What Is The Importance Of Abortion?

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Since abortion became legal in the United States in 1973 it has been one of the most controversial subjects in politics, and there is a good reason for this. For those who think life begins at conception they consider this operation barbaric and cruel, while those who want a woman to do what is best for her, believe that this surgery is a great way to get rid of unwanted pregnancies. However whether one is for or against abortion statistics show that it has been very helpful in the United States. Legalizing abortion has lowered crime rates, reduced the number of injuries and deaths due to illegal abortions, and it lets women have control over their lives and their bodies. In 1991 crime rates started to dramatically fall in the United States. …show more content…
“Half of the pregnancies that occur in the U.S. are unplanned and four in ten of these are terminated by abortion” (quick stats), one can only imagine the despair and panic some women feel when they learn that they are pregnant, so having the option to terminate a pregnancy is a very important one to have. Women get abortions for many different reasons, however one of the main reasons is being financially unstable. As stated by Suzanne Trupin, sixtynine percent of women who receive abortions are at an economic disadvantage. This means that if they were forced to go through with the pregnancy it would be extremely difficult for them to do so, especially because pregnancy is very costly in the United States, and is even more expensive if one does not have insurance. For example “The Truven Report put the uninsured cost of having a baby at anywhere from $30,000 for an uncomplicated vaginal birth to $50,000 for a C-section. And those prices have increased dramatically in the last four years” (Whattoexpect). Forcing a woman, who is most likely already having a difficult time providing for herself, to pay for a pregnancy or if she chooses to keep it, a child is completely unfair. If someone is not able to provide for themselves they should not be forced to carry out an unwanted pregnancy that …show more content…
There are many different reasons why people are against this procedure; some believe that it is morally wrong and believe that life begins at conception, thus meaning abortion would be the killing of an innocent child, however the most troublesome issue that anti-abortionists see with the procedure is that at twenty weeks the spinal cord and nervous system has been developed; meaning, the fetus can feel everything that is being done. And abortion is not a gentle procedure on the fetus, after nine weeks when the abortion pill, which causes the mother to have a miscarriage, stops working surgical procedures are the only way a woman can get an abortion. There are numerous ways that this can be done, and some have even been outlawed in the United States because they were deemed to be too cruel. Nonetheless the procedures that are legal are still troubling and painful to the fetus if done at twenty weeks of pregnancy. For example one doctor says that “An unborn baby at 20 weeks gestation is fully capable of experiencing pain. … Without question, [abortion] is a dreadfully painful experience for any infant subjected to such a surgical procedure.” - Robert J. White, M.D., PhD., professor of neurosurgery, Case Western University. Although this is a horrible finding, abortions after twenty weeks are very uncommon across the

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