Abortion: The Right to Choose
Abortion is a constitutional right of a woman in the United States and therefore should not be outlawed. Certain instances prove an abortion justified and blanket legislature against such useless, such as rape and incest and the health of the mother, and a simple fact that the practice would continue, only less safely and with more casualties. In 2012, 346,830 women were raped. According to medical reports, the incidence of pregnancy for one-time unprotected sexual intercourse is five percent. By applying the pregnancy rate to 346,830 female survivors, The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network estimates that there were 17,342 pregnancies as a result of rape in 2012 (Rainn.org/statistics).
Women who are raped or victims of incest should not be forced to carry out a pregnancy.
If a woman were raped, forcing her to have the child would cause further psychological trauma (Lowen). A pro-choice proponent on debate.org says:
“For any women reading this who are against abortion even in the case of
Rape, imagine this: A man violently attacks you and rapes you. In addition
to the initial trauma, you have to go through nine long months for knowing
that you have to carry to term the child of the man who raped you. Then
you have to go through the potentially FATAL process of childbirth-
which, even in the best case scenario, is very painful, and in worst cases
you (and the child) could die in extreme pain. Does this sound appealing to
you? Men, would you rather watch your wife/girlfriend die giving birth to
the child of her rapist? A fetus starts out as a blob of cells. So is it a living,
breathing human? Not really. The woman, however, is. By the time the
baby is developed enough to have hair, nails, etc. It's too late to get an
abortion anyway. I don't think running around and getting abortions all the
time is right, but if a woman is raped I think she deserves the right to make
that choice.” (Abortion Debate)
A woman’s body is not public property. It should be her choice to abort HER baby, from HER body. A woman's right to choose abortion is a "fundamental right" recognized by the US Supreme Court. The landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade was decided on Jan. 22, 1973, and remains the law of the land (Abortion ProCon).
Motherhood should not be a punishment for having sexual intercourse. President Barack Obama said during a Mar. 29, 2008 campaign speech in Johnston, Pennsylvania, "I have two daughters... I'm going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby." Pregnancy is dangerous, especially in teen girls, whose bodies are not yet ready for childbirth, are five...