Should Abortion Be Legalized in South Carolina?
Abortion is a controversial issue that continues to be debated even after the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade in 1973. Abortion is a generic term for pregnancies that do not end in a live birth or a stillbirth. It is the premature expulsion from the uterus of the products of conception. There are several things that should be considered in determining whether or not to legalize abortion. Women have a right to make their own decision concerning their lives and pregnancy. By forcing women to have unwanted children, the lives of the children are affected. There is no way to really stop abortion. By making abortion illegal, the state is forcing women to seek dangerous alternatives to end an unwanted pregnancy. In order to protect the right’s, lives, and health of both women and children, abortion should be legalized in South Carolina.
Abortion is a fact. Even in earlier times, women have used unorthodox methods to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. In societies where abortions are illegal, women with unwanted pregnancies have sought out ways to abort. Making abortion illegal does not keep women from aborting; it simply makes abortions more hazardous. “Back alley” abortions would occur more often leading to the risk of young women dying or becoming sterile. South Carolina should legalize and regulate abortions in order to prevent these potentially dangerous situations.
The most basic reason why South Carolina should legalize abortion is because abortion is both human and civil rights issue. A woman must have the right to make decisions that affect her own body. No person is as affected by a pregnancy as the pregnant woman herself. A woman must have the final say in the decision to abort. It is a woman’s right to her life that gives her the right to terminate her pregnancy. For a woman to be forced to give birth to a child, against her will, is an overwhelming violation of her freedom. By not...