Abortion is a very controversial and sensitive topic in our world today. Since the 1973 Supreme Court case Roe vs. Wade, abortion has been legal in the United States, but the effective availability of abortion varies from state to state. Since 1973, over 45 million legal abortions have been performed in the United States. This, to me, is an incredibly high number. Over 45 million people did not get to opportunity to live a life in the last 37 years. We will never know what those people could or would have accomplished because their mother decided it would be best for their life to be terminated. Studies done in the past have shown that abortions are much more common among minority women in the United States. Women report some of the following reasons for wanting an abortion: want to postpone childbearing, cannot afford a baby, has relationship problems, too young, and risk to maternal or fetal health. As far as public opinion is concerned, many people have mixed feelings. Some people think that it should be allowed only in certain cases such as rape or to save the women’s life while other people think it should be permitted in all cases. Like a majority of the public, I too have mixed feelings when it comes to abortion. I do not agree with it but I think it should be legal so that mothers have the opportunity to have one if they decide that abortion is the best option for themselves and for the baby.
The big debate surrounding abortion is when life official begins. Does it begin at conception, birth, or some point in between? No one really knows the answer to this question and the way a person answers this question will usually depend on that type of person. To me, it really doesn’t matter when a person believes life begins because no matter what, they are ending a life that could have been. It doesn’t matter if the baby feels it or knows what it going on because abortion ultimately takes away that fetus’s opportunity for a life and a future. A 2000 poll by the Los Angeles Times found that 57% of polltakers considered abortion to be murder. I simply cannot imagine why a mother would want to kill their own flesh and blood.
I understand the debates over abortion that classifies it as the “best option for the child”. If a mother is unable to provide for their baby or doesn’t want their baby then I think adoption is a million times better than abortion. Adoption allows the child to grow up and live their life in an environment where they are wanted. Millions of women who are unable to get pregnant rely on adoption to fill their desires for a family. If women just keep going out and getting abortions, these families would not have the opportunity to provide a loving household for a child in need. Now isn’t it better to allow a child the chance to grow up rather than killing them before they even get a chance? I sure think it is.
By the way Stephen, we have one more blog entry after this but nice try