Abortion: The Right to Choose

700 WordsApr 23, 20193 Pages
Abortion: The Right to Choose Abortion is a constitutional right of a woman in the United States and therefore should not be outlawed. Certain instances prove an abortion justified and blanket legislature against such useless, such as rape and incest and the health of the mother, and a simple fact that the practice would continue, only less safely and with more casualties. In 2012, 346,830 women were raped. According to medical reports, the incidence of pregnancy for one-time unprotected sexual intercourse is five percent. By applying the pregnancy rate to 346,830 female survivors, The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network estimates that there were 17,342 pregnancies as a result of rape in 2012 (Rainn.org/statistics). Women who are…show more content…
The landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade was decided on Jan. 22, 1973, and remains the law of the land (Abortion ProCon). Motherhood should not be a punishment for having sexual intercourse. President Barack Obama said during a Mar. 29, 2008 campaign speech in Johnston, Pennsylvania, "I have two daughters... I'm going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby." Pregnancy is dangerous, especially in teen girls, whose bodies are not yet ready for childbirth, are five times more likely to die. Not only do seventy thousand girls ages 15-19 die each year from pregnancy and childbirth, but the babies that do survive have a sixty percent higher chance of dying as well (10 Arguments in Favor). The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that six hundred and fifty women die per year due to pregnancy and delivery complications. Fifty percent of U.S. women obtaining abortions are younger than twenty-five: Women aged 20-24 obtain thirty-three percent of all abortions, and teenagers only account for seventeen percent (10 Arguments in Favor). Laws against abortion do not stop abortion; they simply make it less safe. The number of women who get abortions does not change when it goes from being legal to illegal, or vice versa. The only thing that changes is more women die. Every year, seventy-eight thousand women die from unsafe
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