In 1973 the Supreme Court made abortion legal in America. That decision allowed a woman the choice to keep the baby in the womb or have that pregnancy terminated thus killing the baby. On the positive side mothers would not have to go to some back alley “doctor” if he really is a doctor and be butchered and possibility murdered by the procedure. The law gives her a choice. A big choice! Over life and death.
There’s a lot of good reasons to end the pregnancy. Rape, incest, or the baby is seen to have birth defects that would make raising such a child a great burden to the family.
Other reasons might include that she’s under age, she doesn’t know who the guy is and is not emotionally equipped to handle the responsibility of raising a child by herself. Or she does know who the guy is and they both decide that they are not ready. Big decisions!
The anti-abortion side says that any termination of pregnancy is murder. “What gives anybody the right to terminate the life of another?” Especially the life of a person who has no ability to defend itself! “Should not government fight to preserve the rights of its citizens even in the womb?”
America is extremely divided on this issue. Now the Supreme Court is poised to overturn this decision. This would change everything. Some states would have legal abortions while others would not. What If the state a woman is living in doesn’t allow it? She would have to travel at great expense to a state where it is allowed! What about abandoned babies? Without legal abortion women might have to leave their newborn babies at a hospital doorstep at night simply because they don’t have enough money to bring another child into the world. Would they have to resort to crime to feed this child? What about the financial drain on society of mothers who never afford to provide for the child? Incredible issues!
My personal decision on this issue wavers. Sometimes I think that this is murder and that no one should take the life of another, womb or not. Sometimes I think that the person’s right to choose what they do with their own body should prevail and that no one has the right to tell them what to do with it.