Emma Ryan

Ms. Grimaldi
HELA 10
22 February 2016
Should Women have the Right to an Abortion?
The actress, Ellen Page once said, “I am a feminist and I am totally pro-choice, but
what’s funny is when you say that people assume that you are pro-abortion. I don’t love abortion
but I want women to be able to choose and I don’t want white dudes in an office being able to
make laws on things like this. I mean what are we going to do - go back to clothes hangers?”
Page makes the comment that even though she's pro-choice, that doesn’t mean she’s proabortion. Page believes that instead of white men choosing for women, the women can make
their own decisions. Women should have the right to an abortion because some women are
physically, mentally or financially incapable of supporting a baby, so women should have the
right to choose what happens to her baby and her body, and women’s health shouldn’t be
compromised.
In some countries, victims of rape aren’t treated with an abortion. “We were pleased to
hear religious leaders in Nigeria call for compassion towards pregnant, former captives of Boko
Haram and for acceptance of the children they will bear” (Hammond, Phillip, John and Kerry).
Somebody who has been captives of Boko Haram would most likely be emotionally damaged.
Emotionally damaged people would not be the best people to start families. These women would
have to raise these kids, if they couldn’t get abortions. “The state of Texas’ sustained campaign

against Planned Parenthood and other family-planning clinics affiliated with abortion providers
appears to have led to an increase in births among low-income women who lost access to
affordable and effective birth control” (Netburn, Deborah). Women with low incomes are having
more kids due to birth control restrictions and the restrictions on abortion. These financial
problems would only worsen with a baby to support. Emotional, physical and financial aspects of
the women all affect the decision, but in every way abortion should be one of the women’s
options.
Women should have the right of choice for her baby and her body. “Given the usually
poor, uneducated and frightened state of the women involved laws saying abortion is equivalent
to murder, constitutes as abuse” (Padgett, Tim). Women in these situations are scared; they don’t
know what to do or even what their choices are. It also makes it even harder for them to hear that
if they kill the baby they can’t take care of then they are considered murderers. “Inside the clinic,
a woman won’t receive a free pregnancy test but see a counselor to discuss options, see models
of fetuses, a free ultrasound and attend childbirth classes” (Calmes, Jackie). These clinics
promise free pregnancy tests and abortions on the outside. On the inside however, the pregnant
woman talks to a counselor about other options besides abortion, but is not given the chance to
have an abortion. Women with unwanted pregnancies may want to do something detrimental to
their health to get rid of the unwanted baby.
Protecting the health of the woman should be the top priority when making the choice. In
one case, a woman that had heavy bleeding at five weeks of pregnancy was told by doctors that
the embryo was no longer living. “She went to the hospital with heavy bleeding and was told her
embryo was dead. Doctors refused to give her an abortion, telling her she had to carry it for a full
9 months and give birth to a stillborn” (Eckholm, Erik). Refusing to give the patient an abortion,

the doctors informed her that she would have to wait full term and deliver a stillborn. She said
that having a dead baby inside of her and not having a chance to get it out make her feel “unsafe”
(Eckholm, Erik). She ended up traveling to her birth country, Spain, for an abortion. “Other
women who lack the funds turn to the internet and dangerous remedies to have homemade
abortions. One woman considered throwing herself in front of a truck to solve the problem”
(Eckholm, Erik). Instead of criminalizing abortion, Americans should help the women who are
scared. The main goal shouldn’t be to scare someone out of having an abortion. It should be to
make all the choices known and let the woman make her own decision.
Opposing views believe that abortion shouldn’t be legal. They think that it is inhumane
and that it is murder. “ My thinking has evolved and changed dramatically due to the being
better informed and disciplined, being more caring and responsible and having a stronger love
for all life” (Ingram, John Richard). This man believes that his belief that abortion should be
illegal makes him more understanding because love can be found in any situation. Where could
love be found in poverty due to the newborn child? Children are expensive, and people not
expecting a child may not be prepared to support one either. Love is hard to find in a house full
of abuse and neglect, as well. Love could be found, but it would be hidden under layers of regret,
abuse and neglect.
Abortions should be legal so women can choose whether or not they are able to support a
baby. A woman should be in control of the choices made for her body and her baby. A woman's
health could be compromised by a baby she doesn’t want. Ellen Page’s quote will forever be
relevant as long as this topic is still questioned. Abortions need to be legal for the safety of
women and for the safety of mankind.

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