Dear Next President:
There have been many debates on whether or not abortion should be illegal. Each year, nearly 1.2 million American women have an abortion.
Women should have the right to get an abortion. It's their bodies meaning they have the choice to do whatever they want with it, which includes getting an abortion. The government or other people should not have a say on what a woman decides to do regarding abortion. They don't understand why a woman would specifically want to get an abortion. Women’s reasons for wanting an abortion may be due to their pregnancy being the result of a rape; or they have physical or mental conditions that would endanger the woman’s health; or the child may have birth defects or severe medical problems; or the woman is unable to support or care for a child.
Why should a woman, especially a teenager, be required to give birth to a baby that came from rape? They shouldn't have to be reminded everyday of the terrible event. Sure they can give the child to a new family, but teenagers don't want to go through the process of having a baby. Not all pregnancy turns out perfect. Often there are always complications involved. According to Teen Help, complications of pregnancy are the second highest cause of death among 15-19 year old girls. Before the child is even born, doctors can detect any birth defects or severe medical conditions the child may have. To avoid the suffering that a child would have or to prevent the high number of medical expenses each year that comes with the conditions, a woman may choose to get an abortion.
Women also resort to abortion because they are not capable or ready to raise a child. Raising a child is expensive and it's not the easiest thing in the world. According to Credit Loan, family expenditures for a child in 2009 for a single parent was $149,760. That is a lot of money to raise a child. Having a child also affects the education that a woman receives. According to Teen Help, only 50% of teen mothers 15-19 earn a high school diploma and by age 30, only 1.5 percent of women who had a teenage pregnancy have a college degree. Teenage girls are unlikely to get a higher education if they were to have a child.
It is a woman's right to make this choice and it shouldn't be taken away.