Pro-life vs Pro-choice

Dominique Bell, Staff Reporter

In light of recent events, the debate over whether or not abortion should be a legal option continues to cause a divide between Americans. There has been a great deal of controversy surrounding abortion rights between those who identify as pro-life or pro-choice.

Pro-choice advocates argue that choosing abortion is a woman’s right and should not be restricted by religious or governmental authority. Those who are pro-choice further argue that pregnant women will resort to unsafe illegal abortions if there is no legal option.

On the other hand, those who are pro-life argue that personhood begins at conception, and that abortion is the obscene killing of an innocent human being. Pro-life supporters additionally argue that it is unfair to allow abortion when couples who are unable to have children are waiting to adopt.

To start off, of course abortion is a tender topic because babies and pregnancy are involved, but ultimately it is the woman’s choice to do what she pleases with her body. Reproductive choice empowers women by freely giving them control over their bodies.. The choice over when or whether to have children is essential to a woman’s ability to determine her future and independence.

Denying a woman the right to an abortion increases the risks of unemployment, to be on public welfare, to become victims of domestic violence, and to be below the poverty line.

A study done in 2014 by University of California at San Francisco found that women who were turned away from abortion clinics (due to passing the gestational limit appointed by the clinic) were three times more likely to be below the poverty level two years later than women who were able to obtain abortions. Seventy-six percent of the women denied an abortion ended up on unemployment benefits compared to the 44% who had abortions. The study additionally exhibited that women who were unable to receive an abortion were more likely to stay in a relationship with an abusive partner and become a victim of domestic abuse. Having the ability to choose whether or not you want to reproduce protects women from the aforementioned issues and financial disadvantages.

It is furthermore evident that judicial and political fields are dominated by men, just like many other fields, and almost always there is a drought of women at the lawmaking table. The reason this is such a pressing issue is because these men, who stand alongside other men, are the ones making various laws against women. A clear example of this unbalance is Donald Trump and his cabinet, full of men, signing the abortion-related executive order that was previously mentioned. While it is not only unfair to women across the nation, it is entirely unethical for a man, not knowing a thing about the struggles women encounter, to make a decision on whether or not a woman’s body is really hers.

Having a child is undoubtedly an important decision that requires planning, consideration and preparation. A baby should not come into the world unwanted. From the day a baby is born, the parent or parents should have unconditional love for it.. Abortions from women who had unintended pregnancies lower the risk of child abuse, maternal depression, delayed entry into prenatal care including alternative issues.

Another pressing concern is the act of abortion with rape victims. Although there are some women who feel as though having the baby of their rapist can be empowering and believe that the child will bring a new profound happiness into their lives, there are those who do not. For some, having the child of their rapist can increase the child’s risk of domestic abuse, as well as psychological damages within the mother. Permitting a woman the right to decide whether or not she wants to carry and birth the child of her rapist is a life changing decision that has an everlasting impact on her life. No one should get to police that right.

One of the main foundational arguments against those who are pro-choice is the religious argument that abortion is the killing of a human being, which defies the word of God in Christianity. However, seeing as not everyone is religious, it makes no logical sense to apply one’s religious practices on those who do not practice a religion, making the argument faulty.

An additional argument pro-lifers form is the option for a woman to go through with the pregnancy but give the child up for adoption. However, they fail to realize just how many kids are waiting to be adopted all over the country, and on a larger scale in the world. Instead of focusing on an unborn child, why don’t we focus on the thousands of children at present time in foster homes waiting for that same couple, that pro-lifers claim are waiting for a child, and give those children a home? Moreover, giving the child up for adoption does not guarantee the child a better life and can expose the child to dangerous situations such as abuse within the system or with a family that is not stable, not to mention the possible emotional damage. In addition, many women do not want to go through the physical and emotional changes that comes with having a baby.

Yes, in some people’s eyes abortion is immoral; however, although you personally would not get an abortion, restricting a woman who needs and/or wants one is unjust. Still, only you can decide what is best for you in the end.