a receptable for bearing children and nothing else. They contend that abortion denigrates the so-called preordained sanctity of the womb so to speak. They subconsciously believe that sexual relations should aptly occur in marriage and for the purpose of procreation. This translates into the assertion that if a teenager and/or woman elect to indulge in sex beyond the two prescribed rules, she ought to endure the consequences. They add if it is an unplanned and/or unwanted pregnancy, she should not have indulged in the first place. They further purport that there is no such thing as an unplanned and/or unwanted pregnancy-it is only in the teenager's and woman's estimation that there is.
However studies authenticate that teenagers and woman who continue with their unwanted and unplanned pregnancies must derail and/or discontinue their plans, careers, lifestyles, and/or goals. Teenagers who have unintended pregnancies often must discontinue their educations thus being relegated into low paying jobs which result in being poor. Unwanted children usually have low self-esteem because there is little or no bonding between the mother and child. They develop pathologies all through life which includes having mental health issues.
Abortion is a viable and last ditch option for those who become unintentionally pregnant. There is no reason for a teenager and/or woman to endure an unwanted and/or unplanned pregnancy. That is totally unnecessary given the advancements regarding reproductive technologies. Pregnancy should be an elective option, not an arduous obligation. It would be nice if pro-lifers not enforce their beliefs upon others and leave well enough alone!
The Issue of Abortion
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© 2012 Grace Marguerite Williams