If abortion were to be outlawed, it would cause an increase in the population of orphanages and foster care facilities. Also, women who want an abortion badly enough will go to any extreme to rid themselves of their unwanted child. There would be more cases of mothers inflicting bodily harm on themselves, for example, beating or shooting themselves. Having an unwanted child can stop a relationship, can destroy a career, and can ruin one’s life in general. The unwanted child also suffers. Most of the time the mother of the unwanted child is very young and inexperienced or too poor to take care of the child.
The child is usually malnourished, has no medical care, and gets very little attention or love. The foster care system isn’t any better. Only a small percentage of children are adopted by suitable parents, but the rest remain in the foster care system, where there is little or no personal care. In both cases, the child has a poor education because of the lack of attention and discipline. He grows up to be unproductive individual or a menace to society. Many get involved in drugs and crimes. These individuals are also very violent, lacking morality due small amount of care they received themselves.
In the long run, not only does the child suffer but also society, who has to tolerate his violent behavior and crimes. Say, for example, that you are in high school, and have sex for the first time. you use protection, but the condom is faulty, what are you going to do? You can’t go back and change things. By forcing the female to keep the child, you have pretty much destroyed her chances at a successful life. It is also likely to destroy the male’s chances at a successful life, considering that he will probably have to drop out of school and get a full-time, low paying job so that he can support the child.
Abortion is a women’s own right and choice. In 1973 the Roe v. Wade decision proved this by recognizing abortion as a fundamental constitution right and made it legal in all states. The law now permits abortion at the request of the women without any restrictions in the first trimester and some restrictions in the second trimester to protect the women’s health. If abortion was illegal it would force poor women to bear and raise children they can’t afford to bring up. There would be a number of unsafe abortions in back allies. It would also force women to give up their dreams and stay home to bring up babies.
Worst of all, it would condemn victims of rape and incest to carry and nurture the offspring of their rapist. Abortion is necessary for women to have control over their own bodies and life. One activist said, “If I hadn’t had that abortion my life would have been a disaster. I wouldn’t have made it to medical school. I was married at that point to a very ill man and it would have been terrible to have to have my baby and try to take care of the two of them. People who need abortions are in some kind of turmoil and it’s really a life-saving thing. “
Under the 14th Amendment’s “personal liberty” women are given the right to receive an abortion. The 14th Amendment’s concept of “personal liberty” and restrictions on state action is enough to allow a women’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy. The right to choose to have an abortion is so personal and essential to a women’s life, that without this right women cannot exercise other fundamental rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution With the right to choose abortion, women are able to enjoy, like men, the rights to fully use the powers of their minds and bodies.
A man can withdraw from a relationship as soon as he finds out about a pregnancy. There is no question of his involvement after that, he has made his choice. It is only fair to say that women should be given the same choice. If one doesn’t want to hold the responsibilities of a child than she should be able to have the choice of abortion in her options. This is why I feel that abortion should not be outlawed, because if it is all it is going to cause trouble and make women feel as if they are not receiving all their rites.