During the past century, abortion has joined race and war asone of the most debatable subjects of controversy in the United States. Theissue of abortion causes discussions about human interactions where ethics,emotions and law come together. There are many reasons why women decide to haveabortions.
Some women have abortions because of health complications, some havemarital problems, and some lack responsibility. Whatever the reasons a womandecides to have an abortion, it seems only justified that she should be able tomake decisions in regards to her life and body. The decisions that she makes inregards to what she does with her body and the fetus will be beneficial to boththe woman and the fetus because it will prevent many problems from occurring inthe future. If a woman were to have an unwanted baby, she may neglect or evenabuse the child causing the child to go into the care of the government. Bringing an unwanted child into the world is unfair to the innocent child andthe woman. The government has no valid reason in bringing an unwanted life intothe world.
Bringing an unwanted child into the world is not helpful to theparents, the child and the government, because if the parents cannot take careof the child, eventually, the government will be responsible for the child. Theright to have an abortion is personal and essential to a womans life, becausehaving a baby in ones life causes dramatic changes. Pregnancy and childbirthcan prevent women from keeping and getting jobs. When women are pregnant manyemployers do not want to hire them because when the woman has a baby, thecompany or employer must still pay her for the time that she is out of work bylaw. Also, raising a baby and providing for all the needs that a child has is alot of money, which can create an insufficient income for many women. Anotherfactor that imposes on women when they have children is the amount of time theyhave for themselves and others beyond the baby.
Women feel that it prevents themfrom providing services for others and time for themselves. Sometimes after apregnancy and childbirth, many women have to give up their dreams on starting inschool or end up dropping out because they do not have the time for it. Theyhave to give up on something that will significantly influence her family andher future. Pregnancy has a great impact on the womans future and her futurerelationship with her family. In many cases of unwanted pregnancies, the womenare not married. These women inmost cases cannot go home and announce that theyare pregnant and be proud of it.
Their pregnancy would be am embarrassment anddisgrace to the family. Some families would suggest to the pregnant woman aboutdisowning her, throwing her out of the house, and cutting off familycommunications and wealth. Many of these women cannot deal with loosing theirfamily and the new lifestyle that they have to face. So in order to preventlosing their family and leading a tough life, they look into the option ofabortion. Women should have the choice of deciding what would be best for theirfuture, whether or not they are ready to change their lifestyle and decide therelationship between themselves and their family.
A woman is equal to a man. Butduring a pregnancy, when the woman does not have the choice to abort the fetusgrowing inside of her, she is not his equal. A man can simply withdraw from arelationship as soon as he finds out about a pregnancy. He has the choice ofstaying and supporting the pregnant woman, or the choice of leaving her and thedevelopment of a new life. He can simply say a sentence or pick up his bags andleave while a whole new life is growing inside of her, a life that she cannotget rid of unless she has professional help. Without the choice of abortion, awoman does not have the same choices that a man would have.
With the right tohave an abortion, women like men have the right to fully use the powers of theirminds and bodies just like a man. A womans body is hers and hers alone. Noone has the right to make her do something that she does not want to do. TheSupreme Court has stated that it is a womans right to have an abortion if shechooses to. In the Roe V. Wade Decision, the judges stated that the right to anabortion is a womans right and choice by recognizing abortion as afundamental constitutional right and choice by recognizing abortion as afundamental constitutional right and made it legal in all states.
The law nowpermits abortion at the request of the 14th amendments personalliberty, women are given the right to receive abortions. The personalrights included on the 24th amendment proves that a womans body is hersand hers alone, and what she chooses to do with it is her decision. If a womandoes not have the choice of bringing a fetus into the world may not onlyjeopardize the future of the mother, but it also has great impact on the futureof the fetus. Many times when a fetus is not wanted by the parents but is forcedinto the world, the fetus may be given up for adoption, abused and neglected. These children in most cases do not have the same kind of opportunities thatother children who were raised by parents that loved and wanted them have. Whena family has a newborn, the parents have great hopes and dreams for their baby.
They hope and dream that their baby will have a successful life. They want theirchild to be a well-educated and respected aspect of society. No one hopes thattheir child will become a failure. But when a parent is not ready to raise ababy, she may have hopes and dreams for the baby, but may not know where tostart in making those dreams become a reality. She may decide that the bestsolution for herself and the baby might be to put the child up for adoption, inhopes that the foster parents would provide the baby a better life than thebirth mother would.
With all good intentions, the outcome of each child isuncertain. The outcome of what will happen to the child who is out up foradoption is uncertain, because it is difficult to find good homes and parents. There are many children out for adoption, but not enough people looking intoadding another person into their family. Some children never get the chance ofeven becoming a part of a family.
They are continually transferred from onefoster care to another lacking individual attention and needs. Some children mayfind a foster home to live in, but it may become a home, which actually becomesmore dangerous than the streets. There may be an alcoholic that becomes abusivewhen he is drunk, and the child may be abused. There may be a mother who cannothandle stress and releases her emotions on the child by telling the child thathe is useless and not worthy of anything. One the contrary, it is possible thata child may go into a good foster home with good foster parents. The fosterparents may provide the child opportunities that they may have never had withtheir birth parents.
But it is still more common that children who are notraised by their birth parents are more likely to lead to lives of destructionbecause their natural parents werent ready to take the responsibility ofraising a child that they created. The creation of unwanted children should nothappen. If there is any doubt that a parent cannot raise the child, theyshouldnt bring the child into this world because children that are not takencare of by their parents tend to end up in the hands of the government. Itbecomes the responsibility of the government to take care of these unwantedchildren. Unwanted children are put on the streets, the government needs to findhomes for them, and they need to find rehabilitation centers for children thatneed counseling because they have drug or alcoholic problems.
The governmentneeds to supply these children with food, clothes, and an education, but mostimportantly, a place and the idea that the children are cared and loved for. Canthe government offer all these things to meet the needs of these children? Thegovernment cannot provide all the things that the children need, contrary tothat, the children provide more than what the government can handle. Unwantedchildren who are left to be taken care of by the government grow up and providea lot of work for the government. It has been stated in the Young and ModernMagazine, that unwanted children raise the percentage of crime, pregnancies andgang activities. If the number of neglected children would decrease, there wouldbe a decrease in the numbers of crime, pregnancies and gang activities. Therewould be a smaller number of people that would be homeless, abused, and left onthe streets to be taken care of.
With a smaller number of people with suchproblems, it would give the government the time and money to deal with otherissues and problems that society has created. Children can be a positive aspectto society, but the unwanted and rebellious also can be a burden to the peopleand the state. Children should not be a burden to anyone. But if there is achance that the children should ever become a burden or an innocent victimbecause they were never wanted, they should have never been brought into thisworld. Children are precious.
They should not be made innocent victims. There isan argument that killing the fetus before it is born is makes the unborn childan innocent victim, but the children who know and understand the reality oftheir position will be bigger victims than a fetus who does not have the abilityto think and feel. If a fetus is unwanted, for the parents, the child, and thegovernment, it would be best to terminate the fetus before it is brought into heworld and is abused and neglected.Legal Issues