Essay on Abortion: Women Must Have Freedom of Choice!

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A mid-aged happily, married woman with a top-executive position, is a candidate for a partnership, only to discover that she is pregnant. Although, children were part of their strategic plan after education and marriage, the timing could not be worse. Pregnancy at this time will ruin her opportunity for partnership. She faces two dilemmas. First, although she is stable in every area of her life, she wants to become a partner. Secondly, her spouse wants a child and has been patiently waiting this time. Should women select their own paths through life regarding family and career? Or should this be a legislative decision? Women should have their own option of deciding when or whether to have children because freedom is choice!
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There are two terms to define abortion, therapeutic and elective. A therapeutic abortion occurs when for medical reason a pregnancy is interrupted before the 20th week of gestation because it endangers the mother’s life or health or because the baby presumably would not be normal (Affigne, 2006). An elective abortion is initiated by choice. Access to family planning education and contraceptive services have increased as an effort to reduce the number of abortions performed. Although, some pro-lifers are against family planning programs such as Planned Parenthood because they also perform abortions, pro-lifers would prefer to promote abstinence instead of fornication (Walden, 2009).
There are many reasons why an abortion occurs, however, some causes are validated over others. An abortion could be to save the life of a pregnant woman whose physical and/or mental health is in jeopardy. Genetic abnormalities resulting in a child born with a congenital disorder that would be fatal or cause the child suffering and pain are reasons that another may want to abort her pregnancy. Other examples where abortion would benefit the mother and baby would be if a woman has been diagnosed with cancer in her uterus or if a pregnancy happens to be ectopic and is growing outside of the uterus. These are some cases where an abortion is vital.
“In recent years Supreme-Court actions legalizing abortion have crystallized two ethical positions:
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