Hannah W. West Virginia

Abortion: A Private Matter or A Choice for our Government to Make?

Should we continue to allow abortion in our country, or should we completely invade women's privacy and take away their choice and constitutional right?

Dear Mr. or Mrs. President,

The argument between Pro-life supporters and Pro-choice supporters continues. Pro-life supporters are saying that a fetus is its own person, someone completely separate from the woman who will be carrying it for nine months. Pro-choice supporters feel that it is the woman's decision whether or not she would like to end her pregnancy. While it is true that terminating a pregnancy is a very serious and weighty decision, it is personal, and not one for our government to be making for us.

Anti-abortion enthusiasts claim that banning abortion is a necessary step in decreasing the number of child deaths in our country; however, the opposite proves to be true. Recent reports have shown that abortion rates are higher in the countries that have banned the practice, as opposed to countries where it is legal. In fact, all outlawing really abortions does it cause a rise in the number of unsafe and unsanitary abortions. Women won't stop looking for ways to terminate their pregnancies, they'll just become more desperate. 

If you already know that abortions are a choice for only the possible mother and her family to make but you still feel as though you're in the position to tell them that they have to have the baby, then maybe you should consider looking over the 14th amendment. "No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." This amendment basically protects the citizens' right to privacy. You cannot violate our constitution just because you don't agree with someone else's choices. 

In the end outlawing abortion will do more harm then it will good. Making it illegal won't stop the practice, it will just make it unsafe for the women undergoing the procedure. On average about 47,000 women die from unsafe abortion each year. That is close to 13% of all maternal deaths. We're to busy worrying about the lives of people who haven't even been born yet, that we're not even thinking of the lives of the mothers who are already here. Rape victims, homeless women, teenage girls, These are only a few of the situations that theses scared women may be facing. Women are going to have abortions whether they're legal or not, for the safety of our citizens we should at least make them accessible.


Hannah Warren