What is Abortion?
The definition of abortion is the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often preformed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy. An abortion can also occur spontaneously, and this is referred to as a miscarriage. When deliberate steps are taken to terminate the pregnancy, it is called an induced abortion, or less frequently an “induced miscarriage.
Let’s Discuss “Why”
There are many people that look at abortion as selfish, but do they even know why that mother chose to terminate her pregnancy?
There are reasons why women have abortions. According to Guttmacher Institute, researchers found that the main reasons women cited for ending pregnancies were the same in both 2004 and 1987 surveys. Their reasons included:
- Having a baby would dramatically interfere with their education or work
- Their ability to care for their dependents would be hindered
- They are unable to afford a baby at the time
- Health related reasons
- Feeling as if they had no other choice
- Did not want to be a single parent/had relationship problems
- Not mature enough to raise a child
- Parents wanted them to
- Wanted baby to have a better life than she could provide
- Baby is unwanted and she does not want to place baby for adoption
Many think that women’s reasons for abortion center around using it simply for a method of birth control. A common perception is that abortion is used for convenience and as an “easy why out.” This is not the case for many women. Most women faced with this decision do not take it lightly. Women who have had an abortion say is it not the easy way out. Its a very painful and difficult decision she makes in consideration of what is the right things to do by the child. This decision will be with her for the rest of her life.
A common judgement about women with an unplanned pregnancy is that she was irresponsible and not using birth control. However, half of all unintended pregnancies occur while women are using birth control. For some, abortion can be again morality or religious view, yet not for others.
Shedding light on women’s reasons for seeking abortions can help inform public opinion and hopefully help prevent or correct misperceptions. Understanding the complexity of this decision and the reasons why a women chooses to exercise her choice may open the doorway for compassion and understanding for women facing this painful situation.
Facts About Abortion
I don’t want to throw a bunch of random facts at your face, but I want to leave these here to help you have a better understanding on the topic and maybe better understand why this needs to be an option for ALL women.
- The US Supreme Court has declared abortion to be a “fundamental right” guaranteed by the US Constitution.
- Reproductive choice empowers women by giving them control over their own bodies,
- Modern abortion procedures are safe and do not cause lasting health issues such as cancer and infertility.
- Women who receive abortions are less likely to suffer mental health problems than women denied abortions.
- Abortion gives women the option to choose not to bring fetuses with profound abnormalities to full term.
- Reproductive choice protects women from financial disadvantage.
- A baby should not have to come into the world unwanted.
- 14,000 women have abortions following rape or incest.
- The risk of death associated with childbirth is about 10 times as high as that associated with abortion.
Like I stated when I began this topic, I do not want this to become a debate. Because I am pro-choice, my topic will be centered around pro-choice data and viewpoints. Please don’t feel offended by any of this. I believe every women should be given the freedom when it comes to her reproductive decisions.