Maria R. California


Abortion shouldn't be illegal but there should be a limit on abortion.

Dear President of the United States,

Greetings next president of the United States, my name is Maria and I am 16 years old and a Junior in high school and today in this letter I’m going to be talking about abortion. Being a teen in a small town you really don’t hear a lot about abortion, but we can watch the news around the U.S about abortion. It saddens me because you don't hear the women's reasoning why they have an abortion done.

I strongly feel that abortion shouldn't be illegal but there should be a limit on abortion. There just should be a limit on how long you should get an abortion in the 6 to 12 weeks you are pregnant. It shows that “89-92% of all abortions happen during the first trimester, prior to the 13th week of gestation.”(AGI/CDC) Also, there are some cases when medical emergencies compel a woman to resort to this action. For example, there is a possibility that a woman's own life might be at risk, if she delivers the child. Also, having an abortion done always carries the risk of not being able to become pregnant ever again in life.

The information I have gathered through research show, women give at least 3 reasons for choosing abortion: “3/4 say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or other responsibilities; about 3/4 say they cannot afford a child; and 1/2 say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner.” Also abortion should be able for rape victims because some of the rape victims can be minors. They wouldn’t be mentally or physically prepared to take care of the newborn baby. Why should such victims go through the ordeal of bearing a child, which is a product of some unfortunate incident of their life? “Abortion can emotionally affect each woman differently. Some women report a sense of relief after having an abortion. The reasons for relief also vary from woman to woman.”

So I leave you with why would you take away women's rights? Isn't it their body? Shouldn't it be the woman's choice no one else's? Women shouldn't be feeling scared to do the right thing for themselves.


Maria. R

Yreka High School

American Literature

Yreka High School English III students from Ms. Truttman's class.

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