Let’s Talk Politics: Abortion

Brianna Pineda, Staff Writer

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The topic of abortion has always been a controversy in our society. Though every state has at least one abortion clinic, there are some states in the United States that have set restrictions to have an abortion. Restrictions such as the 20 week abortion ban and the heartbeat bills and so many more make it harder for women to get an abortion, and go against the ruling of Roe v. Wade. Now, when I say restrictions I mean exactly that. Since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case in 1973, abortion is fully legal in the U.S.

Roe v. Wade was a landmark decision of the Supreme Court. The court ruled that the U.S. Constitution would protect a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without outrageous government restrictions on January 22, 1973. The case began in 1970. Jane Roe was a fictional name used to protect the identity of Nora McCorvey who issued federal action against Henry Wade. It took three years until a final decision could be made, but nevertheless the Supreme Court found that it was and is the woman’s decision to have an abortion. Roe wasn’t the first abortion, but it gave women the opportunity of a safe and legal abortion. 

Even though abortion has been legal in the states for the past 46 years, some people still can’t accept the fact that it is legal, so they make up ridiculous restrictions in their state (that violate the Roe v. Wade ruling). And while this is a big controversy in the U.S., 73% of people oppose the overturn of Roe v. Wade and around 38% disagree.

People are so quick to judge women who decide to have an abortion without even thinking what situation they might be in. There are several reasons why women would choose to have an abortion. For example, she might have been a subject to rape or incest, the pregnancy may be affecting her physically or mentally, or she simply isn’t ready to provide for another life. 

Whatever the case may be, it is none of our business what she decides to do or to try to make her not go through with it because at the end of the day she would be the one taking care of that baby.

People will always try to counter abortion and say to just give the baby up for adoption, but imagine the situation of the woman carrying the child. If her pregnancy is a result of rape or incest, there is a chance that she isn’t going want carry her rapist’s or family member’s baby, and it might affect her mental health. 

Statistics show that .14% of women got an abortion due to being raped, and .01% as a result of incest. Now, if rape or incest isn’t the case and it’s instead messing with her physical or mental health she is most likely not going to go through with something that is causing her physical or mental pain. Because if she does and it is affecting her physically she might pass away during childbirth, and if she is mentally affected that baby isn’t going to have a very good upbringing. Put together, there were 3.8% of women who obtained an abortion for this reason. And finally if a woman isn’t ready or can’t provide for the child it is totally up to her. Abortion isn’t always a full proof option because the child is going to wonder for most of their lives why their mothers didn’t want them and living life wondering why and feeling sorry for themselves is no life at all.

People always make it sound like those of us that are pro-choice think of abortion as a happy joyful situation, but I guarantee you that not a single sane person has those thoughts when they hear abortion. We just understand and have respect for the women’s decision no matter what it is. It’s nobody’s place but hers to decide what she wants to do, and no matter what it is we have to respect that because it’s not the easiest thing in the world to do, and to make her feel horrible for what she decided to do is disgusting and uncivil. So yes, I am pro-choice and believe that it is up to the women to decide to get an abortion within the standard time period. As always, this is only my point of view and you decide how you see it.