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Here have been about 60 million legal medical induced abortions between the years 1970 and 2018. This is a large number of women who had their wishes successfully fulfilled safely. Abortions have been a way of terminating a pregnancy for many years, but in modern-day, a controversial debate of if abortions should be illegal has become a pretty common one. Some believe abortion is murder while others believe it’s a fundamental right every woman has. I believe that abortion shouldn’t be banned for many reasons. One of them being that illegal abortions are super unsafe and they can be fatal. Also, I feel like a baby shouldn’t be born unwelcomed and it should not feel like a burden. Finally, even though some say abortion is murder, I believe it is not because life begins after a fetus can survive outside of the womb. So why abortion should be banned ?
The first reason why I believe abortion should not be banned is that if they do end up becoming banned, people will turn to illegal abortions which are super dangerous. Illegal abortions take up a pretty big chunk of maternal deaths annually. The World Health Organization states “ Each year between 4.7% – 13.2% of maternal deaths can be attributed by unsafe abortion. If we were to ban legal abortions, the numbers of women who die yearly from illegal abortions would not decrease. It will increase because even though people know it’s dangerous, they will take the risk to fulfill their wish to end their pregnancy. Along with death being a huge risk of illegal abortions, health problems can be another one. The US National Library of Medicine Institute of Health states “The women who survive unsafe abortion, 5 million will suffer long-term health complications.” Illegal abortions do not only kill thousands of women each year. They pose millions of long term health issues to women that could have easily been avoided with a legal, safe abortion.
Another reason why abortions shouldn’t be banned is that if they were, babies would be brought into this world unwelcomed and it’ll cause them to feel like a burden. Families should love and cherish their babies forever, but if women decide they aren’t ready for that commitment, they often side with an abortion. Although, if abortions were banned, this would not be an option and the mother would be forced to have her child. According to BMC, having an unwanted baby can cause a very bad relationship between the child and the mother. “Unwanted births may also cause poor relations between mother and offspring, even after the child has become an adult.” As a result of the poor relationship caused by the unwanted pregnancy, things such as abuse, child neglection, and abandonment are more likely to happen just because the government decided to ban abortions. Unwanted births may also put the mother at risk of many things such as depression that can make the child feel like a burden. The BMC states “Unintended pregnancy is a risk factor for poor maternal mental health including perinatal depression, stress, and lower levels of psychological well-being and life satisfaction.” If abortions were banned, more mothers would be faced with depression, stress issues and overall, feel crappy. This will cause the offspring to feel like the root of all these issues; which for a child is a terrible feeling to deal with.
Even though I strongly believe abortions should not be banned, other people think differently. Some people believe abortion should be banned because they think the fetus feels pain during the procedure. Live-Action argues “As early as eight to ten weeks after conception, and definitely by thirteen-and-a-half weeks, the unborn experiences organic pain…” Even though people believe this, they are wrong because babies don’t feel pain until the 23rd or 24th week. Live Science defends this by saying “ …the neurons that extend from the spinal cord into the brain needs to reach all the way to the area of the brain where pain is perceived. This does not occur until between 23 and 24 weeks… Moreover, the nerves’ existence isn’t enough to produce the experience of pain…” Overall, the people who say a fetus can feel pain during abortions are wrong because in order to feel pain you need a fully developed cortex (a neuron pain receptor) and babies don’t fully develop one until the late 2nd trimester. Abortions are often not done after the pain receptor is developed.
To sum it up, I am strongly against the banning of abortions. If we decide banning abortions is a good idea, it’ll lead to many health risks to the mother along with the child. Once we ban abortions, women will turn to illegal abortions that can kill them or severely injure them. Next, if women who are set on having an abortion can’t have one, the child will be brought into the world unwelcomed. That can pose many risks emotional and physical for the mother and the offspring. If you are strictly pro-life you might think that abortions are terrible because babies feel bad, but you would be wrong. They don’t feel pain because they don’t have a fully developed pain receptor until the 23rd weeks and abortions rarely take place after then. So, what do you think is best for the people? A safe and healthy abortion that has little to no risk or a lifestyle that can completely ruin a life in only 9 months.