Abortion

by Alyssa Montoya

Should Abortion be legal?

I think that abortion should be legal because if an accidental intercourse occurs, it is not your fault. You have enough freedom to determine whether you want an abortion or not and the government can not take away your rights if there comes a time to make that choice.

What is abortion?

Abortion is an efficient way for women to stop the growth and development of a child during unwanted pregnancies. On April 18, 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the first-ever federal law banning abortion procedures and gave politicians the green light to interfere in the private health care decisions of women and families. Women all over the country have to travel great distances to reach a clinic that still allow abortions. In early years, some people had to get abortions in alleyways with unsanitary equipment and unprofessional procedures.

Text Evidence

  • "An abortion fund is a group of people who will help you pay for your abortion when you can’t afford it." This means that even if you choose to get an abortion but can't afford it, there will be a group of people who will donate so that you can get an abortion.
  • "Current research shows that the senses of the fetus are not developed enough to feel pain before 28 weeks gestation." If you are worried about causing the baby harm to the point that they can feel then this info helps you not worry about it.
  • "Recent abortion bills in Congress have also expressly excluded women, including the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act." These acts are proof that getting an abortion is legal.
  • "Half of the state's 41 abortion clinics closed, with some facing an unnervingly long wait and others traveling hundreds of miles, sometimes leaving the state, for the procedure." Some states don't allow abortions which is why women have to travel to have these procedures performed.
  • "Aborting a fetus prior to the third trimester prevents both physical or psychological pain to the fetus and is completely legal."

Counterclaim

Most people are against abortion and consider it "murder". I understand why people would think that because that's basically what abortion procedures do. Murder is the killing of another human being under law. However, under the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 and U.S. law, abortion is legally a woman's decision. That means if someone believes the existence of the fetus within their body is in danger, they have a choice to either abort or continue the pregnancy. Therefore, abortion is not legally murder.