Abortion Has Been Practiced in Term Paper

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Women who are otherwise responsible can become pregnant but out of no fault of their own. Keeping abortion legal ensures that all women have the right to determine their own destiny; no woman should be forced to carry a child who was actively trying to prevent pregnancy in the first place. Even if a woman was trying to become pregnant she might need to get an abortion in cases in which doctors revealed serious birth defects. To prevent unwanted physical and emotional strain not just on the mother but on the father, the extended family, and the community, abortions should be allowed in extreme cases.

The vast majority -- at least 98% -- of all abortions performed in the United States are for women who elect to have them not for physical or mental health purposes or to terminate a pregnancy known to contain genetic defects or birth defects (Johnston).
Johnston notes that those 98% of all abortions are performed primarily for social or economic reasons. For example, an out-of-wedlock pregnancy or a pregnancy from an illicit affair would lead to extreme social sanctions. Forcing a woman to carry an unwanted or unexpected child just to punish her would be akin to outlawing all returns on any purchases, to outlawing U-turns, or to outlawing divorce. Human beings make mistakes, period. As Johnston also points out, about one-fourth of all abortions performed are because the woman and her partner cannot afford to support a child. Abortion is often the ethical choice: preserving civil liberties, mental health, physical health, and family integrity.


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