Some people think that abortion should be illegal, others disagree [FREE essay]

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Abortion is one of the most debated and controversial topics nowadays. Not only that opinions are divided, but people are selected in two main groups; pro-life and pro-choice. Supporters of the pro-life believe that a fetus will develop into a baby and that nobody has the right to cut down the further development of it. On the other side are pro-choice upholders who think that every woman should have the right to choose because that’s her body. Should abortion be legally available for every woman or is it really that bad that it should be banned?
In the first place, many religions do not endorse abortion or even any other birth control. Such religions believe that sexual intercourse is for procreation purposes only and every fetus is a human being from the moment of conception. Under that standpoint, abortion is murder just as killing a man on the street which is a moral sin.
Moreover, if women become pregnant, they should accept the responsibility that comes with producing a child. Having sexual intercourse, even when contraceptive methods are used, carries with it the risk of a pregnancy. So, the unborn baby should not suffer because of the mistake made by adults.
Lastly, abortion can affect mental health of women. They can feel depressed and sad months after the procedure and even Southern Medical Journal published that women who aborted were 154% more likely to commit suicide than women who carried to term.
On the other hand, in cases of rape, the born baby can be a constant reminder to the women of the trauma that she experienced. Therefore, the babies of such cases face a higher risk of neglecting or abuse from their mother for various reasons.
Furthermore, abortion is overall a very safe procedure talking about women’s physical health. Researches have shown that less than 1% of abortions performed before 21 weeks of pregnancy result in major complications such as heavy bleeding or infection. However, if abortion is made illegal, not sanitary conditions can lead to serious health problems, even to death of women.
Finally, every child born should come into the world wanted, loved, and cared for. Planned children often have better life prospects because caregivers are better prepared to support the child physically, emotionally, and financially.
To sum it all up, there are various reasons for and against abortion in general; however, forbidding it by law is a very serious decision that can affect a lot of people, especially women. In my opinion, abortion should be legal because nobody has right to decide about someone else’s body. Pro-life supporters focus on the fetus that, in fact, is not a human yet, however they do not care enough about women who are responsible for themselves and that unborn baby in their uterus.
“The only way to live is to let others live.”

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