Women Deserve “Better than Abortion”


Anna Hulstedt, Features Editor

A Pro-Life View of Abortion in the United States

      Abortion is a major social issue for the United States to consider, as it involves the difficulties of allowing mothers to make a decision to end the life of her baby before childbirth. The question of whether or not abortion should be legal is brought up once again in the case of Alabama’s House passing a bill to outlaw abortion at any stage unless the mother’s life was at risk, stating the unborn rights of the fetus. This law is not yet effective and is currently being challenged in court.

      When forming an opinion about abortion rights, it’s critical to consider the science behind abortion, what the current laws mean, and the impact that abortion has on a woman’s mentality.

      One of the most debated questions regarding abortion is when life actually begins. Many people will argue that the fetus is not a living creature until a certain point in pregnancy or not living until the first heartbeat. However, even the first cell of the fetus is living and has DNA unique from anyone else’s, including its mother’s.

      The zygote, or the first cell in conception, meets the qualifications for life. It has a metabolism, demonstrates growth, reacts to stimuli, and is able to reproduce. At any point in pregnancy, the fetus is a living creature that has rights just as the mother does. Therefore, the decision for abortion is not just “a woman and her body”.

      Things are either a person or property, and even the most radical pro-choice activists will agree that a human child is not property. As the fetus develops, life becomes more and more clear to see. At just 22 days after conception, the baby’s cardiovascular system becomes separate from the mother’s and it has its own heartbeat. Additionally, by the end of eight weeks, all of the baby’s organs and bodily systems have formed.

      Medicine practices and fetal surgeries also show the existence of the child before birth. For example, separate anesthesia is given to the fetus in a fetal surgery, and many medicines given to the mother go right to the baby. The fetus is not simply a part of the mother but is its own, developing baby.

      Arguing that it is unknown when life begins is instead arguing personal philosophy, politics, or religion. The pro-choice view doesn’t just determine when life begins but when the fetus deserves legal protection.

      Moreover, as well as considering the scientific aspect of abortion, it’s important to look at the current abortion laws to see what they actually mean. For instance, the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision of 1973 ruled that women have an “absolute right to abortion” which means that women have a right to an abortion despite any circumstances. The law states that abortions can be necessary to protect a women’s health in “all factors– physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and women’s age”. Therefore, healthy women can have an abortion for a healthy baby. The court legalized abortion anytime with their statement.

      Many Americans disagree with Roe, as 6 to 17 percent (depending on how the question was asked) of Americans agreed that abortion should be legal at any time, despite any special situations. This statistic proves that at the very least, there should be more restrictions on abortions.

      In addition, 61 percent of Americans think that abortion should be illegal after the first fetal heartbeat. 72 percent think that it should be illegal after the first three months. 86 percent believe that abortion should be illegal after six months.

      Even though Americans are split in terms of the legality of abortion, most can agree that some limitations should be taken into consideration.

      How would things look if abortion would be made illegal? Many pro-abortionists are concerned with the number of maternal deaths. However, changing Roe’s law would not completely eliminate abortion, as it would still be legal for women with severe health risks. For example, Ireland has some of the most restrictive abortion laws but have the lowest number of maternal deaths. Many other developed countries with abortion restrictions experience the same types of results.

      As for victims of rape, it is a common myth that women who are victims of rape want to abort their child. The few that actually do feel tremendous feelings of regret and disappointment. Many people believe that ending the child’s life is a way to pretend the attack never happened. A large number of women who gave birth after rape said that the baby was a blessing and was something good to come out of a tough experience.

      The Feminists for Life organization says that “women deserve better” than abortion. Several pro-choice activists are desperate to create a positive image of abortion as pro-women. Rather, abortion is not an empowerment for women but rather a destructive, guilt-filled, and regretful choice that many women feel forced into. Making abortion illegal, indeed, supports women’s rights to better options than abortion. Unborn children deserve a right to life.

      In the case of rape, abortion seems to be used as an escape for unthoughtful revenge for the crime. When women make this decision too quickly, it often leads to long term feelings of guilt and regret.

      Take for example, the www.afterabortion.com website, in which there are millions of posts from women who felt extremely upset with their decision to have gone through an abortion. Many women are coerced into an abortion by friends, boyfriends, or husbands.

      According to the Guttmacher Institute, which does research and analysis of medical-related statistics, reported that less than 0.5% of abortions were due to rape. Only 3% of abortions were because of fetal problems. 4% of abortions were because of physical health problems. 19% of abortions were due to women simply being “done having children”. 23% of abortions were because the women “couldn’t afford the baby”. 25% of abortions were because women felt they “weren’t ready for a child”. The state of Florida records the reasons for every abortion, and the 2018 report showed that over 75% of abortions were for no reason.

      The statistics can be incredibly twisted in many cases, making it seem like women only chose abortion for health reasons. It’s important to acknowledge the science behind a baby’s growth in the womb, the fact that the Roe v. Wade decision allows virtually any abortion, and that abortion’s impact on a women is a regretful, not empowering, choice.