Abortion is as sensitive a topic today as it was a century ago. While abortion should not be the first option a woman considers, it is ultimately the women’s choice whether or not she chooses to bare a child.
There are many reasons a woman would not want to have a child; maybe they are simply too young or have dreams and aspirations they would like to pursue, they were sexually assaulted, the fetus would not survive until birth, giving birth would be detrimental to the mother’s health, or they are already struggling to provide for their current children. More than 50 percent of teen mothers never graduate high school, which could affect them later in life when searching for a job. This, in turn, would make it harder to provide for the child. In a study of pregnancies related to sexual assault, five percent of women who experience this become pregnant, and this is when a condom is used. Deciding to have an abortion doesn’t mean that someone is or will be an inadequate mother; six in ten people who get an abortion actually have children later on in life. Choosing if and when to have a baby is a personal decision, which only the woman has the power to choose.
While many consider abortion to be classified as murder, this is simply not the case. There are many tenable reasons a woman may choose to have an abortion. A woman should not be expected to put her (or her baby’s, in many cases) life in danger when she knows it is not in her best interest. This could be due to their country’s customs or social constructs, a current financial situation, a less than ideal romantic partner, or because of the memory of past traumas. The course of action taken is completely and undisputedly up to the mother.
There are many ways to prevent unplanned pregnancies, and, in turn, abortions; the use of condoms, birth control, morning after pills, etcetera. But despite best efforts, all forms of birth control is not 100 percent effective. Some situations are unavoidable, and the mother will choose what is right for herself and/or her baby.
J1 Student, Alexandra Hickok