In 1973, the Supreme Court’s decision made it possible for women to get safe, legal abortions from well-trained medical surgeons, and therefore led to dramatic decreases in pregnancy-related injury and death (“abortion”). Now there is a new proposal to close abortion clinics. This proposal takes away the privacy rights of American women that are guaranteed by our Constitution. By closing abortion clinics the government is not only taking away women’s rights but is also punishing those who want to exercise their right of a pro-choice woman.
Abortion clinics allow thousands of women every year to have abortions. Having an abortion should be a woman’s personal choice. By closing these clinics, there will be no providers to perform the operation, so the choice has already been made for them. Closing the clinics will increase the barriers to having an abortion. When there are too many obstacles, the right to make their own choice is taken away from them. In 1973 the American Supreme Court ruled that Americans’ right to privacy included: “the right of a woman to decide whether to have children and the right of a woman and her doctor to make that decision without state interference” (“abortion”). The Constitution says we have a right to privacy, so taking away a woman’s chance to make decisions about her own body violates that right.
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The American Civil Liberties Union defends the Constitution and peoples’ rights.
ACLU has protected the rights of abortion for women, and in recent years has argued mayor cases opposing restrictions that deny a woman access to reproductive health care (“ACLU”). Policy 263 states: “The ACLU holds that every woman, as a matter of her right to the enjoyment of life, liberty, and privacy, should be free to determine whether and when to bear children.”(The American Civil Liberties Union)
The closure of abortion clinics will be done with the purpose to reduce the number of abortions. This raises the question of whether this will be an effective method or not. Before 1973 abortions were illegal yet the number of women who sought abortions did not decrease (“abortion”). Before 1973 many thousands of women died or suffered serious medical problems after attempting to perform their own abortions, or going to untrained doctors who performed cheap abortions with uncivilized methods or in unsanitary conditions (The Abortion Law Homepage.). If clinics are closed, women will still continue to attempt and succeed, in ending unwanted pregnancies just like before 1973. Women will risk their health and possibly even their lives. By keeping these abortions clinics open it ensures a higher probability that the women who do have abortions will be in a safe, sanitary environment, and therefore injuries will be fewer in number.
If clinics are shut, the waiting lists of abortion clinics in other countries will be much longer. Women will have to wait longer to get an abortion and will be treated later in their pregnancy which is much more dangerous for pregnant women.
Pro-life activists claim that the unborn baby is alive and has feelings when the heart begins beating. But, the heartbeat begins between the eighteenth and twenty-fifth day (“Fetus”). They also say that women who have abortions are “murderers”. This problem could be solved by keeping abortion clinics open because then the woman can be treated before the twenty-fifth day when the fetus is not yet a living baby. She will not have to wait because of long waiting lists but instead will have the abortion as soon as possible with less psychological pain.
If a woman has to travel to another country to have a legal abortion, she will have to pay more money. She will now not only have to pay for the abortion itself but also the travelling costs and that does not include the psychological costs as well. Not all people can afford these costs. So by keeping clinics open more women will have the chance to exercise their right and have their desired abortion. If a working woman or student suddenly has to leave the country, this means she will have to think of excuses and lies for an explanation. This is not fair to the woman, she should not have to explain herself to anyone, it is her body and therefore she can do what she wants, she does not need other people’s consult.
Abortion clinics are not a “butcher’s place” where young babies are murdered. They provide a choice for women whether or not to bring a child into this world.
What is worse: taking away the life of an unborn child that is not even aware of life itself yet, or a mother bringing an unwanted child into this world, knowing that she will not be able to take care of it and that her child will have to suffer from the poor circumstances in which she lives. As of now, the woman has the ability to make that choice and save the child from a poor, possibly abusive or hate-filled environment. Personally, I feel that living in a circumstance such as abuse is worse than the abortion of the fetus. Rape victims should also be able to have an abortion because they know that if they were to keep the child, they would cringe when she thought about whom contributed to the other half of the child. The offspring will be a painful reminder to the rape victim. She did not choose to take the responsibility of a child and therefore should not have to pay the consequences. A woman who cannot love her child has no right to have a baby in the first place.
One option for women who are not able to take care of their baby is adoption. Yet she will have to carry the baby for nine months and then give it up. Not all women are able to do this physically or psychologically. After the pregnancy, she will have to hope that their baby will find a good and loving home. And this is not always the case. The child will possibly have to suffer from living in orphanages waiting to get adopted. Adoption can not always be seen as a good solution to unwanted pregnancies.
The advantage of closing abortion clinics could be that woman will be forced to take responsibility for their baby, and give their unborn child the right to life. But it can not be seen as something entirely positive. The mother will always regard the child as a “mistake” and will never love it the way she would have if she had wanted to keep the child. Getting an abortion does not always mean that the woman is only thinking of herself, she also thinks on behalf of her baby. Abortion clinics do not make the choice easier, nor do they force the woman into the surgery. People who are against abortion have the choice not to have one. It is not fair to take away the choice of people who do want one.
List of works consulted:
“Abortion.” Encarta Encyclopedia 1999. 1999 ed.
“ACLU.” Encarta Encyclopedia 1999. 1999 ed.
“Fetus.” Encarta Encyclopedia 1999. 1999 ed.
The Abortion Law Homepage. “Abortion Law Homepage”. 24 November 1996. (11 March 2000). http://members.aol.com/abtrbng/index.htm
The American Civil Liberties Union. “Abortion Clinic Access Law”. 1997.
(11 March 2000). http://www.aclu.org/library/aaabort.html
Every day, an overwhelming amount of human beings’ lives are terminated. The culprit: unwanted pregnancies. Many women are (not by choice), becoming pregnant as a result of unsafe sex, rape, and other things. So what is one to do when they discover that they’re pregnant? They have some alternatives: (1) have the child and raise it (2) have the child, then give it up for adoption (3) get an abortion. Sadly, many women choose alternative three, unaware of what they’re getting themselves into. Abortion is very cruel to the baby and even harms the mother. It is murder!
There are many different procedures for abortions, all gruesome and pain-inflicting on the baby. Suction Aspiration (vacuum curettage) makes up for 98% of first-trimester abortions. The cervix is first dilated. Then a suction tube with a sharp cutting edge is inserted which rips the baby to pieces. It then sucks out all the remains. If the mother waits until the third trimester (when the baby is more developed), then she must have Partial-Birth Abortion. Using Ultra-sound, the doctor grabs the baby’s legs and forces out all but the head. Scissors are then jammed into the back of the skull and opened, creating a larger hole. A suction tube sucks the brains out, causing the skull to collapse. Then the dead baby is removed.
Believe it or not, the mother is also harmed. In Suction Aspiration, if any tissue is left inside, it’ll become infected. For Methoxotrexate Injection, another type of abortion, Methoxotrexate can produce ill side effects such as anaemia, nausea, cancer, lung disease, and heavy bleeding. Just think of the mental trauma the mother is also feeling. She has the forever-guilty conscience of being responsible for her own child’s death. Many mothers say, “I’ll regret it for the rest of my life.”
“I feel like crawling into a hole and dying,” says another mother after the operation.
A common argument is that abortion isn’t murder because the baby isn’t alive. But on the contrary: life begins at conception. After only 18 days, the heart is formed, and after 20 the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system are developing. A mere four days later, the heart starts beating. Is abortion murder though? According to the Webster Dictionary, abortion is to terminate a pregnancy because the baby is not capable of living. Murder is to kill another human being. A human being is defined as a member of the species Homo sapiens, which includes embryos, fetuses, adults, and everyone with similar genetic coding. Therefore, if a baby is viable, then it’s murder, not abortion because abortion is when the baby isn’t capable of living.
Hopefully in the future, more people will be aware of the cruelty of abortion and the numbers will drop. Instead, try single-parenting or giving him/her up for adoption. There are currently 400,000 couples in America trying to adopt. Keep others aware of this horrible procedure. Spare a life.
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