Why Abortions Must Be Legal
No matter how any of us feel about embryos and fetuses and their
"rights"...about women and sex and responsibility...about God's will,
Karma, or the Bible...the fact still remains:
Women have always used abortion as a last resort to prevent the birth
of a child, and they always will, regardless of what the laws say or the
rest of us think.
But when abortion is illegal, it is unsafe and dangerous. Therefore, abortion
must be legal, and it must be accessible too.
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Some say these acts will stop abortions, but that is ridiculous. When
the smoke clears, the same urgent reasons will exist for safe, legal
abortions as have always existed. No nation committed to individual
liberty could seriously consider returning to the days of back-alley
abortions; to the revolting specter of a government forcing women to
bear children against their will. Still, amid such attacks, it is
worthwhile to repeat a few of the reasons why our society trusts each
woman to make the abortion decision herself.
Here are some reasons why legal abortion is necessary
1. Laws against abortion kill women.
To prohibit abortions does not stop them. When women feel it
is absolutely necessary, they will choose to have abortions,
even in secret, without medical care, in dangerous
circumstances. In the two decades before abortion was legal in
the U.S., it's been estimated that nearly a million women per
year sought out illegal abortions. Thousands died. Tens of
thousands were mutilated. All were forced to behave as if they
Making abortion illegal has little effect on the number of
abortions, as history and present-day evidence from all over
the world show. But illegal abortion is much more dangerous.
According to the American Medical Association in the 1930s
there was "an epidemic of criminal abortion" in the
United States. The number of births dropped by about
half, as women who refused to bring children into a depressed
economy resorted to illegal abortion to end their pregnancies.
As a result, about 2500 women died each year from abortion
complications, accounting for nearly one in four maternal
From 1950 to 1965 in the US, the National Center for Health
Statistics stated that there were 200 to 250
abortion-related deaths reported each year, a number that is
acknowledged to be lower than the true death count.2 But
even using these statistics, and assuming that illegal abortion
was two or three times as dangerous as legal abortion at that
time, a simple calculation shows that there were at...