Abortion is the utmost common medical procedure in the United States. American physicians carry out approximately two abortions for every minute of the day, estimating to one million each year since 1973 (Napolitano). That’s only counting the United States. If you take account of the rest of the world the number increases to approximately 60 million (Flanders 3). Ever since the court case, Roe v. Wade (1973), abortion has become one of the most argued about subjects in the world, so it is important to think about the actions taken before, during, and after the abortion such as rape, the parental consent needed, and the overall risks to not only the mother of the child but also to the family.
As many pro-choice advocates would argue, rape should not be an exception for abortion. Yes rape is a horrific crime that nobody should have to go through, but it is not the babies fault. As Todd Akin’s commented, “some rapes of women are not mentally or seriously resisted” therefore are not considered “legitimate” rape (Napolitano). Now some people might question Akin’s statement on how rape could either be legitimate or not, but do they think about the occasion that some women indeed have sexual intercourse with a man and once the man finds out she is pregnant leaves the relationship. Once he leaves, she then reports that he had “raped” her. Approximately two-thirds of rapes or sexual assaults are unreported. For those who report it seldom do so instantly (Naden 58).
Nowadays we are seeing more teen pregnancies, and with that, more health providers are willing to keep the teens reproductive health services confidential. “The public policy debate over whether teenagers should be allowed to obtain reproductive health services confidentially or required to involve their parents dates back to the 1970’s, when teen sexual activity became increasingly visible and teen pregnancy was first deemed a national social problem” (Dailard). It is understandable for a teen to want to keep a terminating pregnancy private, but adults are lawfully responsible for them until the age of eighteen. Now 34 states obligate the minor to notify or obtain consent from either one or both parents; 21 of these states require parental consent, and 13 insist on having the parent notified (Dailard). If more parents were involved and aware of the teens pregnancy studies have shown a condensed of abortions and pregnancy overall (New). With parents’ support and advice more expecting teenagers chose childbirth (and also adoption) rather than abortion (Dailard). Also if it was required to tell the parents about the pregnancy, and teen was afraid to, they would reconsider the action and not have sex in the first place.
Not only is the life of the unborn baby at risk during abortion, but so is the mother’s. Approximately five million women a year wind up in the hospital due to unsafe abortions, and of those women, sixty-seven thousand die (Bailey 16-17). Then again did anybody think about the...