January , 2013
The pro-choice and pro-life argument has been strongly debated for decades. Some believe that abortions should be illegal, while others feel the right to abort should be in the hands of each individual woman. The proposal of making abortions illegal strips away the privacy rights of women that are guaranteed by the constitution. The idea that an unborn child is not a life is obscured and should the taking of that life continue to be legal. Yes, abortion should be legal. Laws against abortion deny women the ability to control her own body and is critical to civil rights. Abortions are private personal decisions we all must be able to make based on our own circumstances, beliefs, and values.
I strongly believe that abortions should remain legal. Taking away the civil right of pro-choice not only sets our country back decades but it can be detrimental to a woman’s moral and ethical values. Laws against abortion kill women. If women no longer have the right or choice to terminate their pregnancy for any reason they feel justifies or supports their decision that does not mean abortions will stop. Like everything that is outlawed by the government, people find a way to do it anyway. In the case with abortions, more women wanting an abortion will do so via underground networks.
Abortion is a safe medical procedure. The majority of women at approx. 88% who have had an abortion do so in their first trimester. Medical abortions have less than a .5% risk of serious complications and do not affect a woman's health or future ability to become pregnant or give birth. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) defends the Constitution and peoples’ rights. The ACLU has protected the rights of abortion for women, and in recent years has argued major cases opposing restrictions that deny woman access to reproductive health care. ACLU Policy 263 states: “The ACLU holds that every woman, as a matter of her right to the...