I don't know about you, but I, personally, dislike children and wish never to become a parent. So why should I be denied my dream and pursuit of happiness - after all, a child would make my life miserable even if I were richer than Bill Gates and happily married at age 24 - just because other people don't like it? Oh, I'm such an evil murderer (or at least a potential one) because I like to kill things that aren't alive or wanted or undeveloped! But of course, a lot of people who would call me a murderer say it's perfectly fine if the woman having the abortion was a rape victim. Oh of course! Why didn't I realize that it's only ethical if a fetus is murdered if it was unwanted - I mean - if it was the product of a rape. It's much more clear to me now.
"Pro-lifers" - even the NAME is hypocritical! According to my friend, which I think is brilliant, they should call them "pro-babies" because unwanted children can destroy life (the mother's life, the father's life, the 12-year-old aunt...)
My sister had a child right before she graduated from high school, and I'll let you know that it didnt just screw up HER life. Though I wasn't entirely required to, but I felt obligated to since my niece's parents couldn't afford a real babysitter, I had to babysit my niece almost my entire summer. Not only that, but my niece has to grow up without her parents together. That is going to affect her later in life, I know it, and it isn't her fault, so why does she have to suffer? My niece is going to have psychological problems in the future, it's really obvious since she grew up with a disrupted childhood - her father isn't always there, her parental figures are unclear, her mom is too harsh, among other things.
In addition, my sister didn't finish college. I think my parents' reaction and everything else my sister experienced damaged my sister's self-esteem because it seems like she's unsure about herself, which might explain why she's hesistating to finish her education.
According to Roe v. Wade, women has the right to privacy. After 30 years, everyone believes that women don't? Why should the government have control over the future of a woman's life, especially if it would screw up her life, like my sister (and everyone else related to her)?
Abortion is performed through surgery or using chemicals (medical abortion) - using the combination of two drugs (methotrexate and misoprostol), pills with RU-486, or vacuum aspiration abortions. 96% of 178 women had successful medical abortion (Richard U. Hausknecht at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY.) A second study by Dr. Eric Schaff was held at the University of Rochester "found that 98 of 100 women completed abortions with the Methotrexate-Misoprostol combination."
You think that having an abortion is much more unhealthy, worse, or dangerous than going through pregnancy? Giving birth HURTS - so only a few women give natural births, which means there are chemicals used in pregnancy as well! Some women become depressed after pregnancy. Bladder control problems are common. Most women gain weight as a result of less exercise and possibly bad eating habits, and it's difficult to get back into shape because of caring for the child. There is a chance that varicose veins, hemorrhoids, which are usually found in the legs and genital area, will occur because of the hormones of pregnancy. Stretch marks, which 90% of women will have, sometimes stay permanent. Hepatitis B, HIV, or other sexually transmitted diseases can be passed on to the baby. A woman's body can take up to 8 years to fully heal after giving birth. This is not a complete list.
According to Childbirth by Choice Trust:
RU-486: 1 death in 200,000 abortions.
Vacuum aspiration abortion: 1 death in 200,000 abortions
Childbirth: 1 death in 14,300 pregnancies
Illegal abortions: 1 death in 3,000 abortions.
The embryos aren't even technically alive, since they don't have a brain during the time they are able to be aborted. They haven't been born yet, either, so it isn't murder. I see it as getting rid of something that will become a greater problem.
In states in which a minor needs parent or guardian consent for abortions, there tend to be more illegal, hazardous abortions taking place because the youths prefer to risk their lives than have their parents involved and get a legal abortion. If the right to abort was taken away entirely, there would definitely be more dangerous abortions occurring and probably more abandoned children.