Abortion in the U.S. : Both Sides

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Pro-life, or pro-choice? For, or against? Should it be legal, for a woman to get an abortion? Currently, in America, that answer varies in our government. In a majority of the U.S. abortion is illegal. In Mississippi, abortion is allowed in an instance where rape is involved. In Alabama and Massachutes abortion is allowed if the women’s health is endangered. In Oregon, California, Colorado, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Denver allow abortion in the case of rape, incest, or if the women’s health is endangered. In Missouri, abortion is allowed but with certain restrictions: there is a waiting period and there has to be a good reason for abortion not just that the women requests it cause she doesn’t want to keep her baby. In Missouri, you also can not have an abortion after 21 weeks and 6 days, it must be performed by a licensed physician, if the fetus is living on its own, measures must be done to save it — you cannot simply kill it. Anything against these rules is considered illegal unless the women’s health is in danger.

First off, the facts. Abortion is defined as the “deliberate termination of a human pregnancy.” Abortion was legally allowed in the U.S. as of 1973. Some people see it as murder, others see it as a choice that women should be given. I personally am pro-life, which means that I think abortion is wrong and see it as murder unless the women’s health is endangered.  A friend of mine though, is pro-choice which means she supports women getting the choice of whether or not to keep their baby. Time to hear from both sides regarding what is wrong and what is right in their eyes. 

We will first hear the side of pro-choice — the following are direct quotes from the pro-choice representative: “Personally, I believe women have the right to choose what they wish to do with their bodies, which is why I am Pro-Choice. There are so many laws about adopting a child, to the point where a 16-year-old girl would not be ‘responsible’ enough, but people claim the same 16-year-old girl must give birth to a child and she has no choice but to have it. Pro-Choice is the choice that a woman gets to decide what she wishes to do with her body, and she gets to choose if she wants to have an abortion or not. I strongly believe anyone should have the choice to get rid of a baby that they cannot afford to have. Now, the fact that abortion can happen at any time during pregnancy is a bit excessive. In my opinion, I think you should be able to choose what you want to do with your body, concerning abortion, until 7 months into the pregnancy.”

This is where they stand and how they feel on the abortion laws in Missouri, “I agree with the abortion laws in Missouri because they are not taking away the rights of a women, but at the same time, once the fetus can live on its own, they are not taking away it’s rights. Although I do wish the time to get an abortion was a bit more lengthy, I believe with such a controversial topic the time that has been given to women is reasonable.”

How they think our federal government should deal with abortion: “I believe any law concerning abortion should respect every right a woman has. If a 16-year-old girl does not want to put her body through childbirth, she should not have to, no matter the mistakes she made as to why she has a teen pregnancy. Having a child is something that should be heavily considered and sometimes a woman has to be selfish because it is her life that is changing. I am a strong believer in free will and I believe society should not have any say in what a woman does with her body.”

Now my side, Pro-Life. I believe that women should not be allowed to kill a fetus no matter what stage of the pregnancy they are in. If the women’s health is endangered, and the only way to help the women is abortion, then under certain circumstances I would understand it.  Life is defined as “ the individual existence of a human being.” In my eyes, a fetus is a form of life. There are many other options besides abortion if a woman does not want to keep her baby, you could put the child into the foster care system or up for adoption, in my opinion if you want that child to have a good life, adoption would be the better way to go, as parents who can not bear children of their own are looking for babies to adopt every day.

When I and the pro-choice representative were discussing this she asked what if that woman doesn’t want her baby to go through the horrific reality of the foster care system? Although our country tries their best, the foster care system can be traumatic to the kids who experience it first hand.

Planned Parenthood is one of the most popular places that offer abortion, every year our government gives them $528.4 million dollars for their services, most commonly abortion. What if all the money put towards abortion was put toward making a better foster system? What if all the time we spend debating abortion and whether it was right or wrong was spent creating a new system to make sure that these kids are getting placed an in good homes? We could improve our foster care system so much it wouldn’t even be an issue.

When it comes to Missouri’s laws about abortion, I understand some parts of it but there are also things I would change. If the only way to save the expectant mothers life is my removing the fetus then I would understand it under some circumstances, but that still is a very slim window. Besides that, I think our states should outlaw abortion completely. The same on the national level, unless the woman’s life is in danger and the only way to save her is through abortion, and she decides she wants that on her conscience then I think that it is okay. Besides that, I feel abortion needs to be outlawed in our country completely. As for the argument that a teen is most likely not fit to raise a child is true, which is why no one is asking her to raise a child, we are simply asking her to give it to a safe place or find a safe place for it to live.

Now that you have the facts, and have heard from both sides of the situation, where do you stand? We as middle-schoolers are often told that our opinions don’t matter, that it’s not our place and that we are “too young” to understand. All of that is wrong. Your opinion does matter. It is our place. This is going be our world here before too long and I think adults need to realize that. We have to deal with the aftermath of all the mistakes current generations make. So please RESPECTFULLY let us know what your opinion is in the comments below.

 

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