Tiffany M. Michigan

letter to the president

Dear Future President,

In recent discussions of abortion, a controversial issue has been whether to legalize it or not. On one hand, some argue that it should not be legalized. From this perspective, people believe that women are not entitled to end the life of an unborn baby. On the other hand however, others argue that abortion should be legal and believe that it's the women's right to do what she wants with her body. My own view is that women have the right to decide what happens to their body. This issue is important because it has been a recurring question in politics and it's very controversial.

When it comes to the topic of abortion, most of us will readily agree that it's become a very touchy subject. However, where this agreement usually ends is on the question of whether to legalize it or not. Whereas some are convinced that women are not allowed to decide if they want to terminate their pregnancy, others protest that women are allowed to decide and believe that if there is no legal option, pregnant women will choose the alternative which is unsafe and illegal abortions. In the article, Unsafe Abortion: Unnecessary Maternal Mortality by Lisa B. Haddad, she states that, โ€œEvery year, worldwide, about 42 million women with unintended pregnancies choose abortion, and nearly half of these procedures, 20 million, are unsafe.โ€ Haddad is arguing that if a woman feels unfit to carry a child, with no other option, she'll result to unsafe abortions that could end fatally for the woman. When it comes down to it, what's more important, the woman's life or a human embryo that's not fully developed yet? If abortion is legalized than women wouldn't have to resort to unsafe abortions that can be fatal.

Another reason abortion should be legal is because women have the right to choose what to do with their bodies. Every person has their natural and obvious right over their own bodies, so they can do whatever they want with it. Why should we limit a woman's right to choose to abort a pregnancy when it's the same right as her being able to choose what medical procedures to undergo, what profession to pursue, and what opinions to proclaim. Some readers may challenge my view by insisting that if a woman becomes pregnant, they should take the responsibility that comes with having a baby. While I do think it's important to take responsibility for your actions, I also think it's important that women should be able to choose to go through a pregnancy or not. The woman may not be financially stable or may be too young to be taking care of a child. The right to decide what happens to our bodies is key to our humanity, and it shouldn't be opposed.

In conclusion, I think abortion should be legalized. With some countries not making abortion legal, women are choosing to perform unsafe abortions that can kill them. I also think that women have the right to do whatever, and to choose whatever they want to do with their bodies. 

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