The Abortion Should Be Legal Essay

1401 Words Mar 10th, 2016 6 Pages
Many clinics offer abortions to a range of crowds, those include unplanned pregnancies from having unsafe sex to the mother having a terminal illness and not wanting to pass it on to her child. In the United States abortion should only be legal in cases of rape, terminal illness in the mother or baby, and birth defects. According to US National Library of Medicine, in victims aged 12 to 45, the national rape-related pregnancy rate is 5%, of those pregnancies 50% had an abortion. Of all pregnancies that the child has a birth defect, 6% end in abortions. In cases of pregnancies where the mom has a terminal illness they normally don’t have the opportunity to abort their babies. According to the CDC, an estimated 32,101 pregnancies are from women being raped. Only 11% of these victims received immediate medical attention after being raped, 47% received no medical attention. 32% of these pregnancies weren’t found until the second trimester, 50% had abortions, 6% placed the infant for adoption and 12%, unfortunately, suffered from miscarriages. According to the Medical University of South Carolina, 31% of all rape victims develop PTSD during their lifetime and were 6 times more likely to develop PTSD than women who had never been victims of crime. Adding a baby to their life could cause them to have flashbacks and could cause them to abuse the baby. Women often suffer from emotional and mental problems after being raped, those include major depression, often are suicidal, turn…

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