Importance Of Abortion: The Right To Choose

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Right to Choose Abortion is perceived by some religions to be a heinous act, acceptable in no circumstances. It is claimed to be immoral by non-religious groups, and others believe a woman should live with the consequences of her actions. Other cultures view abortion as a regulatory procedure necessary to maintain existing lives. A woman has the right to choose whether or not she gets an abortion regardless of age, social status, religion, and financial situation. Despite religion, America is not a theocratic society in which the rules of the bible are followed by all citizens. Abortion is a fundamental right that all women deserve access to. Medically, abortions are common and meant to be performed by a licensed professional. The amount of …show more content…
The battle between the law and doctors regarding abortion and the rights of a woman have clashed many times in the past five decades. Roe vs. Wade was a decision made by the Supreme Court in 1973 to legalize abortion, protected by the Fourteenth Amendment in the United States constitution. Although the Fourteenth amendment does not directly mention abortion rights, it claims that all citizens should have access to the same rights. It protects the equal rights of all people, and claims that every citizen should have the same advantages (Constitution). The limit to safe abortion procedures hinders a woman’s access to her constitutional rights. In 1973, the Roe vs. Wade case made national history as Jane Roe decided she wanted to terminate her pregnancy. Texas law, at the time, only allowed abortion in the case that the pregnancy was threatening to the woman’s life. While Roe’s pregnancy was not life threatening, she still desired the medical assistance in order to terminate the pregnancy. Doctors were afraid that going through with the procedure would result in a violation of the law, as Texas state only allowed abortion under a situation where the pregnancy would be life-threatening for the mother (Paquette).Under these regulations, the state of Texas left the appellant struggling for rights to her body. This lack of access to a safe procedure left the appellant …show more content…
A child being born into a family who is financially unstable is incapable of raising a child is not only a bad situation for the would-be mother, but for the child as well. Margaret Skyes, a pro-choice activist, believes in in circumstances such as rape, a child as young as twelve years old could be faced with nine months of constant reminder of a traumatic experience she would rather not be forced to think about (Sykes). Once the child is born, there would always be a reminder that somewhere out there, living proof of her hardship exists. The same concept is applied to victims of incest. Most victims would prefer to keep their circumstances private. They tend to generally deny abortion, as giving birth would expose their culprit, but the victims who would rather not focus on the circumstance still have a right to a safe abortion (Reardon). Victims of such heinous crimes should not be subject to such severe suffering. Nonetheless, not being able to afford a child is the second most common reason for abortion. The average cost of raising a child is upward of $245,000 (To Raise a Child...). Gudrun Schultz, a pro-life activist, claims that women will see abortion as the more affordable option. Many women who seek abortion are too young, do not have a steady income, a stable family, or even a place to live. By forcing a

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