Emma S. Connecticut


Letter to the president on abortion

Dear Future President of the United States,

My name is Emma and I am a student from Westport, Connecticut. I am very passionate about traveling and experiencing new cultures. I am very interested in medicine and helping other people. I also strongly believe in equality for everyone in the world, including the right to choose to get an abortion or not.

58 million children have been aborted since it was legalized in 1968. Imagine how many good things those people could have done with their lives. I think that the woman should have the right to choose to have an abortion or not for the future of herself, and her baby.

I believe in a world where there is freedom. Not just freedom of speech, press, assembly, etc. but freedom of choice-- choice of whether or not that want to get an abortion. I believe that every woman should have the right to a safe abortion if they feel that it would be best for them and their baby. If a woman was raped, it would take a huge toll on her physically and emotionally, to deliver that baby. That is so unfair and nobody should have to go through that.

Ms. Clinton, it is evident that you are very passionate about abortion (pro-choice) and women's rights in general. According to The Atlantic, “‘I’ve been to countries where governments either forced women to have abortions like they used to do in China or forced women to bear children like they used to do in Romania,’ she added. ‘And I can tell you the government has no business in the decisions that women make with their families in accordance with their faith, [and] with medical advice and I will stand up for that right.’” Ms. Clinton, you have a great point. It is very clear that you stand with the fact that a woman is a human too, and not just a baby-making machine; also, you state, that government should have no control over the decisions that the woman makes. Abortion is the woman's right and there should be nobody interfering with that choice.

Ms. Clinton, you often state that, “Women’s rights are human rights.” This couldn't be more true, regarding abortion. If a man has a right to choose most aspects in his life, than obviously a woman should too-- including the right to choose to abort her baby, if she choses.

Mr. Trump, it was noted that you were previously pro-choice, but now are pro-life. According to Life News, “Donald Trump said, ‘Let me be clear-– I am pro-life,’ adding, ‘I did not always hold this position, but I had a significant personal experience that brought the precious gift of life into perspective for me.’” It is obvious that you had a very personal experience that made you change where you stand on abortion. Although, a personal experience may change the way you think, it may not always be the most ethically right or morally correct. Have you thought about what it would be like birthing and raising a child that was a product of rape? Can you imagine what that would be like for the woman and her family? Some women just aren't ready to be mothers, and they get pregnant by mistake. If you became president, Mr, Trump, their family would go through so much, because you stand pro-life on abortion.

This stance just isn't logical, Mr. Trump. A women should have the right to get own body and make the right choice for her family; her choice should not be made by someone who doesn't know her situation. It is just unfair and unjust. One very iconic American ideal is freedom. If you really believe in “Making America great again”, then you should give women the freedom to the right to choose if they want an abortion or not.

Actually, according to NARAL, “the risk of complication is minimal - less than 1% of women experience a major complication. Legal abortion is safer than a tonsillectomy, and appendectomy, or a shot of penicillin.” So, getting an abortion is very safe and there is a 99% chance that it won't harm the mother. In addition it is not outrageously expensive, compared to other medical procedures; abortions can range from 300-800$. Therefore, an abortion is safe and generally cheap. Abortions should be easily accessible to women what want or need them.

Thank you for your time. I really hope you can take the stance of pro-choice on abortion. This is a very important topic that affects millions of people in our county. As a citizen of this country and a future voter, I hope that you, the future president, will take action on this issue and help out millions of American women.


A future voter. 

Staples High School


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