Avery Michigan

Why Abortion Should Be Legal

My name is Avery and I am a freshman in high school. I believe in pro-choice and I think that the mother should have the right to chose whether she wants to have an abortion or keep her child.

Dear Future President,

Abortion is a huge topic in our country and there is a lot of controversy over the subject as well. Abortion is a medical procedure done that ends a pregnancy. Many women get illegal abortions done which are very dangerous and women even die from them. Therefore, abortions should be legal so that women who have an unwanted pregnancy don’t go to get an unsafe illegal abortion done.

Illegal abortion causes many women to be hurt and even killed. Polly Bergen wrote an article called “The Safety of Legal Abortion and Hazards of Illegal Abortion.” It talks about her experience with illegal abortion and how it impacted her life. Polly states that one day she decided that she needed an abortion, and ended up getting a phone number of a person that performed them. A man from the street brought her into a room and asked her for her money, then he used something sharp and performed a procedure that she didn’t know anything about. She didn’t receive pain medication or anything and when he was done she left and that was it. Soon after Polly found out that she was infertile and that the procedure could have been fatal. Polly’s story is an example of what many women face when getting a illegal abortion.

Abortion should be legal because it is a safe way to end a pregnancy. According to Obos Abortion Contributors around 200,000 to 1.2 million illegal abortions were performed in the 1950’s. That is before the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court hearing that made abortions legal in 1973. Additionally, the amount of illegal abortions has decreased and less women are dying from them every year. Before 1973 around 1.2 million U.S women had illegal abortions, and they caused as many as 5,000 annual deaths. This shows that illegal abortions cause many deaths every year and if we make abortions illegal many women may die from resorting to getting a unsafe abortion. Furthermore, women also may resort to having an illegal abortion because it is cheaper than a legal one and they may also be shamed for getting an abortion.

Abortion is the most controversial thing in America and I believe that if it is illegal there will be many more problems with women having illegal abortions. In an article written by prochoiceamerica.org they state that complications due to unsafe abortion account for approximately 13 percent of maternal deaths worldwide. That is a very large number of deaths and if more countries made abortions legal that death rate could go down. This is because legal abortions have a trained doctor and are performed in a safe environment rather than illegal “street” abortions.

So it's up to you Future President to keep abortion legal. This is the best choice to prevent many lives being lost. Women are entitled to their bodies and they should have the choice to choose what they want to do with them. Illegal abortions are taking women's lives already, do you really want more women to die? I hope you make the best decisions for our country.


A Concerned Student


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