Women Have The Right To Abortion

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Women Have the Right to Abortion


Webster's New World Dictionary defines the word abortion as, "any spontaneous expulsion of an embryo or a fetus before it is sufficiently developed to survive" (Webster's 1988; Pps. 3- 4). Assuming the reader of this essay agrees with the above definition, I will explore the following thesis, and support my answer with appropriate, adequate documentation, from "Conversations":

"Should abortion be legal? At what point in time, and under what criteria should it be restricted?"

Let me begin with a rather neutral source. Sallie Tisdale, a registered nurse and writer (Tisdale, 737) in her essay, 'We Do Abortions Here', states:

"Like many women my age, I took the pill as soon as I was sexually active. To risk pregnancy when it was so easy to avoid seemed stupid, and my contraceptive success, as it were, was part of the promise of social enlightenment. But birth control fails, far more frequently than laboratory trials predict" (Tisdale, 738)

According to the 'left', abortion shouldn't be legal for anyone, regardless of the circumstances. What about this first example? Do those with this philosophy imply that women just shouldn't have sex, plain and simple, until they're ready to handle caring for a child? How does this conflict with the reality in our society that young men and women are having sex at an earlier age, then in previous generations? Is it possible that although this idea is well-intentioned, it may not take into account a person's need to be sexual, which is just part of the human condition?

What's a woman to do, if she's taken the necessary precautions, including one of several choices, including condoms (both for men and women), or the pill, and either method fails? Neither method of birth control is a hundred percent safe. Is the woman, and possibly her mate, to put off their life's goals forever, instead to raise a child they may not be mentally, emotionally, nor financially capable to take care of?

Some on this side may argue in favor for adoption. Have they not seen the masses of children spending their entire life waiting to be adopted? Do those on the left really care about these children, and the quality of life they are to lead, or are they merely out on a self-righteous 'quest', for themselves attempting to control anyone who doesn't contribute to their "puritanical" ideals?

What should happen, in those cases of rape, or pregnancy complications? Should the woman be forced to be given a daily reminder of the brutality once caused against her; for something which was out of her control, and against her will? Should she be made to die, again, for complications which are, again, out of her control? These ultimatums do appear rather harsh, especially since anti abortionists such as Meehan advocate "the right to life", and are against the exploitation of women.

John Irving, in his essay entitled, 'Pornography and the New Puritans' asserts, "Fascism has enjoyed many...

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