Poster protesting the policies regulating a women’s body.

Marissa Johnson, Reporter

Choice is about who gets to make the decision. The question of whether and when we bring a new life into the world. It is one of the most important decisions a woman can make. It is too big a decision for us to make for each other, especially for perfect strangers. It is unethical to ban abortion because doing so denies freedom of choice to women and forces the unwilling to bear the unwanted. If a woman is not allowed to have an abortion she is not only forced to continue the pregnancy to birth but also expected by society to support and look after the resulting child for many years to come, unless she can get someone else to do so.


Access to legal, professionally-performed abortions reduces maternal injury and death caused by unsafe, illegal abortions. Before abortion was legalized women would try to induce abortions by using coat hangers, knitting needles, or radiator flush, or by going to unsafe “back-alley” abortionists. In 1972, there were 39 maternal deaths from illegal abortions. By 1976, after Roe v. Wade had legalized abortion nationwide, this number dropped down to two. The World Health Organization estimated that unsafe abortions cause 68,000 maternal deaths worldwide each year, many of those in developing countries where safe and legal abortion services are difficult to access.


In 1973- 2017, over 60 million legal abortions are estimated to have been performed in the United States, which is an average of about 1.4 million abortions per year. About one in four US women will have an abortion before age 45. A woman’s risk of dying from having an abortion is 0.6 in 100,000, while the risk of dying from giving birth is around 14 times higher (8.8 in 100,000). 14,000 women have abortions following rape or incest. The risk of death associated with childbirth is about 10 times as high as that associated with abortion.


Contraceptives are imperfect, and the people using them are too. The pill is 1960s technology, half a century old. For decades, women were told that the pill was 99 percent effective, and they blamed themselves when they got pregnant anyway, but that 99 percent is a “perfect use” statistic. In the real world people aren’t perfect. One in eleven women relying on the pill get pregnant each year. For a couple relying on condoms, that’s one in six.


IF YOU’RE AGAINST ABORTION DON’T GET ONE, but don’t take that right away from other woman just because you think you can justify being pro life with the argument that women can carry a baby to term and “put the child up for adoption.” That argument is simply absurd due to that fact that there are nearly 443,000 children in foster care in the United States. In 2017, more than 690,000 children spent time in U.S. foster care. You put these unwanted children into the foster with the possibility of them being put with a family that could abuse them, molest them, rape them or even worse. Or they sit in the foster care system until they age out, turn 18 and are homeless, jobless and have nobody. All because people think they have the right to tell a woman what she can and can’t do with her body.