The problem with pro-choice
Pro-choicer's care so little about the life of a child, that they completely ignore it's right to life, which is completely hypocritical. It's because of their obsessed focus on the woman and not the child that has led to the rise of people like Gosnell, a serial killer disguised as an abortionist.
Pro-choicer's need to be very clear on the terms of an acceptable abortion. If there are no limits, no limits will exist, and unimaginable human rights abuses towards infants will occur in the future.
Should that really be allowed under the justification of "freedom of choice". That's a very vague stance, as I could shoot my neighbor under that very same justification.
Because I actually do believe in free choice, I accept that a woman has a right to not have a child, but I also believe that a child who is obviously alive should have the right not to be inhumanely disposed of like some kind of animal to be slaughtered for a local meat market.
Basically, extreme pro-choice people are hypocrites.
The problem with pro-life
First off, the term pro-life is used as a slander to make those who argue against you seem like they are pro-death, even though many pro-lifers support the death penalty.
According to the definition presented, any termination of a pregnancy, whether intentional or not, is technically an abortion. Are we going to say that any woman who has had a miscarriage is a murderer? Of course not. For those who intentionally abort, we have to consider circumstance.
Would you really find it acceptable for a 12-year old child to be responsible for a human life?
If so, what would you suggest be done for the child's welfare?
Most people have no real solution for the latter question. Most of them suggest placing them up for adoption, which can be detrimental for the child's mental health. Nevertheless, most pro-life supporters see this as an moral victory, which I find quite appalling.
It's also interesting to note that most pro-lifers, are male. The only people who can't get an abortion since they don't carry the child. They also ignore the fact that by making it illegal, women will simply go to unlicensed doctors or take extreme measures to terminate the pregnancy.
According to WHO 21.6 million women experience an unsafe abortion worldwide each year, 47 000 of which die from complications of unsafe abortion each year.
In the above video George Carlin brought up a lot of good points, although I disagree with him on the sanctity of life. I believe that what makes life so special is that it has an experation date and that you only have a one in 400 trillion chance of being born.
The government's stance should be exactly that. Abortion should be available to those that are in a bad situation and see it as the only way out. It's not a choice to be made lightly, we should encourage discussion with friends, family, and the man who impregnanted the woman before she goes through with the procedure. Proper sex education that teaches about contraception can greatly reduce the amounts of abortions.
There was a study conducted by researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis which had 9,256 women from the St. Louis region enrol into the Contraceptive Choice Project between August 2007 and September 2011. The women were aged 14 to 45, with an average age of 25, and many were poor and uninsured with low education. Nearly two-thirds had had an unintended pregnancy previously. Participants were either not using a reversible contraception method or willing to switch to a new one. Researchers provided free, FDA-approved birth control to the women for three years.
Over the course of the study, which lasted from 2008 to 2010, women experienced far fewer unintended pregnancies than expected: there were 4.4 to 7.5 abortions per 1,000 women in the study, which is much fewer than the national rate of 19.6 abortions per 1,000 women and lower than the rate in the St. Louis area of 13.4 to 17 abortions per 1,000 women.
The effect of free contraception on the teen birth rate was remarkable: there were 6.3 births per 1,000 girls aged 15 to 19 in the study, compared with the national rate of 34.3 births per 1,000 teen girls.
“Changes in contraceptive policy simulating the Contraceptive Choice Project would prevent as many as 41% to 71% of abortions performed annually in the United States,” the study’s authors wrote.
Nearly half of the more than 6 million pregnancies that occur each year are unintended, and about 43% of them end in abortion. Further, about 1 million births are unintended, costing U.S. taxpayers about $11 billion a year in associated expenses. Low-income women with less education are far more likely to have an unintended pregnancy than their wealthier, educated peers.
About half of unplanned pregnancies occur in women who are using no contraception; in other cases, women may be using short-acting contraception, like condoms or pills, which can fail if not used properly.
Feel free to check out the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted pregnancy for more information.