Only nine years old, young Katelyn was walking home from school(less than a mile away), and the next thing she knows someone grabs her painfully by the arms. He holds her at knifepoint as he violently rapes her. Young Katelyn has cuts and bruises all over her swollen body. She is traumatized. Just a couple of months later, she discovers she’s carrying the criminal’s baby. Tears rush down her innocent red cheeks. She doesn’t want to experience pregnancy as it will be a constant reminder of the terrible incident she went through.
She’s scared and lost with nowhere to go. Why would any human put Katelyn through this? There is a way out, but what if that path to sunshine was demolished? Abortion should remain legal because it reduces crime rates, outlawing it would be unconstitutional, and it’s a woman’s choice of what she wants to do with her body. No opinion should matter whether or not to make abortion illegal. If it keeps our nation a better and happier place to live, then it should stay.
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In the 1990s crime dropped dramatically due to abortion being legalized 20 years before “on January 22, 1973, legalized abortion was suddenly extended to the entire country with our supreme court’s ruling in rues v. wade”(pg. 137, Lev/Dev.) the most likely reason that abortion affects crime rates so greatly is that “researchers found that in the instances where the woman was denied an abortion, she often resented her baby and failed to provide it with a good home”(pg. 136, Lev/Dub) and sure adoption is always a choice but most mothers would say it’s hard it is to give up their baby, and if the baby was a result of rape then the baby could easily grow up with the same mental problems the rapist(may or may not have had) and become a criminal themselves.
Our forefathers came to America for many reasons but one of the most common was religious freedom. “fully 53% of those who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases cite religious beliefs as the top influence on their lives, compared with 9% of those who say abortion should be legal” so if we passed a law outlawing something because over 50% of voters who voted for it because of their religion then that takes away not only a woman’s freedom but our rights promised to us in the bill of rights “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” therefore outlawing abortion would be unconstitutional.
The decision of what a woman wants to do with her body is no other choice but her own. Some say that if a woman has an abortion then she has a stronger chance of having depression. First of all, it’s her choice if she wants to take that risk, no one else’s, and abortion and depression usually have no direct links. Most women who get an abortion have logical reasons of why they got one, such as the woman may have health problems that would put either her or her baby in danger, or she was raped, or her partner may be violent and she doesn’t want the baby to go through that. All of the issues mentioned have been known to have strong links to depression. They also say you’re killing a baby. This is 100% false. Abortion kills a cell about the size of the tip of a pinky finger.
Abortion is a choice, not a rule. If a woman gets pregnant then she won’t be forced to have an abortion so why would you force her to give a painful birth if she didn’t want it in the first place. No one’s opinion on abortion should change our rights and kill our choices. Abortion should remain legal because it reduces crime rates, outlawing it would be unconstitutional, and it’s a woman’s choice of what she wants to do with her body. “One method of destroying a concept is by diluting its meaning. Observe that by ascribing rights to the unborn, i.e., the nonliving, the anti-abortionists obliterate the rights of the living.” (Ayn Rand)
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