The Pro-Choice Side Of Abortion

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A twelve year old girl is raped by her father, becomes pregnant, and due to her age if she gives birth she will die. Obviously, this child should not be forced to carry a fetus. There should be a safe and legal abortion for this unfortunate girl. So why is there such a debate over abortion? Although the self-proclaimed “pro-life” side is strictly against abortion, the pro-choice side is not for abortion. The real argument is not focused on abortion but on the right to choose what to do with one’s body. The “pro-life” side is truly “anti-choice.” Access to abortion is a basic human right, it saves lives, and it is guaranteed, therefore it should be protected and expanded.
The defining beliefs for those who are pro-choice are, “that women should
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“In Maher v. Roe (432 U.S. 438), the court held that the 14th Amendment does not require a state participating in Medicaid to pay for needy women 's expenses arising out of nontherapeutic (not medically necessary) abortions simply because it pays childbirth expense,” (Alters). This decision brings in yet another complication of medical necessity and the resulting racial discrimination. Prohibition of tax-money abortions is discrimination against underprivileged minority women (Jacobson). Women make less money than men. How can a woman who cannot pay for an abortion be able to afford a child? PRLDEF encourages Medicaid to finance abortion for low-income females, realizing that the dearth of access amongst women to abortion facilities results from not having resources to pay (Jacobson). Women who cannot access birth control is not only a public health issue but is a human rights …show more content…
They use carefully constructed rhetoric, thinking if they declare that a fetus is a life, they make abortion equivalent to murder (Williams). Their other aspect of pathos is targeting the United States grim history of slavery. The anti-choice side compares slavery and abortion, demanding that the Supreme Court limits the rights of specific people by not treating them as fully human (Sullivan). Alas there are vast holes in their argument. There is a difference between a wanted and an unwanted fetus as not all fetuses are the same. People can be thankful for their abortions but mourn a miscarriage. A person who is unwantedly pregnant is only suffering. And as previously stated, fetuses are not alive nor are they fully

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