I wholeheartedly believe that every woman should be able to choose whether or not she wants to have an abortion. While I do not think I would ever be able to have one, I don't think that my opinion or view should affect someone else. There are several reasons why a woman may want to have an abortion, all of which are personal. Abortion comes at a great price, and the woman must live with her choice for the rest of her life. If she can accept that, then why shouldn't be allowed to?
There are several reasons why a woman might decide to have an abortion:
1. She was raped and emotionally can't handle being pregnant. In this case, people think that the woman should just suck it up, have the baby, and give the child up for adoption. However, pregnancy is supposed to be a wonderful experience for a woman and should be celebrated. I can't even imagine how awful and traumatic it would be to spend 10 months carrying a child that was the product of rape. To have mixed emotions about the pregnancy and to have to relive the rape every day as you go through each stage of pregnancy. Plus, I think that it is impossible to not feel a bond to your baby as you feel it growing inside of you. PTSD is a real thing, and the woman can't even begin to grieve and move on while having a constant reminder of what happened.
2. It could be too risky for the mother. There are many complications that can arise with a pregnancy, and for some women, these complications are deadly. Yes, they could take the risk and try and bring the baby to term, but not all women want to take that risk. That is a decision that has to be made with the father of the child and the doctor. Maybe the father doesn't want to risk losing the mother of his child as well as the child. Or maybe they already have kids and they don't want them to lose their mother.
3. The woman may be unable to raise a kid. Once again, the baby could be put up for adoption, but that isn't a perfect solution. Being pregnant comes with medical bills and tons of expenses. The mother might be incapable of paying for those bills or she might have other reasons why she doesn't want to give the baby up for adoption.
4. There are too many people in the foster care system. Putting a child up for adoption isn't as simple as it sounds. You can't just decide that you want to give your baby away and instantly have a perfect family waiting by that wants to adopt. Yes, some women find a couple to adopt their baby before it is born, but others do not. The babies that aren't adopted immediately, are put in the system. This system is already overcrowded and struggling to find permanent homes for the kids already in it. The older a child is, the less likely they are to be adopted.
I'm sure there are many other reasons why a woman might decide to have an abortion, but to this day, I have only heard one reason why people think a woman shouldn't have one. Religion. Any time someone says they don't believe in abortions, it is because of their religious beliefs. And it is perfectly acceptable to believe that having an abortion is wrong, but that doesn't make you right. Religious beliefs of any kind should not impact or prevent people from making their own decisions and choices. If you don't believe in abortions, don't have one. But don't try and force your beliefs on someone who isn't interested in them. One viewpoint should never be forced on others and laws should not be passed or vetoed based on religious beliefs and practices. No one is forcing people to have abortions, so no one should force people to not have them