My stance on abortion

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Des Cutter, Journalist

According to www.guttmacher.org, nearly one in four women in the United States (23.7%) will have an abortion by the time they have hit 45 years old. By the age of 20, 4.6% of women will have had an abortion and 19% will have done so by 30 years of age. Between 2008 and 2014, the overall U.S. abortion rate declined by 25 percent. Eighteen percent of pregnancies, excluding miscarriages, in 2017 ended in abortion.

Different opinions on abortion cause conflicts between pro-life and pro-choice individuals. These opinions cause protests and arguments all across the globe.

Someone who is pro-life disagrees with abortion and would like it to be illegal. If Individual who is pro-choice agrees with the statement “my body, my choice”. When someone chooses to get an abortion they support them. If that individual decides to keep the baby they support that decision too.

An abortion is the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy and is most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy. There are many methods of abortion. A medical abortion, methotrexate and misoprostol (MTX) which come in tablets, vacuum aspiration, a surgery that you stay awake for dilation and evacuation (D&E), and a last second choice – an induction abortion.

There are many pros of abortion being legal: Women may not have the financial stability to keep and raise a baby and women having the right to get an abortion if needed may empower them. Access to legal, professionally-performed abortions reduces maternal injury and death caused by unsafe, illegal abortions.

Modern abortion procedures are safe and do not cause lasting health issues such as cancer and infertility. Abortion gives pregnant women the option to choose not to bring fetuses with profound abnormalities to full term. In addition, women who receive abortions are less likely to suffer mental health problems than women denied abortions.

There is a misconception that killing a fetus or an embryo is the same as killing a baby. Fetuses and embryos are not babies. Fetuses and embryos cannot feel pain or emotions. An embryo becomes a fetus in the 11th week of pregnancy and a fetus cannot feel pain until 10 weeks after it develops. By the time a fetus can feel pain a woman would be over half way through her pregnancy.

Abortion is a fundamental right that should never be unavailable for women who choose or need to get one for whatever reason.