Essay on Abortion: A Woman Must Have the Right to Choose

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Abortion - A Woman's Must Have the Right to choose   Abortion has been a long contested issue among Americans, and is one that nearly everyone holds an opinion on, myself being no exception. In my opinion, a woman's right to choose is imperative, important above all else. Like proven in Roe v. Wade, a woman's right to privacy - her right to choose whether or not to carry a child to term - is more important than the rights of the unborn.   Typical American rights - freedom of speech, rights to drive, vote, and drink, freedom to do and say what one wants - do not take effect until after an individual's birth. A fetus is not yet a human being; it is a mass of tissues and organs that has the potential to become a…show more content…
Until the fetus exists apart from the mother - until it is born - it does not technically have rights.   The government has no place to put rights and limitations on a woman's body. In a free country, who other than the woman herself should have the moral and legal right to decide what she does with her own body? In conservative countries, especially in the Arab world, government and religion dictate these things. But the United States is much more socially advanced than these countries, or so we'd like to think. Who is the government - an often faceless, impersonal entity - to say what a woman can do to herself. Have the people that try to create these laws against abortion ever carried an unwanted child to term? Ever suffered the feeling of giving a child away? Chances are, they have not.   By disallowing abortion, a woman is sentenced to bearing a child against her will. This alone violates many of her own rights - her right to be happy, her right to be able to control the functions of her body, and perhaps even her right to life itself. By allowing abortions only in the cases of rape or incest or when the mother's life is at risk, a woman is denied these rights. She may choose to seek alternative forms of abortion, which may be harmful - or even deadly.   In all, the right to life cannot be denied. It is a sad

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