The debate over abortion is age old. There seems that there will never be a compromise. A clear-cut answer is even more far-fetched. I believe that abortion is not an act of murder and therefore should remain legal. There are numerous accounts of abortions where it is not only necessary in regards to the physical health of the mother, but also her mental health as well. Abortion is the choice of the woman who is carrying the fetus and no one else’s. Pregnancy, in all aspects, is the business of the woman and man who are engaging in intercourse. If you are not in the room when the fetus is being conceived, you cannot put in your two cents on the matter.
One- third of all children born in America are the result of an unplanned pregnancy (Swanbrow). Four out of ten of these pregnancies will end in abortion (“Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States”). Eighty-six percent of abortions take place before the thirteenth week mark. In the US, one out of six women has been the victim of either attempted or completed rape (“National Crime Victimization Survey”). These women, more than anyone else, have the right to terminate their unwanted pregnancy.
Rape victims have to endure life-long repercussions. To have a child around that reminds them of the event everyday would be dreadful. The statistics, in regards to the pain women go through afterwards, are black and white. They are three times more likely to suffer from depression, six times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, thirteen times more likely to abuse alcohol, and twenty-six times more likely to abuse drugs (“National Crime Victimization Survey”). Those numbers alone justify a women’s want for an abortion. Even more detrimental than that, a woman who has been raped is four times more likely to contemplate suicide (“National Crime Victimization Survey”). Not only is the health and mental stability of the “would-be” mother poor, but this environment is dangerous for any child.