Many young women are not ready to have a baby, and they may not be able to deal with that type of responsibility in their life. While many believe abortion is bad, I believe that young women should have access to legal abortions.
At this current moment, many states are restricting access to abortion, but I believe it needs to stay legal. Access to abortions is good because a woman could be facing many challenging circumstances, such as sexual assault, being young, lacking sexual education, or an abusive relationship. They deserve an abortion because they may not want to have a baby by rape. If they are young, they are probably not able to take care of themselves, so why bring a child into this world?
There have been many recent cases where abortions should have been used. For example, CBS News reported a story in Ohio where there was an 11-year-old girl who was raped by a 26-year-old man multiple times. Now she is pregnant and she is no longer able to have an abortion. She is traumatized because she is so young and pregnant, and it's her rapist’s baby who she is carrying for nine months. A way they could have helped this situation was by letting her get an abortion.
Another reason why young women should be able to have abortions is that they can end up with unwanted pregnancies which can end up hurting the baby. Jada McClain was a teen mom who killed her infant by throwing the baby in the dumpster, according to ABC news. She hid her pregnancy from her parents. She told her friends that she drank alcohol and did drugs while pregnant to try to kill the baby.
According to NBC New York News, on Mar. 29, 2019, McClain had her baby in her bathroom. When she delivered she pushed down on the baby’s chest so he would stop breathing. Later on that day, she and the baby’s father Quaimere Mohammad drove to an apartment complex and put the baby inside a dumpster. McClain is charged with first-degree murder, and Mohammad is charged with desecrating human remains. Instead of her getting an abortion or giving the baby up for adoption, now McClain and her boyfriend are facing possible jail time.
Unlike McClain, some teens are committed to being parents because they have the resources and help from others. However, some young women are overwhelmed with being a parent. According to an ABC news story, on Jul. 19, 2019 in Oxnard California, a 20-year-old mother Andrea Torralba and the 21-year-old father David Villa strangled a newborn baby boy after birth. Medical staff found the baby boy unresponsive due to the injuries that he had received, and he died.
These are two examples of why abortions are important to young women in this generation. This also sends a message to young mothers to talk and be open with their parents, so their parents can help them.
I think abortions are the best option for women. Some would say that teens can put a baby up for adoption. However, I disagree with this choice, because if someone gives up their child for adoption, a teenager still has to carry the child for nine months. That is a huge responsibility for a young person who is still in school. When they give their child up for adoption, they’re going to be worried about the quality of their care 24/7.
However, when you have an abortion, everything is all done. You will be able to try again when you are older in life. But when you give your child up for adoption, you’re missing memories that you’re not able to get back. The bond won’t be there, because someone else is raising your child and building a relationship with them. That is why abortion will help teens more than adoptions.