The Hidden Effects “The Freedom of Choice Act” Has In Our Country
In our country, we are free to do whatever we want that is not breaking the law. We are free to come and go as we please, say what we want, even drive anywhere we want to go. Why is it such a problem when a woman wants the freedom to do what she wants with her own body? When we think about “The Freedom of Choice Act”, we think about abortion and who has the right to determine what a woman can do or not do with her own body. Through time, we have argued that it the woman who has the right to choose, or perhaps it is the father who should have a say so, or maybe it is the clergy, or the government who should have a say in the ...view middle of the document...
Because of this case, women earned the freedom to have abortions in the first trimester without any involvement from the government or anyone else. This opened the doors for several court cases and controversy with the churches and the government. This brings us back to the question of who should have a say so when a woman wants to get an abortion or what kind of options does a woman who is a victim of rape or incest have?
Abortion: Friend or Foe? Who really gets hurt in the process?:
When we think of the definition of abortion, we would first come to the conclusion that it is the termination of a pregnancy. The actual definition of abortion is the “expulsion of the fetus before it is viable”. (Hern, 1995) Abortion can also happen on its own such as a miscarriage in some cases. With an abortion, who is really the one to get hurt by this decision? Is it the mother, the father, or the family? The person who can get hurt the most in this situation is the woman and her unborn child. She is putting her life at risk to get rid of an unwanted pregnancy. Depending on the stage of the pregnancy, the woman puts her life in greater risk and does not even think of what the consequences can be. It can very well be the last time she is alive before the procedure is performed.
Some of the facts about abortion can be disturbing. Who are the women who get abortions? The range of these women varies greatly. You have those women who have unintended pregnancies, and those who have had unplanned circumstances (ex. Rape). The ages of these women range from as young as 15 to as old as 45 years of age. This has become the most common medical procedure that has been performed on women within this age group. (Jones, Zolna, Henshaw, Stanley, Lawrence, 2008)
There were about 6.4 million pregnancies that occurred in the year of 2000, and about half of those pregnancies ended in abortion. (Jones, Zolna, et al 2008)
What about the different cases where pregnancy comes from incest or rape? Are those women wrong for wanting to decide if they should get an abortion or not? Is it still wrong if they want to undergo an abortion because of the trauma they received? These are very good questions one could ask themselves, but the debate is does the victim has the right to end a pregnancy that is the result from a traumatic experience? If we examine the situation, the baby is not the one who harmed the mother. The attacker is the one who committed the crime and therefore should be punished. There are other alternatives to abortion in these cases. Throughout my research, I have found stories where the victim chose life for the pregnancy instead of an abortion. There was one story I thought was interesting of a young girl who was raped by her boyfriend. She did not know she was pregnant until she went to college. She was going to get an abortion, but she had been advised that her unborn child does feel pain. After hearing this, she could not make up her mind in the weeks to come...