Opinion: It’s My Choice and I Want It Now!

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Katelyn Benoit, Author

By: Katelyn Benoit

Abortion. A political debate between people for a couple of years. Many protests and rallies have started. But for what reason? To shame women for their choices with their body or to give women the choices for the future?  

People who identify within their political views as Pro-Life and Pro-Choice have been arguing for years now. What does it mean to be Pro-Life and Pro-Choice? Pro-Life is defined as “the belief that all human life is created equal regardless of size, level of development, education, and degree of dependency. Therefore, taking the life of a preborn baby is a violation of the fundamental right to life.”  People who fall into the Pro-Life political view stand for not having the right to an abortion with a pregnancy that goes beyond several weeks.

 Pro-Choice is defined as “the belief that every woman should be endowed with the right to her own life and body. Therefore, denying a woman an abortion is denying her the right to bodily autonomy.” People who fall into the Pro-Choice political view stand for having an abortion no matter what happens. Having the right and it always being there for their convenience is what they advocate for.  

Overall, about 1 in 4 women in the U.S. will have an abortion by the time they’re 45 years old. Women have abortions all the time for all kids of reasons. Some of those reasons may include but aren’t limited to: They want to be the best parent possible to the kids they already have, they’re not ready to be a parent yet, it’s not a good time in their life to have a baby, they want to finish school, focus on work, or achieve other goals before having a baby, they’re not in a relationship with someone they want to have a baby with, they’re in an abusive relationship or were sexually assaulted, the pregnancy is dangerous or bad for their health, the fetus won’t survive the pregnancy or will suffer after birth, and/or they just don’t want to be a parent. 

A point that is used in an argument against abortion that it is murder. They say that if you are Pro-Choice, then you are “Pro-Murder”. In my opinion, I think that if someone was for murder, rallies would be much simpler and easier to outlaw. Pro-Choice is supporting the right of having a choice when it comes to what decisions women make with their body and how they treat it.  

Abortion clinics should not have to get shut down based off what others think is right and wrong. Clinics like Planned Parenthood are a part of healthcare systemand should be treated like every other part of healthcare systems.