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Should the Government Be Able to Stop a Woman from Getting an Abortion?

| March 28, 2014 | 432 Comments
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Should the government (federal or state) be able to stop a woman from getting an abortion? If so, why? If not, should there be at least some restrictions on abortion procedures? Why or why not?

Introduction

There are fewer topics in American politics more controversial and polarizing than abortion. Although Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision, effectively legalized abortion in every state, it certainly did not quell the debate. In the four decades since, anti-abortion – or pro-life – activists have made various legal attempts to challenge and redefine the court’s decision. In recent years, anti-abortion campaigns have been increasingly focused on passing more restrictive abortion laws in individual states, as opposed to pursuing new federal legislation.

In 2013 alone, state legislatures enacted 70 laws restricting abortion access, ranging from bans on abortions at 20 weeks postfertilization to limitations on insurance coverage for abortions. The issue took center stage in Texas last summer, when State Senator Wendy Davis unsuccessfully attempted to block a new restrictive abortion law by staging a 13-hour filibuster.

In light of recent restrictions, abortion remains a common experience: Roughly one in three unintended pregnancies result in an abortion according the Guttmacher Institute. However, public opinion is sharply divided. In a 2013 Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 70 percent of respondents said they would not want the Supreme Court to completely overturn Roe v. Wade, as opposed to 24 percent who did. But more than half of all respondents favored imposing some limits on abortion.

Dig deeper into the abortion debate: visit The Lowdown blog to explore an interactive state-by-state map of abortion laws and rates.

Resource

PBS NewsHour video Five States Move to Restrict Access to Abortion Services
Five states have moved to adopt tighter abortion regulations, including North Dakota, which has the nation’s strictest abortion regulation, outlawing abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected. Jeffrey Brown gets perspectives from Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life and Ilyse Hogue of NARAL Pro-Choice America.


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More Resources

NPR radio segment Texas Abortion Restrictions Shutter Two More Clinics
Several Texas abortion clinics are shutting down Thursday, in part due to restrictions passed by state lawmakers. They join a growing list of clinics that have closed since the law was passed.

CNN video Texas Abortion Battle
In wake of Texas House abortion vote, CNN’s Jim Acosta reports this battle is only one of many across the nation.

New York Times article Abortion Law Pushes Texas Clinics to Close Doors
Shortly before a candlelight vigil on the sidewalk outside, employees of the last abortion clinic in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas shut the doors early Thursday evening, making legal abortion unavailable in the poorest part of the state in the wake of tough new restrictions passed last year by the Texas Legislature.


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  • tj

    I think the gov’t should stop women from getting an abortion if you don’t want a kid then don’t have sex

    • Kyle_C_3boydbence

      Let me ask you a question what right does the government have to butt into your personal life? None at all, since you have them butting into your life do you want them to start telling you what to do? But I agree with that if you don’t want a kid then don’t have sex. It also should be having protected sex. Also if you’re not ready for a baby you shouldn’t have sex at all and that decreases the changes from 100% to 0%. http://www.nwlc.org/our-issues/health-care-%2526-reproductive-rights/abortion

    • MaggieS-2boydbence

      TJ,
      While not having sex is a good way to prevent having a baby sometimes it isn’t your choice. Many women who face the idea of abortion were raped and a baby wasn’t their choice. While I’ve never had to make this choice and never want some women need to be able to make her own choice without the government telling them what to do. Nor federal or state laws should control a human right, to do what they want to their own body. Many people are uncomfortable with this idea, I being one of them, some are and should have that choice free of the government and hate from others.

    • Lukep_3boydbence

      You make a good point, but in some cases it always isn’t sex. Sometimes its rape. Many women who face the choice of abortion either were raped or had unprotected sex. No state or federal law should be able to control what a women does with her body.”A baby should not come into the world unwanted.” If the women who has this choice makes the one above so be it. Its her decision one way or the other. http://abortion.procon.org/

    • Brent_L_Per1

      I don’t think that the discussion is about having sex or not. It’s all about whether the government should get involved or not. If the government doesn’t allow women to get abortions many people would go other back alley routes. This would result in more women dying because of inexperienced “doctors” trying to pull of a complex procedure they don’t have the know-how to perform.

      • Oryonah Ross

        i agree in a sense i do not not agree with what you are saying when woman are deprived of the right to have an abortion are forced to find other ways like going to doctors that they are unsure of, and back alley ways. they also have created a drug that induces abortions which, in which i think is completely wrong. You can use the abortion if you are in a situation where you are sure wouldn’t be a stable place for your child, or may hurt the child in the long run. But if you are using it as an excuse for your insolence then you shouldn’t have the right to an abortion. There are many woman out there who use abortion as something to toy with and a reason to get rid of their child they unwittingly made.Children are something that should be born not toyed with and killed, yes if there is a circumstance that had been made like being raped then you should have the choice, but if you had sex unprotected and knowing that there is a chance you could have a child then you shouldn’t have the chance because of your stupidity http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/03/back-alley-abortions_n_5065301.html

    • Jacob_W_Period3

      What right does the government have to tell a women whether or not she should have a baby aborted. We are already losing our land of the free slogan and doing this would further shame that name. What if the women is raped. She is sexually assaulted and no has a baby with no one to help her. She has three options here: Keep the baby even though she can barely take care of it. Abort the baby so it doesn’t go through the hard ships she’s been through, or give up for adoption and explain its a rape baby. I not saying its right but in the end, it’s up to the mother.

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      tj, I agree with your saying. But keep in mind that what if was rap or incest. They had no choice. I bet you that if it was rap, he gave her two choices. Either to have sexual enter course or die.

      http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/03/27/abortion

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      I agree with you tj….but it is not alway’s sex, it might be forced like rape, she should have a choice whether or not to abort it. If the government doesn’t allow women to get abortions many people would go other back alley routes. If the baby comes into the world unwanted it would be horrible.

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      Rape is defined as “The unlawful compelling of a person through physical force or duress to have sexual intercourse.” According toDictionary.com. Think about it.

    • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

      I disagree that the government should stop women from getting an abortion. I don’t think any of us would appreciate it if the government began telling us what to do with our lives and how to live it. No one has the right to tell you how to live your life. America is a republic; we have the ability to make our own choices and decisions. It isn’t always sex; there are other ways that a woman gets pregnant, such as rape.

      • Kat VanHuis

        although i agree that the government shouldnt be telling women what to do, i feel like it is in the doctors best intrest to talk to the women. mot tell them what they Have to do. just place there opinion. i believe that a life is a life. rape, or having sex for the love, it could end in a baby either way. But wheather its an accident or not, thats a life. i call it murder. i wont bash anyone elses opinions but i feel its wrong. thegovernment has no right to tell you what to do, but you should make the honest, conscious choice on your own

        http://www.tfpstudentaction.org/politically-incorrect/abortion/10-reasons-why-abortion-is-evil.html

    • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

      I don’t agree. Not all people are in the wanting of a child. Above the debate says that some clinics do not allow clients to receive abortion if pregnancy is caused by rape. This is the result of the government in control. It proves that abortion should be something decided by the family or woman. The woman should be able to decide whether or not it is the best for themselves, not the government. The government doesn’t know what a person is going through or the reason.

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      Tj, while I respect your opinion, you need to think from the perspective of a woman NOT a sex crazed boy. While I do not agree with abortion, women have to right to do what they want with their bodies just like men do. Autonomy, the right to self govern (just like free-will), is something we are born with. The government should not have roll in the decision making of women having or not having an abortion.

    • KayleeH_3BoydBence

      With having sex comes the common knowledge that a baby can come out of it. Sex is not just for baby making though, its for fun and love as well. So if you use as many forms of protection as possible and pull out you can easily prevent a baby. But sex isn’t taught well enough because most people don’t know that even if you do all that you can still get pregnant from other way like pre-cum. Pre-cum doesn’t have sperm in it but it can pick it up along the way. Also sperm on hands that go in the female genitals can cause you to get pregnant too. So they can use all forms of birth control and still get pregnant, so while they are having their fun they are exposing themselves to this possibility of getting pregnant. They use all protection possible and still get pregnant from something like sperm on hands, well that would be an unwelcomed surprise and if they aren’t ready for a kid they should be able to have the right over their body to terminate it. Not all woman wanna be mothers nor do they want to go through the pain of pregnancy. What if the woman is raped? Having sex in the first place wasn’t even her decision so should she really keep the baby that would remind her of the pain she went through. The government doesn’t need to stop abortion but it does need to control it to make sure it is safe for patients. It doesn’t matter how big the hallways are just that everything in the hospital is sanitize. The government just need to keep a watchful eye on abortion to make sure that it is safe for all woman and meeting health codes.
      I would like you, tj, to only have sex with your partner when you wanna have a kid, hold all your urges and when you are ready to make a baby you can then have sex, because thats what you mean right? No love or fun, just plain old baby making.

    • ESigler-2boydbence

      Tj, I have to disagree with you. The government shouldn’t have right to control over a woman personal health choices. I personally think abortion is okay, and is a personal choice, so for those you don’t find it okay, then they don’t have to have one. Let girls have the choice over their life.

    • Ryan_R_2BoydBence

      Tj, I strongly disagree with you. The government has no choice on you do to YOUR body. We have the freedom of having choice, and it is completely OUR choice. We aren’t a government object that they have total control over. Not everyone has an abortion because they willingly had sex, and ended up with a baby that they didn’t want. 1 in 5 women in the US are raped. I, being a woman, couldn’t imagine someone forcing me to have sex with them and then end up being pregnant with their child. What meaning would that even have for the child? If she keeps the baby, it will remind her of all the pain she went through and what love would she have for the child? Having a child you never wanted, by someone whom you didn’t want. And what about the child? possibly growing up without a father, a RAPIST father, I might add. The government has no right to take that right from you if you do not want to be pregnant or have a child.

    • lilliand_3_boydbence

      I 100% disagree with you because what if she wanted the baby, and the baby was hurting the mothers body? Then that would be an exception. Or what if a young girl had no intension in having sex, and she got raped thats not fair to the girl.

    • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

      I completely disagree with you. Not every woman wants a child, sometimes young and even older woman get raped and they end up pregnant and it wasn’t their choice for them to get raped and end up pregnant, also people who do have sex and don’t want a child use protection but lets also look at the fact that condoms break and birth control is not available for everyone. Abortions are things that woman decide to do because they believe its the best thing to do at that time and sometimes abortion is the best thing to do when things like that happen. Also if the government makes abortion illegal there are still going to be a lot of “back-alley” abortions, the government can’t prevent rape and they cant prevent pregnancies, what its most important is for the woman or young girls to be safe with their health.

    • Guest

      The government doesn’t get to decide what I do with MY body. Why do they get to choose? They shouldn’t be able to. If they don’t like abortion, they shouldn’t have one. But the law isn’t all about whether or not abortion should be illegal. It is also about our access to birth control among many other things. I personally think abortion is wrong but when it comes to who can tell a women she can or cannot get a medical procedure done…I believe strongly that the government should get no say. Every woman has a right to do whatever she wants with her body and she should have 100% access to birth control so abortion isn’t the only option for her. If we make abortion illegal or put too many restrictions on who can get it, women will resort to extreme measures to have her baby aborted which may include doing it herself. Let’s keep it safe, legal and available.

      My sources include, CNN, PBS and personal experience with a family friend who was denied access to abortion

      http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/27/justice/texas-abortion-law-court/
      http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/first-amendment-case-brings-abortion-protesters-rights-supreme-court/

    • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

      Tj,
      I do not agree with you at all. I agree with you in the sense that the government should stop it, but what you said is completely uneducated. Sure lets not have sex because its a good way to not have a baby. Believe it or not there is a thing called rape and sexual abuse in this world. Some people don’t have the choice to not have a baby. Have a little more respect with your comments.

    • emily_p_2shuttleboydbence

      Tj,
      There are some instances, such as rape, where the woman couldn’t have done anything to keep her from getting pregnant. “Roughly one in three unintended pregnancies result in an abortion..” The government should not have the right to tell the woman she can not abort the baby, when it wasn’t even her intention in the first place. It is her body and it is her choice.

      • NateDawg

        emily_p_2shuttleboydbence, I agree with you
        on that abortions should not be legal, but for different reasons. For some
        reason, people think that if you become pregnant you are going to
        be stuck with a child. It is totally understandable to not want to become a
        parent, whether pregnancy resulted from rape or faulty protection. It is,
        however, very irresponsible to have sex, become pregnant, and rely on the
        existence and availability of abortions. Especially with the possibility of
        adoption. There is not only a possibility of putting your child up for
        adoption, but there are plenty of families who want to have a child and aren’t capable
        of doing so. In a way it would be inconsiderate and even ignorant to get pregnant
        and have an abortion. Also, abortions
        cost hundreds if not thousands, whereas adoptions are completely free and you
        can actually obtain financial aid for living expenses during pregnancy, as
        shown at http://www.americanadoptions.com/pregnant/deciding_between_abortion_or_adoption.
        So by abortions being illegal, there would really only be benefits to both the
        child-bearer and families looking for a child to adopt.

        • Cole Wierman boydbence

          I know people who have been adopted. At least they have a chance at life.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      Well, thats very insensitive of you. What about cases of rape and incest? I think that the government shouldn’t be able to completely stop abortions, they should only restrict them. With abortion being legal women will have a safe means of abortions vs unsafe, illegal abortions. According to a PBS Newshour video the president Barrack Obama supports a woman’s right to an abortion. According to the same video, 70% of Americans want to protect a woman’s right to abortion as well.

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

      Tj,
      I completely disagree with you. The government should not be allowed to decide if women could abort or not. I am against abortion, but the government does not have the right to control what a woman does with her body. If a woman was raped, this could result her getting pregnant. Or if the pregnant woman is having a life threatening pregnancy, in which she could die before giving birth. What if she can’t support the child financially? The government is not allowed to get involved in this type of situation.

    • Melody_M_2boydbence

      I agree I think the government should stop women from getting an abortion because you are killing something that doesnt have the chance to live and if you didnt want it in the first place you shouldnt have sex but rape is a big problem and i think that is the only time to get an abortion.

      • Cole Wierman boydbence

        How do you know the woman would not lie about getting raped?

    • KshitijK_2BoydBence

      Tj, You are completely wrong. I am against abortion, but I am also against government controlling and telling woman what they can and can’t do. It is their body and their choice if they want abortion. What if the child was about to be born with a lot of deficiencies, he/she would suffer their entire life. So a better choice would be abortion

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      Tj, I somewhat agree with you. I think the government should place restrictions on how late an abortion can be performed. Yes, a woman should be able to choose what occurs in her own body, but say after a certain amount of weeks, or once a heart beat is heard, the government should prohibit an abortion.

    • ClaireG_4boydbence

      TJ, in all do respect, I do not believe you are considering this from all points of view. I think you would agree with me when I say abortion is not a form of birth control. However, the question proposed by KQED was not to tell our opinions on abortion, but to state our stance on if the government and on which level should or should not ban abortion. The federal nor the state government should have the right to decide for a women whether or not she can have an abortion. There are some situations where an abortion is medically necessary, or in the case of rape, the victim may decide an abortion is best for her long term mental health. Please try to understand from all points of view why a woman may choose to have an abortion.

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      While it sounds as simple as “don’t have sex,” it isn’t. Rape and sexual abuse are causes of pregnancy and aren’t things that could’ve been avoided so easily. Not only is it not always the girl’s fault she’s pregnant, but there is also the possibility of complications. Giving birth is demanding and tolling on a woman’s body. Not all women’s bodies can support giving birth and therefore the only solution would be to have an abortion.

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      Lets get real people are going to have sex. Not every women is even physically able to give birth and it could be very unsafe the mother could die. But the government shouldn’t make the decisions of the women. The choice should be between the women and her doctor because only they know whats best. The federal governments job is to protect the women’s rights individually so to make it illegal for the women to have a safe abortion shouldn’t be allowed thats not protecting women’s rights.
      This link shows what the federal governments role is in this.

      http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/government-and-you/us-government/federal-government.html

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I completely disagree with you. If the gov’t stops abortions from happening, then they will have to resort to the back-alley abortions. It is also not you decision and it isn’t the government’s decision. It is women’s choice to have an abortion. Since 1973, women have had the legal right to decide whether or not to have an abortion yet, even today, numerous barriers threaten women’s ability to exercise this central right.. We’re working to ensure that women have access to abortion care by protecting and advancing this fundamental right.
      http://www.nwlc.org/our-issues/health-care-%2526-reproductive-rights/abortion

    • taylor shropshire

      Consensual sex may not be the problem! Girls get raped all the time and they can get pregnant and they don’t want to be stuck with a baby that will remind them of that every time they see that child! She shouldn’t be punished for something she didn’t willingly do!

      • Josh

        I see your point on the whole seeing the child and having the reminder, but it is still a human life that is being taken in many cases it is no different than killing the baby right after it come out of the whom! You can read about abortions here and what the different procedures entail. http://www.abortionfacts.com/literature/how-are-abortions-done There is such thing as adoption! Maybe the real issue isn’t abortion at all. Maybe we should be focusing on the issue of rape and trying to combat that so new unintended lives aren’t created and then killed. Here are some facts about rape published by the huffington post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/soraya-chemaly/50-facts-rape_b_2019338.html maybe we should take a look at these and solve the problem rather than allowing people a way out and killing a innocent life. Im all about solving problems and the real problem in my eyes isn’t abortion (deep down we all know it is wrong to take a life) what the real problem is, is rape!

      • Cole Wierman boydbence

        Either way, somebody is punished. The baby dies, or the girl goes through a pregnancy. It is a hard situation.

    • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

      There are many resins people want abortions i do not agree the gov should not control abortions.

    • CallieH_2BoydBence

      What about rape? Incest?

      Multitudes of conditions must be considered when deciding when to ban or allow abortion. Women are 150% more likely to commit suicide after having an abortion. But then, you could also die from having a baby. 1 in 5 women in the US are raped. 12 percent of girls in 9-12th grade have reported being sexually abused, and these are only the ones reported. Rape is grossly under-reported. Incest on the other hand, is harder to track, but is still there. While I too think it should be banned, we have to take a reasonable approach to the matter, and ‘just don’t have sex’ is not it, because there are issues of consent as well.

    • Shemar_D_2BoydBence

      Tj, people have sex, not everyone has sex just for the purpose of having a kid. That’s not why teenagers have sex, they don’t do it to have a kid. Also things like rape exist, it’s not their fault to have an abortion. Also not everyone is allowed to have an baby, some people might get sick or die from having one.

    • SpencerH_4

      alright dude, what happens when a girl is raped? and doesn’t want to give it for adoption. The government should not be able to tell the woman she can not abort the baby when it wasn’t even her intention in the first place It is her body and it is her choice.

      • Corina Salinas

        I agree with you to an extent. I believe that its wrong how they do abortions, and how they can do abortions even as late as the third trimester. also keep in mind the emotional trauma that fallows the woman after she gets an abortion. they way they do abortions is they put this small tube up in to the uterus then sucks the baby out in pieces, and keep in mind that the baby can feel everything. – now that’s in the first trimester. third trimester abortion with is also called a partial abortion is done was more gruesomely. one way is they first basically give birth to the real living baby except for the head, then sticks this sharp metal scissor like object up the baby’s neck to the brains and open and closes the scissors. and if that doesn’t kill the baby they stick that suction tube up the baby’s brain and sucks out all the insides of the head. that’s a partial abortion. a normal abortion is when they use these gribby tawng like instrument to rip off limbs of the baby until only the head is left. Then they crush the head of whats left of a baby and pulls in out in pieces…… its pretty gruesome on how abortions are done, and to know that the baby feels everything. But yet again i still feel its pro choice to an extent. if the mother of the baby can support that baby or could possibly go with adoption, i feel like that much better then putting the baby and the mother through that trauma. That woman will feel 10X better and honestly most woman that get abortions regret it 100%

        watch this and youll see it more clearly:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4SBjCNYCgI

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      Willing sex may not be the reason for being pregnant. Rape is a reason that more and more people are left to wonder if they want the child. But there is a solution to this other than just telling people to stop having sex. If we get the state government involved they will be able to control the situation by enforcing restrictions and policies about abortion. An example is an ultra-sound, this medical device is commonly found in hospitals around the U.S. It can detect how old the fetus is, if there is a heartbeat, and when your expected due date is. The state government could make this a mandatory procedure for abortions. Having these come in handy and will detect a heartbeat, the average time for a fetus to sustain a heartbeat is six weeks. The state government can make this a law that no abortions are allowed after a fetus has a heartbeat. That is one of the reasons that it is necessary to get the state government involved.

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      TJ, I disagree with you the decision of getting an abortion shouldn’t be the that of a politician. It should be that of those effected by it such as the women, husband and family.

    • Nicholas_M_Period1

      People have freedoms. You can not stop them from doing an action that is perfectly legal. Just because some do not agree with abortions doesn’t mean we should stop everyone from getting one. Furthermore, when we make it illegal people will still try to get one if they don’t want the baby. One woman will die every 7 minutes because of an illegal, unsafe abortion (http://www.womenscenter.com/abortion_stats.html). When we make it illegal there will be repercussions and we will be putting many people in danger.

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      Look, you can have an opinion but this one is beyond ignorant and idiotic. Just one word can crush your opinion: Rape. Over 85% of all abortions are done by women whom were raped, i.e. forced to have sex against their will. Learn more before saying something like that.

    • AlexW_2boydbence

      Well, they’re many things right and wrong with your statement. Let’s start with right. If the man and woman have had the sex consensually, then you are right, the woman should have the babe and accept it. Sadly, that is the only right thing with your point. Now the wrongs. First, what if the woman got raped? She did not contend to the sex, so should she have the baby anyway? Yeah. That’s all I’ll say.

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      Its not that easy, you cant just say “don’t have sex”. There are lots of situations where the women can get raped, alot of times this is the reason they get pregnant or they need and abortion. At this point there is no reason to say dont have sex, there would be no common sense.

      • Annabelle

        No it isn’t as easy as saying “don’t have sex” in certain cases, but in a lot of them it is. “In a survey by the Alan Guttmacher Institute in which abortion patients were asked why they were having an abortion, only 1 percent of the 1,900 women questioned named rape or incest. And 95 percent of those who mentioned rape or incest named other reasons as well for deciding to abort, the institute said.” ( http://www.nytimes.com/1989/10/13/us/rape-and-incest-just-1-of-all-abortions.html )
        So as for the majority of the rest of the 99% what happened to them? They couldn’t keep their legs closed, or weren’t smart enough to use protection.

        Now in a case where the mother could be harmed by caring the child, I believe that should be allowed. But only if its medically proven that the pregnancy could be harmful to the mother.

        “These health centers provide lifesaving preventive care, cancer screenings and birth control to Texan women” (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/07/us/citing-new-texas-rules-abortion-provider-is-shutting-last-clinics-in-2-regions.html?_r=0) This was said because a lot of the clinics are shutting down. I understand the life saving part and that should be the ONLY reason abortion is EVER used. They don’t have to shut down, they can continue offering their other services.
        If you don’t want your child there are plenty of families who aren’t blessed with the ability to have a child of their own and would be more than willing to adopt a child.
        Abortion is never the answer unless your life is endangered, or the babies life is endangered. ADOPTION people.. the option is always there.

    • MikeM_3boydbence

      I diagree with this. Its not always that they had sex and they didnt want the kid. A lot of the time Women have been raped and they had no choice to have that child.

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I really disagree with you. First of all I would like you to ask you what your reasoning for this is. I feel that part of my reply depends on why you want the government to stop abortion. If it’s just so that you won’t have to pay the taxes that come with it then I first want to say this. I know that times are tough, but unless you don’t want to have public libraries, public recreational centers, or free city events, then you’ll have to sit still and pay some money. And speaking of tough times, some people get pregnant and they can’t pay to raise the child or even take care of it during pregnancy, so they can’t even wait for adoption. But because your solution was just to not have sex, there are also people who get raped, and are in the same economical situation. Yet even if they weren’t raped and just accidentally got pregnant, you can’t tell someone not to have sex. If there is a couple who loves each other a lot, you nor the government can deny them their inalienable right of happiness. People may also try things like birth control, the morning after pill, or other ways of protection, but that can harm the women in other ways, overall not accomplishing what most people want to accomplish with governmental intrusion, which is less risk of health for the women. Attached is a link talking about the legality and the government’s supposed role in the matter, saying, “Abortion is a legal medical procedure… the government has no business intruding on a woman’s private and personal health…” So TJ, there is my reasoning for why the government should not be able to stop abortion and I hope you’ll learn to agree.
      Website: https://www.aclu.org/reproductive-freedom/abortion-government-penalizing-organizations-provide-care-and-referrals

    • MichelleS_3_boydbence

      TJ, I agree with the most of what you said. Most women who do have abortions were not raped. I believe that the government should choose whether women can have an abortion or not. But you have to remember that some women are raped. If they are raped then I still believe that the government should be able to stop them from getting an abortion. On the operationresue.org it says,”Less than 1% of all abortions take place because of rape..” If the women who got raped does not want her baby then they should give him/her up for adoption.

    • http://otakubosschick.tumblr.com/ JulieB_2_BenceBoyd

      tj said,
      “I think the gov’t should stop women from getting an abortion if you don’t want a kid then don’t have sex”.

      I get what your coming at but sometimes thats not the case, it might not have been the women’s choice because she was sexually assaulted. In an article I read it stated that “every 2 minutes, another American is sexually assaulted. 17.7 million women have been victims of sexual assault. These women are 3 times more likely to suffer from depression, 6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol, 26 times more likely to abuse drugs, and 4 times more likely to contemplate suicide. In 2012, 346,830 women were raped. According to medical reports, the incidence of pregnancy for one-time unprotected sexual intercourse is 5%. By applying the pregnancy rate to 346,830 female survivors, it is estimates that there were 17,342 pregnancies as a result of rape in 2012. I totally agree that the Gov. should be able to stop a women from getting an abortion because sexual assault can cause major psychological damage
      to the women.

      my source: https://www.rainn.org/statistics

    • Devon Schildge

      I disagree Tj, the government should not be involved in this decision in a person’s life. If the parent is not ready to have a child and be able to support it then they should be able to make the choice whether to have it or not. People don’t always have sex just to conceive a child which is why there are so many ways of protection to prevent it. But of course there are some cases in which mistakes are made or accidental pregnancy occurs and if they want an abortion they should be able to have one. Also even if abortion becomes illegal just as other things that are illegal people will find a way around the law and find other unsafe and illegal ways to accomplish the task.

      http://abortion.procon.org/

    • CJofGrove

      I don’t think the government, in any way, should be able to tell a woman whether or not she can or can’t have an abortion. Like the best president of all time said: “When it comes to a woman’s health, no politician should be able to decide what’s best for them.” In some cases, having a child would certainly mean the death of the mother, as it often did in times before modern medicine. While this is true, there is the other obvious reason for being pro-choice – rape victims. It’s a common argument to hear: “Abortions are not a humane option. If you didn’t want to have a kid, you shouldn’t have had sex.” Oh, good point! I totally shouldn’t have gotten raped on my way home from work last week, totally my bad. I’m a total dumbass. Not to say that all victims of rape or incest want abortion, because that is surely not the case. In fact, many rape/incest victims feel pressured by their families and co-workers to have an abortion. Really though, it mostly comes down to the adult woman being able to make the choice for herself, and not to have the choice made by the government. We’re not a nation of children, after all.

      http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/27/argentina-court-rules-14-year-old-rape-victim-can-have-abortion/

  • Breanna R

    Government shouldn’t have a right to tell us what to do BUT women shouldn’t be having sexual intercourse IF they decide to have an abortion , they are killing a human being , that child could have been a lawyer , doctor , and etc . We need lawyers , doctors , etc ! Use condoms , Birth control , there is many options but having an abortion is not right , IF YOUR NOT PLANNING ON HAVING A CHILD , DONT HAVE SEX !

    • Jacob_W_Period3

      In 2010 over 30,000 abortions happened from women who were raped. Your argument is to not have sex. Well in these cases then the victims didn’t decide to have sex but was forced upon. Yes the government should put restrictions instead of overlooking it all together but not having sex will not keep women from having aborted babies.

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      Well, ma’am, I believe that some women, don’t choose to have sex. Have you ever heard of rape? Rape is defined as “The unlawful compelling of a person through physical force or duress to have sexual intercourse.” According to Dictionary.com. So ma’am I suggest you re-think your argument. But, I do agree with you about the gov’t part. I do not think that ANYBODY should have the right to tell you about your abortion rights.

      • Luke_A_Period3

        5% of rape cases will end in conception, stop playing the rape card anytime someone says that abortion should be illegal. She clearly was referring to consensual sex between two adults.

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      Breanna,

      I agree that having intercourse and just getting an abortion as an easy way out isn’t okay, but the government shouldn’t interfere. It’s the woman’s choice to do what they want, we do live in a country where you can make your own decisions, but having a child you don’t want just because of the government? “when it comes to women’s health no politician should get to decide what’s best for you “ -Barack Obama

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      This is not what the prompt is asking.

  • fgsvbg espinola

    Well if your guys want my opinion I personal think abortion is bad, its killing innocent babies who wont get a chance to live. However that’s not the topic its about should the gov’t being able to stop abortion well I think the gov’t doesn’t have the right to stop abortions if people want to well they have the right to and who are we to tell them what’s right and wrong its their decision.

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      While it’s the person’s responsibility to keep from getting pregnant, the baby will be a part of the parents’ live. There are many different reasons this would be unfair for the baby. For example, “Many women who choose abortion don’t have the financial resources to support a child.”

      Source: http://abortion.procon.org

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      Well i have to disagree, because the government can be affected by abortions. On here: http://www.lifenews.com/2012/07/16/the-economic-effect-of-abortion-billions-and-billions-lost/ it says that with more people there will be a higher GDP. With the extra GDP we can start paying of our debt, and maybe that person we saved could find a cure to cancer.

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      I agree with you. The government can’t tell people what’s right and wrong. abortion.procon.org has a lot of helpful information.

    • Melody_M_2boydbence

      I agree. I dont think it is right to kill babies who wont get a chance to live but i don’t think the government should let people get abortion because you are still killing a baby. The olny time it seems to be ok to abort a child is when you were raped.

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you. It’s the women’s body. The decision should be made between the women, the doctor, and her family not the government. Also from procon.org ” Many women who choose abortion don’t have the financial resources to support a child.” The government does not understand the women’s situation. They do not have the right to make the decision for them.

  • A. Hall

    Yes, I think the government should be able to stop women from getting an abortion because if your woman enough to have unprotected sex knowing that there is a 50/50 chance that your going to get pregnant, then you should think before you do something. If you don’t want kids use a condom or don’t have sex at all. I just think abortions should be stop because that’s murder, your killing a human being. If you don’t want the baby put it up for adaption NOT abortion.

    • Guest

      That isn’t the only way people get pregnant. There are SO many other situations and things that can happen.

      • Luke_A_Period3

        “SO many other situations…” Name five please

        • Jacob_W_Period3

          You don’t have to take everything so literally. You know what there talking about so stop trying to win an argument that everyone loses at.

    • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

      A. Hall, I agree! The government
      should step in and stop women from getting abortions! It doesn’t just kill the
      baby it also affects the mother! The website below talks about post abortion
      depression and what it’s like to get an abortion. Almost every woman who has an
      abortion gets counseling help afterwards because it takes such a toll on her.
      The government can help save lives of the babies. It may not completely stop
      abortion but it will definitely help! 

http://www.prolife.com/abort12.html

    • Jacob_W_Period3

      Why do people keep saying don’t have sex. Ever heard of rape or sexual assault or roofies. The gov’t should not make it a law because it is the woman and families decision and who are you to say that the government should start controlling us like drones. In 2010 over 30,000 abortions were result of rape. One does not have the right to say no to something that doesn’t involve them.

      • Luke_A_Period3

        5% of rapes end in conception. Can you please stop saying rape this rape that every time someone says it should be illegal.

        • Jacob_W_Period3

          Well when you see the comments I’m responding to they keep saying if you don’t want children then don’t have sex. The don’t realize that many people who have abortions never even wanted to take part in the activity.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      I agree with you.
      Killing a baby is when the child hits the stage of conception, or when the
      babies heart beets for the first time. Not only were your points that you made
      right on target, but also women who abort are 154% more likely to commit suicide. Not
      only will the government be protecting the baby, but also they will be
      protecting the mother too by adding new laws about abortion. A small step that
      they can take is making mothers aware of what other options there are instead
      of abortion. Information from http://abortion.procon.org

    • Luke_A_Period3

      I agree. The only way to get pregnant is through sexual intercourse, if you are not ready to have a child then don’t have sex. (rape aside)

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      I agree with you in that it’s much better to put up a baby for adoption then to use abortion and surprisingly, there’s a lot of spots. A study that took place in 2002 can prove that. “Over two million couples are waiting to adopt, and only 134,000 US children were available to be adopted as of June 2002.”

      Source: http://abortion.procon.org

    • taylor_w_2nd

      A. Hall,
      although I personally agree with you, your opinion on whether abortion is right or wrong is not the prompt. We are discussing the GOVERNMENTS role, this meaning action done through a political standpoint. Now, opinions aside, the fact of the matter is that abortion is a medical decision, not a political decision. Because of this, we can not base a law off of our personal beliefs, no matter how strongly we feel on the matter.

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I disagree, I think that the government should help fund abortions. I understand that having unprotected sex is a way to get pregnant but what if someone is raped? My opinion is the government should help fund all abortions but would you be okay if the government helped fund a rape victims abortion?

    • Melody_M_2boydbence

      I agree i think the government should be able to stop women from getting an abortion but not when it wasn’t the woman’s choice not every time a woman gets pregnant it deosent mean it was her choice she could have been raped and to me that is the only reason why you should get a abortion.

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      A. Hall
      I’m going to have to disagree with you. There are situations in which a women is raped, the child has deformities, or they do not have the financial stability to raise a child. It’s not the government’s choice it’s the women’s choice. The decision should be made between the women, the doctor, and the family. For instance if your child is going to be born with a health issue, all their life they will be living in pain and sadness. No child or human being should ever go through life feeling pain and sorrow. Also what about the women. What if she wanted the child, but there is a possibility of her dying? That is not a risk I would want to take.

    • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

      I agree the are here to protect us and help us. The woman should know the risks of having a baby and the risk of getting a abortion if she is going to. the government would be a key part in deciding wether or not abortion is legal.

  • http://youtube.com/pronztv kevin R.

    No,the government should not be able to tell us what we cant and cant do Proponents, identifying themselves as pro-choice, contend that abortion is a right that should not be limited by governmental or religious authority, and which outweighs any right claimed for an embryo or fetus. They argue that pregnant women will resort to unsafe illegal abortions if there is no legal option.

    • Kyle_C_3boydbence

      I completely agree with you. Women should have the right to have an abortion or not. But whether taxpayers that are Pro-Choice or that they are Pro-Life is not right nor fair for either of them to give their tax dollars and have the money go towards helping women get an abortion who can’t afford one. Last more than 400 million tax dollars went to abortions just in the US. http://cnsnews.com/news/article/planned-parenthood-s-annual-report-got-4874m-tax-money-did-329445-abortions

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree with you Kevin R. that the government shouldn’t be able to tell what to do. In the PBS Newshour stated, “it is only the women and the doctors choice to abortion the kid or not.” Which means the goverment should have no say in what we do in our lives. Why should the goverment get involve?? The women and doctors are cable of making their choices, they don’t need someone to tell them what to do.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      I somewhat agree with you. I do believe that if
      a woman is ill and it will affect the child than they should get an abortion.
      The government should not make that the decision. It is between the doctor and
      the family. But there are reasons for where the government should put up laws against
      abortion. If a woman puts their child up for abortions they will or have had
      another abortion by 19 to 25% in 2006. If abortion were not available, women would use
      preventative measures. All this information came from http://abortion.procon.org

    • David_N_2

      I disagree with you, but I don’t think that abortion should be completely made illegal. As you may or may not know, life is an unalienable right stated in the Declaration of Independence, and abortion goes against that. Although I do agree that woman way go to drastic measures such as unsafe and illegal abortions, the option of putting the child up for adoption becomes more appealing if more restrictions are put into place. This is very unusual because if the government doesn’t have more restrictions on abortion, then it they would contradicting themselves. Abortion should only be legal if is life threatening to the mother.

    • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree and disagree. The government shouldn’t get involved with people’s lives. It is totally up to the woman and her family to decide. But if abortion were made illegal, women would be desperate and try to find illegal back alley clinics or try very risky ways to get rid of the baby.

    • Lawsonzper3boydbence

      I do agree with you. And the way that we fix this is we regulate the clinic’s. The clinic’s should be held to the same standards that other places like hospitals are held to. This makes sure that they are safe for people to go to.

    • Lukep_3boydbence

      I do agree with you kevin. They government shouldn’t be able to dictate whether or not a women can get an abortion.”Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy, not a baby. Personhood at conception is not a proven biological fact.” this coming from http://abortion.procon.org/. All the government should be doing is making sure that they regulate the process to where it is clean and done right.

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree Kevin, the decision on wether to have a baby should always be the mother and her family along with a professional with advice. It shouldn’t be the decision of a politician.

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      Kevin,

      I agree, the government should not have control
      over a woman’s medical choices or personal life. While many do not agree with abortion for their own reasons, it is a medical procedure that happens (assuming it’s in a safe and legal clinic) when a doctor and woman determine it is what’s best. As an individual in this article states, “The government cannot be the one to decide what is best for individuals” (http://www.nytimes.com/1989/11/05/nyregion/abortion-issues-debated-in-hartford.html)

      While some regulations are necessary on the state level in order to keep woman seeking an abortion informed and sure of what they are wanting to do, the government does not have the right to make personal choices for
      women.

    • emily_p_2shuttleboydbence

      Kevin,

      I completely agree with you. If the women don’t have the legal option, then they will go to the illegal unsafe option. By making abortion illegal, the government is impacting the health of the women. They just need to stay out of the whole decision itself. It is the woman’s choice, it is her body. There have been more limitations “ranging from bans on abortions at 20 weeks postfertilization to limitations on insurance coverage for abortions.” Limitations or not, the woman will do whatever she feels right for her body and her family.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      I can agree, according to many articles a person’s right out ways the rights of an embryo or fetus. I do think that we should leave it up to the states to decide what restrictions they want to put on abortion, according to this interactive map, many states have no fetus age limit, age of patient limit or anything! (http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/03/27/abortion) The state I currently live in has a 24 week restriction. Abortion is very sensitive thats why I think it should be left to the opinions and choices of the people, and women getting or not getting abortions.

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

      Kevin,

      I agree, making abortion illegal will result in women seeking the illegal abortion options. The government shouldn’t have a say in what we can and can’t do. There are circumstances in which the mother has no choice but to abort. “In 2013 alone, state legislatures enacted 70 laws restricting abortion access, ranging from bans on abortions at 20 weeks postfertilization to limitations on insurance coverage for abortions. The issue took center stage in Texas last summer, when State Senator Wendy Davis unsuccessfully attempted to block a new restrictive abortion law by staging a 13-hour filibuster.”

    • EmilyA_Per3_boydBence

      Kevin R,
      I agree with you. It is not the governments place to tell a woman she has to keep the baby and become a mother. If anything its worse to put that baby up for adoption because you dont really know if the baby is in a better home than it is with its original mother.

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      You’re completely right. If the right of being able to have an abortion is taken away women will have to resort to illegal abortions.

    • KshitijK_2BoydBence

      Kevin, I agree with you. I am pro-choice. The government shouldn’t be able to tell women what they can and can not to to their body. Abortion is wrong, but in some cases abortion would be fine, life if the baby was going to be born with multiple disorders. I am against abortion becauseI have seen cases when a woman or the couple can easily support the child, and the child has no disorders or anything, and they just don’t want the baby. I am anti-abortion but it is still the woman’s choice.

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      Kevin I disagree with you even though that the Gov`t can and can`t tell us what we can and can`t do they need to step in to at least put in some restrictions on abortion. I realize women do have their own right to their own body but they need to realize what they are doing and what consequences come with it. I dont think that abortion should be completely illegal but they need to fix and better the restrictions .

    • Ryan_R_2BoydBence

      I agree with you! Women should have the right to have an abortion or not. 1 in 5 women in the US are raped. If you do not want to have a child after being raped, then you should be able to have the right.The government has NO right to decide whats right for you. The outcome is worse than the problem.

    • ClaireG_4boydbence

      Kevin, I agree with you that the government should not be able to tell women whether or not they are able to have an abortion. In the Row vs. Wade case, the 14th amendment was modified to allow women to choose whether or not she wants to have an abortion. The Federal government needs to continue on with the amendment and pass law legalizing abortion but regulate abortion clinics under the same regulations as surgical centers. I also agree with you that pregnant women will reach out to illegal abortion options if the government bans abortion. Either way, illegal abortions will take place, however fewer will happen if abortions are legal.

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      Kevin
      I agree with you. It’s not the governments choice, it should be between the woman, the doctor, and the family. The government should have no role in abortion. In Texas there are only 5 abortion clinics.

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree partially. The government shouldn’t outlaw abortion completely, but limit it. If we outlaw it completely we WILL cause a spike in illegal abortions, lowering the safety of them. If the government regulates them it will ensure safety for the women.

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I completely agree with you. The gov’t shouldn’t be allowed to stop abortions because it isn’t the government’s right to tell someone they can or can’t have an abortion. Since 1973, women have had the legal right to decide whether or not to have an abortion yet, even today, numerous barriers threaten women’s ability to exercise this central right.. We’re working to ensure that women have access to abortion care by protecting and advancing this fundamental right.
      http://www.nwlc.org/our-issues/health-care-%2526-reproductive-rights/abortion

    • ChristianH_2boydbence

      I disagree,the government at the very least needs to be involved federally. if we allow these clinics to go unmonitored for long it will just lead more women dying, we need to have basic laws that apply to these clinics and have the states fine tune them for their areas.

      http://www.phila.gov/districtattorney/pdfs/grandjurywomensmedical.pdf

    • taylor shropshire

      I agree i mean if they make it illegal its gunna happen any way and it will be unsafe and possibly fatal! if you make it legal that people can do it safely and not get harmed.

    • Brent_L_Per1

      I agree but I am also a strong believer in regulation. The federal, not state, government should set strict hospital level health regulations that the clinics have to follow. That way the clinics have a set of guidelines to follow instead of having to look at the federal laws, then the state laws, then county laws etc.

    • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree the all the gov needs to to is make the clinics a safer place.

    • Shemar_D_2BoydBence

      Kevin I agree with you the government has no right telling you that you can’t get an abortion If the people are being told that they probably still want that abortion and they will get it. They ways they might get it will be unregulated and unsafe though and that’s not right.

    • JasminR_3BoydBence

      I agree with you very much the government should be able to stop abortion. I like a point they said in the the PBS Newshour. “it is only the women and the doctors choice to abortion the kid or not.” The government doesn’t alway know what best. The government should have restriction regarding abortion.

    • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

      I disagree the government should have a say in wether or not abortions are right. Abortion is not a small deal it is a big deal and the government should help make the discussions that are to be made. during a abortion you the mother is putting her life on the line and the baby’s life

    • SpencerH_4

      I agree with this if there are no legal ways to get an abortion then women will result to illegal options and possibly die and then the government wouldn’t make money.

    • MikeM_3boydbence

      I agree with this. If they make it illegal they will have an abortion that will be unsafe for the women because the tools they need could get very dirty and can spread bacteria which might result in a bad staff infection.

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      I %100 agree with you, the women who want to have abortions should be able to have them. There should be no restrictions on what we can and cant do. Its the woman’s body not the governments. Every women should have the own right to her own body.

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      I agree with you completely, as if abortion were to be limited, many more people would suffer otherwise. People like Kermit Gosnell will become rich, as Back Ally Abortion Clinics, whilst women are driven to despair by desperation. This is a truly horrible thing and I hope that they stop trying to limit abortion.

    • MichelleS_3_boydbence

      Kevin, I disagree with you. The government should choose for a women not to get an abortion. I do not believe in abortion. Most women choose to make bad decisions and have sex without being ready to have a baby. They should have known before having sex.

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree with you, although the way you phrased your statement made it a bit hard to understand. I do believe that the government does not have the right over a woman’s body and her unborn child. Depending on the amount of time after conception, a woman should be allowed to decide whether or not she is able and willing to raise or even give birth to the child. For example, if the woman has a history of medical problems, she then goes with the man she loves, and does not deny herself the right to love him in her own way, then she should be able to have an abortion. But I feel that the government should be able to set limits on things such as the amount of times within a certain period of time that you’re allowed to get an abortion, the amount of time after conception, etc. But overall, the government isn’t allowed to go against their Constitution, which is the very rulebook that sets the standard for the government saying that everyone has the inalienable right to the “…pursuit of happiness…”

    • http://otakubosschick.tumblr.com/ JulieB_2_BenceBoyd

      Kevin R. said, “No, the government should not be able to tell us what we can and cant do Proponents, identifying themselves as pro-choice, contend that abortion is a right that should not be limited by governmental or religious authority, and which outweighs any right claimed for an embryo or fetus”.

      your saying that the right to an abortion outweighs any right claimed for a fetus, in the bill of rights it states that “A living person has the right to be protected under the law by the Government” and that includes a fetus/embryo because at the moment of conception it is considered a human being. The latin word for fetus means little person. As Horton said from Horton hears a who, “A person is a person no matter the size”. A fetus is not just a clump of cells, it is a clump of human cells, not bear cells or not cat cells but human cells is it not? Our Founding Fathers intentions was an unalienable right to life, by saying that our rights outweigh the claim for a human fetus is going against what our fore fathers would have wanted.

    • Elyssa Bolinger

      Kevin, i partially disagree with you because yes i think women should have the right to do whatever they would like with their child but i do believe that once a heartbeat is present you should not be able to get an abortion. i believe that a beating heart that is stopped is murder. In the video it says that north Dakota once they find a heartbeat they do not allow abortion. i agree 100% i cant even imagine being pregnant, going to get an abortion, but listening to my baby’s heartbeat first. i just couldn’t do it and i strongly believe that anybody who is OK with taking a heartbeat away from their baby is sick and should be ashamed of themselves http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/10-reasons-not-to-have-an-abortion – In this website is list reasons why you shouldn’t have an abortion and alot of them make sense especially the one where is says you are avoiding responsibility. i understand that women get sexually abused but realistically how did they get themselves in that situation? bottom line is don’t avoid your responsibility by killing a living human.

  • Trong Y.

    I don’t think that the government have the right to stop women from getting an abortion. Every woman have a reason for getting one. Their reason can be good or bad, but the government does not have the right to stop them. Getting an abortion is a choice, if the government takes that away, it’s like they’re taking their rights from them. I understand that the government might want to stop it because women are just getting abortions because they don’t want to raise the baby or because it was an “accident” getting pregnant, but it’s their choice. They might grow up to regret it, but it was their choice.

    • madisono-2boydbence

      You made a good point when you said, “Getting an abortion is a choice, if the government takes that away, it’s like they’re taking their rights from them.” I agree with that but, I feel that the government should have some regulations and restrictions. After a certain point the government should put limitations on who can get an abortion and why; only making exceptions if the life of the mother/fetus is endangered. Because this topic is controversial and people may believe the polar opposites, it may be difficult to come to a conclusion and even we compromise not everyone is going to be satisfied.

      This link is to a balancedpolitics.org article concerning abortion.
      http://www.balancedpolitics.org/abortion.htm

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree with you Tony Y. that the goverment doesn’t have the right to stop women from getting an abortion. In the Declaration of Independence it states that, “all men are created equal.” Which means that all people have the same rights. Regardless of sex, religion, or race. If the goverment does choose the choice of abortion or no abortion, then you are going against the Declaration of Independence. Because you taken away the women’s rights.

    • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

      Trong, if the government doesn’t step in, then we are paying taxes that may fund someone else’s abortion. In the PBS News hour video Ilyse Hogue talks about wanting everyone to pay taxes so that people who want to get an abortion can even if they can’t fund it themselves. I wouldn’t want to pay for someone else’s abortion no matter what side I am on! Aborting a baby is murder and that’s a law in government so it should be ideal for them to stop women from aborting (or killing) their unborn baby! This website talks about the processes of abortion and what the baby looks like at each stage.
      http://prolifeacrossamerica.org/baby-developmental-facts/

      • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

        I think you forgot about the Whole ” Were not discussing if it’s right or wrong” part of the assignment.

        • Luke_A_Period3

          I dont see where mary beth called it right or wrong. Could you show me where she said it was wrong? All she just said is that it is murder. From the moment of conception that child does everything that it is required to do in order to be classified as living. Look up the definition of living in the encyclopedia Britannica, and compare. So to say that it is not living is false, because scientifically, the child does everything it has to do to be called living.

    • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

      I agree with what your saying here. While I personally(if a was a women) would not get an abortion unless it threatened my life, it is not our place or the government place to decide if the women has the right to get an abortion.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      When I hear you say that it is a women’s choice it reminds me of slavery in the 1800′s when the idea of popular sovereignty was created. Popular Sovereignty said that the states had the right to chose is slavery was legal or not in their state. This idea was created because people believed if the federal government decided on slavery, then it would take away the “rights of the states”

    • alexm_3boydbence

      I see the point you make Trong, but you also have to think about the health of the women. The pbs up above stated that abortion clinics are dirtier than vet clinics. Also they stated that 2 women died already from one abortion clinic. I know in the ends it’s the woman’s decision, but I feel the government should have a say in this.

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      I agree with you when you say that getting an abortion is the women’s choice, but I can however say that it is a decision that is not made lightly. In the PBS News-Hour, it talks about women’s health and wellbeing during/after an abortion. It is important for the women to know her body, and to talk to their doctors about what is the best option is for them. Its a spot for the women, her family and her doctor. Not the government!

    • taylor_w_2nd

      Trong,
      I agree completely. Actually, I couldn’t agree more. For this matter we have to set our opinions and beliefs aside and focus on the bigger picture. The law is a regulation for all people, meaning that all circumstances will be treated equal, weather it be an accident, or rape. We can not put a law in place that takes away the rights of women. In actuality, people make choices and decisions I don’t agree with quite regularly, but that doesn’t mean we set a law in place to stop each thing. Abortion is a women’s choice that effects her life and her body, therefore it is HER choice, no one else’s.

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      Exactly! The choice of a person should not be muddled with not by anyone but the person who chooses to do so. You cannot take the blood away from a dead body without the consent and choice of the person and taking away that right to a living person is giving them less rights than a dead body.

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree that woman have a reason for getting an abortion, its their bodies they can do what they want. The question I have for you is would you be okay with the government funding for abortions? http://www.fundabortionnow.org/get-help/FAQ Here is a link if you wanted to check it out. I think that the government should help fund abortions but they shouldn’t tell a woman she can’t get an abortion.

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree, its a “fundamental right” recognized by the US Supreme Court. The landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade was decided on Jan. 22, 1973, and remains the law of the land. Women should have the right to make their own choices involving their bodies and the government shouldn’t be involved with that persons decisions.
      This website shows you the pro’s and co’s on legal abortion. http://abortion.procon.org/

    • JTM_3boydbence

      This is so wrong why would you murder living human. When you have sex there are consequences and that means a baby. Abortion should not be get out of parenting free card. So yes the government should be able to ban abortion.

      • Trong Y.

        I also said they have their reasons. Who knows, they might have been raped. Would you want to raise a child until he/she is old enough and tell them you were raped? Anyone would be heartbroken if they found out their mom was raped and had no choice but to keep you because the government said so.

  • A.Vega

    I think the government shouldn’t ban abortion.They have already put restriction on it and it hasn’t appeased the activist.But I personally think they shouldn’t have anything to do with it.Its there decision wither they you’d want to have a child that they might not have had a say in.

    • madisono-2boydbence

      I believe the government shouldn’t ban abortion but, they also shouldn’t have anything to do with it. The government should regulate abortions and add restrictions but not where they are overbearing. For instance, with late-term abortions. At a certain point, you should not be allowed to get an abortion, for many reasons. And right now in the United States, you can get an abortions throughout all 9 months of pregnancy, for any reason. That being said, abortions are decisions that should be made by a woman, her family, and doctors; not the rest of the country/government. Everyone has their beliefs, and the governments’ stands are not going to change them.

      I have attached a photo of a chart. This chart shows different people’s stands on abortion.

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      Well, I think that abortions should be limited by the government because we want to make sure people know what they are going to do. Life is a one time opportunity you just don’t live twice. Plus that person could become someone who could have changed the world. What if Steve Jobs was “terminated”? The world would be so different. If you don’t know Steve was an unwanted child he was adopted and raised by a different family. By putting laws and regulations for abortions we can avoid deaths, and maybe we can save another talented person from doom.

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      I agree, the government shouldn’t ban abortion. The decision is best made by women, their families and their doctors. The government also shouldn’t put any restrictions on it unless it protects the woman going through the abortion procedure. The video says “70% of Americans believe that these are decisions that are best made by women, their families, and their doctors.”

    • KayleeH_3BoydBence

      I agree that the government shouldn’t ban abortion and if they did the protesting would be insane. The government shouldn’t leave it alone either. If the government left it completely alone health codes might not be met. Inspections of hospitals need to be made regularly. The government would be the one to control that. Woman have a right over their body and that includes their uterus. If they don’t want a baby inhabiting it then they should be able to have a safe abortion to get it taken care of. The government shouldn’t take that right away. The government it good for somethings and when it comes to keeping abortions safe it should excel.

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      I agree with you. The government should not but in on opinions that should be made by the women and their doctors! The doctors and their patients will do whatever is needed so that the women can be safe. “The decision weather or not to have an abortion is one to be made by the women and the doctors treating her” this was one of the points made in the PBS News-Hour on this topic. But it does in fact support it all wonderfully! The government shouldn’t ban abortions, or put laws in place to make them more difficult to get then they need to be.

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      I agree with the fact that governments should have no decision with it. The health of the people is not up to the senators. However, since the government can actually be useful for legitimate regulations and procedure standards, I say that the government only put their hands on it to ensure a safe medical procedure.

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      A. Vega,

      I agree with you. It is the individuals body, not the government’s, so why
      does the government get a say in what happens to it? The government does not have the right to take away an option that might be what’s best for both the
      unborn child and the woman. Making abortion illegal would only drive people who are desperate to “back alley” options like Kermit Gosnell. This
      source states,” “Back alley” abortions would increase if it were
      made illegal, leading to increased risk of young women dying or becoming sterile.” http://www.balancedpolitics.org/abortion.htm
      In order to provide healthy options to women in America, abortion needs to be legal with regulations decided by each state to keep the practice safe.

    • IsabellaV_3boydbence

      A.Vega,
      I agree with you that the government shouldn’t ban abortion, but they should put restrictions on it. They should have restrictions because it’s harsh to have an abortion to have at 8 months. The United States have an abortion policy that a woman can have an abortion throughout all 9 months. We should also have restrictions so they can regulate and and help abortion clinics meet up to the same standards as other medical facilities. According to Charmaine Yoest in the PBS Newshour, vet clinics are cleaner than abortion clinics and we need to fix that problem to have a safer environment for the women.

    • JTM_3boydbence

      I disagree with you I think that the government should be able to ban abortion as long as it is the state government making the choices.

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      I agree, many women have their reasons to do this and many of them are very serious reasons.

    • JasminR_3BoydBence

      I don’t completely agree with you. I agree that the government should not take away the option of abortion, but I also think the government should have restriction. the government should fund some abortion, but this should be decided by state like in Taxes they fund in case of life endangerment , rape and incest. While california funds all or most medical abortion.

  • A. Hall

    C.
    yes, I think the government should have the right to stop women from getting abortions. The government should be able to stop them because the women or girl should have enough sense to know if your not going to use protection there is enough possibility that you will get pregnant. They should also have the right because they are killing a living thing even though the its not considered a child or living thing until it takes its first breath. But that still doesn’t give them the right to kill or abort the child because of there mistakes.

    • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

      But through a lot of the pregnancy the fetus can not even feel pain, and is not considered alive. Plus what if the parents knew that the child had some life threatening disease that would simply make the child’s life painful before they died at a young age. The government should be able to decide wether or not that is a legitimate reason for an abortion, or if any reason is. this should be up to the choice of the women’s life this will affect, not a third party trying to get re elected.

      • Luke_A_Period3

        At 6 weeks of pregnancy the child has brain waves. And yes they can feel pain because they have a nervous system and a Brain. And incase you were wondering. Yes, the child does respond to external stimuli as early as 6 weeks.

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      i do agree with you the government should stop it, it should be the woman’s choice too have an abortion or not, maybe have like a week restriction maybe after 3 weeks of pregnancy not have a baby.

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      People should have the sense to use contraception, of course, but only if they’ve been taught that sense and contraception is readily available. Think Progress says that 37 states require abstinence sex education, but a study from Columbia University says “adolescents who received comprehensive sex education had a lower risk of pregnancy than adolescents who received abstinence-only or no sex education.” If we want heavier restrictions, or even the complete illegalization of abortion, we need to reform our sex education, not to mention change our constitution–the Due Process clause in our 14th amendment gives us personal autonomy and the right to do as we wish with our bodies.

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      Why should the government get a say in a decision that should be made by a women and her doctors? And actually, a fetus is considered alive from the moment they are conceived. So the government should really but out and not get involved!

    • taylor_w_2nd

      A. Hall,
      In 2010 over 30,000 abortions were result of rape. You are categorizing a big topic into a very small frame and also letting your opinions overthrow your argument. Politically, we can not take away the right of choice from women. In the bigger picture, it doesn’t matter what you think about abortion, whether it be right or wrong. Abortion is a life changing choice made by the one living that life.

    • David_N_2

      I agree with you, but your post is rather opinion based. Allow me to add on to your post. Abortion is killing a human being. That child is a human being at the moment of conception not when the mother gives birth. Also, as I have said many, many times, life is an unalienable right and abortion goes against that right. Furthermore, abortion actually increases more deaths than just the children being aborted. The Southern Medical Journal studies show that woman who aborted were more likely to commit suicide. Why shouldn’t the government ban abortion with all these reasons? Of course woman may decide to go with illegal and unsafe abortions after it has been banned, but then more woman will put their children up for adoption if it’s banned. In 2002, more than 2 million Americans were waiting to adopt, but only 134,000 children were adoptable. Whether that number has gone up or down, there are couples who want a child while others want to rid one. Why not pass on the child to those who actually want one? There are more than enough reasons to ban abortion whether morally or politically!

    • ChristianH_2boydbence

      “Motherhood must never be a punishment for having sexual intercourse.
      President Barack Obama said during a Mar. 29, 2008 campaign speech in
      Johnston, Pennsylvania, “I have two daughters… I’m going to teach them
      first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don’t want
      them punished with a baby.” The anti-abortion position is usually based on religious beliefs and threatens the vital separation of church and state. Religious ideology should not be a foundation for law in the United States” We are asking the question should the government be involved? I do agree that they should be involved but they shouldn’t have the right to stop it. The government needs to enforce restrictions and laws that ensure the safety of the it’s people because that is why the government exists. The government exists to protect and uphold not restrict and destroy.

    • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

      I agree with you they should be able to choose to stop or to accept abortions.and i agree they should know the risks/cost of having a baby and/or having a abortion.

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      I agree with you the gov`t should have the right to stop women from getting abortions. Yes the women need to be smart in the decision they make but not only that they need to realize what consequences they are getting themselves into . That abortion isn’t always the right path to take.

    • JasminR_3BoydBence

      I don’t agree with you. “when it comes to a woman’s health no politician should be able to decided what best for you” – Barack Obama. The government should restrict by state the last point an abortion can be performed. Like in Texas the last point is 20 weeks, and Mississippi there is no time restriction.

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      So you think that the woman should go threw with the pregnancy as punishment? also I’d like to add that the federal government is supposed to be protecting the rights of women,thats what they should be doing. The government has been really pushing the limit and are already controlling enough .For example Under federal law, no funds made available to the Department of Defense (DoD) may be used for abortion, except when a woman’s life is in danger. Federal law also states that women in the military (and military dependents) cannot receive abortion services at Department of Defense medical facilities (including military facilities overseas) – even if the procedure is entirely paid for with a woman’s own funds. The only exceptions to this restriction are if the life of the woman would be endangered if the pregnancy were carried to term, or if the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest.
      We women should have control of our own bodies not the government.

      Here is my source http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/government-and-you/us-government/federal-government.html?templateName=template-161602701&issueID=33&ssumID=2947

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I agree with you! The government shouldn’t let people do such an inhumane thing to not only someone else but themselves. Abortion isn’t the only option to get rid of a baby, there is adoption. Although the only problem is that women are going to resort to illegal abortions which can be more risky and unhealthy.

  • Chue V.

    I don’t think the government will be able to stop women abortion, I believe everyone have a reason for doing it. And if the government do have the right, it won’t help because when it happen it just happen.

    • Kyle_C_3boydbence

      I completely agree with you but do you think taxpayers money should go to that? I know I don’t, we could be using all the 400 million every year for something better. I think women should have a choice in what they’re doing. (http://cnsnews.com/news/article/planned-parenthood-s-annual-report-got-4874m-tax-money-did-329445-abortions) Even our president is Pro- Choice because he feels its righton this issue. (http://2012.presidential-candidates.org/Obama/Abortion.php)

    • madisono-2boydbence

      Chue,
      I agree that the government will not be able to stop abortions once and for all. It would be very difficult for the government to fully control everybody’s choices on the topic of abortion.
      But, I do believe that the government should strengthen some of the laws regarding abortion. In many countries, you can not have an abortion after a certain amount of time; that’s how it should be here as well. The US should not allow people to have abortions throughout the entire pregnancy but, the should not control whether the person has an abortion or not. Because, in the end, it’s not their decision.

      • madisono-2boydbence

        In addition to my previous reply,
        “But more than half of all respondents favored imposing some limits on abortion.” this was stated in the introduction. I would side with this group of people. I am not for full government control for many reasons. One reason being that the US is a democratic republic so, if the government was fully controlling that portions of someone’s life the that would be going against what the country stands for.

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree with you Chue V. that the goverment will not be able to stop women from abortion. In the PBS Newshour they ,”the government can’t control our choices.” Also it would be very difficult for the government to have full control over everyone’s choices on the topic of abortion. Even if the goverment tried, there no way they could get everyone on the same page about abortion.

    • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

      I totally agree with you. Not all abortions are caused from the un-wanting of a baby, it’s something that not everyone can understand, like that government. From 1973 there have been over 55 million abortions, which are not all caused by purposeful sex. In other words this is known as rape. If the government were to choose whether or not is is legal to have abortion, then there may be more caused troubles than help. A child is worth tons of effort and money which not all families can provide.

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      I agree. The government shouldn’t be allowed or able to stop abortion or put any restrictions on it unless it protects the woman undergoing the procedure. It’s not like the government can stop it anyway because texans that can’t afford to travel so far to get an abortion or can’t pay all the money required just go to Mexico instead to take a drug that vetoes the pregnancy. The choice belongs to women and their families. The video says “70% of Americans believe that these are decisions that are best made by women, their families, and their doctors.”

    • Lawsonzper3boydbence

      I do not agree with the idea of them not being able to stop women abortion. Now after saying that I feel like the women should have the choice wether they want to. But to keep it safe they need to make sure that the clinic’s are help to the same standards as hospitals. We already have see what happens when its to hard for them to get it and they turn to unsafe option’s.

    • ESigler-2boydbence

      Chue, I agree with you.
      Getting pregnant isn’t always a pleasant surprise. Sometimes having sex isn’t always a choice. The picture below is a chart showing the amount of rape in the U.S.
      The government shouldn’t tell a girl how she is allowed to treat her body. It’s her body she can do what she wants to it. It doesn’t effect everyone else so why does it matter? What difference does it make to you?
      The government should, however, make sure that the abortion clinics are sanitized, and is a healthy environment.

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      I agree with you, now after saying that I feel like the women should have the choice wether they want to. It is not the government that can control what you want to do with the baby. It should be your choice.

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree Chue, the government shouldn’t be allowed to control the decision of the people that will be effected by it. The decision should be made by the Mother and family not a politician.

    • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you, not every woman wants a child and there are some cases for certain woman in where they are just not able to have a baby and raise him or her. Also even if the government made abortion illegal and closed all abortion clinics, girls would still be able to find a way to get that abortion. What I also believe is that they should make abortions more accessible in approved clinics so that woman don’t have them out in the streets.

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      I agree. The government will not be able to stop it from happening or at least, keep everyone from doing it. This will make things even more dangerous. “Back-alley abortions cause 68,000 maternal deaths each year in the 33 countries where abortion is not legal or available, according to the World Health Organization in Oct. 2006. ”

      Source: http://abortion.procon.org

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      Chue,

      I agree with you, the government can’t make a
      decision that is meant for a woman and her doctor. This article talks about the
      governments role in our nation and what they are to provide or to restrict.
      http://freedomoutpost.com/2012/11/what-is-not-the-job-of-the-us-government/ one section states, “Is not a health care
      adviser”. While the article goes on to talk about it in mostly terms of what’s
      healthy to eat, what immunizations to get, etc., what we can take from that is
      if the government is not supposed to make those medical decisions for
      individuals, then they aren’t in a place to make a law against abortion. Like
      you said everyone has a reason, while some are more justifiable than others, it’s not the governments call to make. This doesn’t mean that the states shouldn’t be allowed to regulate the industry and make sure its is being practiced in a safe and healthy way like with any other medical procedure.

    • EmilyA_Per3_boydBence

      Chue’
      I agree, the government should leave this choice to the mother. It is considered a basic right if the mothers choose they aren’t ready for the baby.

      Would you rather have a child that she couldnt take care of that is suffering or an abortion?

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      I agree, if a women is not given the chance to have an abortion they will find another way of doing it, which will most likely cause them harm. The government needs to stop putting their religious feelings into it, because women can cause themselves harm if legal abortion isn’t a choice anymore.

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      Chue,
      I understand what you mean, but there has to be a limit. I think only a small percentage of people have a legitimate reason why they should get an abortion. I think the government needs to limit abortions and provide concealing and have a limit on the how far into pregnancy you can get an abortion.

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree that government shouldn’t be able to stop women from getting an abortion. However, I do think that having some restrictions would be a good idea. For example “34 states require that women receive counseling before an abortion is performed” ( found on http://www.motherjones.com/files/spib_mwpa.pdf ) By doing this it would cause the woman to really think about what she is doing so she can make the right choice for her and her life. She would still be able to get an abortion, as long as she is still comfortable with what she is doing. This could potentially lower the suicide rates among women that have had an abortion.

    • Tosterhout_period2_boyd_bence

      Abortions are wrong and against human rights not only kill babies they harm the women reproductive organs and cause more miscarriages in later years but then so yes i think that the government should be able to tell women not to have an abortion

    • IsabellaV_3boydbence

      Chue,
      I agree with you that the government should not be able to stop a woman from getting an abortion. It is a fundamental right for women to chose whether they want an abortion or not. Also fetuses are incapable of feeling pain when an abortion is performed. Both of these facts are from http://abortion.procon.org/#pro_con

    • Brent_L_Per1

      If the government did stop women from getting an abortion many women would have to resort to back alley, sketchy abortions that put the woman in danger. I definitely agree that if a woman badly wants an abortion they’ll get one legal or not.

    • ChristineP_4BoydBence

      I agree, but the abortion clinics should not have ridiculous regulations just so the government can shut them down. They should be just like hospital regulations but should not rely on the hallway width or how many parking spaces they have available.

      • Jeremy H.

        I agree with you Christine, many people will resort to illegal abortions if they are made illegal. Even if they do keep the baby things will most likely never work out for them. Most teens or really young adults that have babies end up getting married. When this happens their marriages never tend to last with almost 90% ending up in divorce within six years. This creates a rough life for the child having to deal with being ridiculed by their parents for messing up their younger years. Adoption may be a viable option to avoid abortion, but that really doesn’t work well. People tend to adopt babies but not everyone gets adopted and ends up sitting in foster care which in most cases is horrible. So almost every time there is an unplanned pregnancy at a young age, the child will be treated unfairly abortion or no abortion.

        http://www.pregnancyoutreach.org/articles/marriage

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      I agree with you, woman have the right to do this and people who are behind desks everyday should not be able to decide what they do.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      I Disagree with you the government should have a say in it.
      They shouldn’t make it illegal but they shouldn’t just let it happen.
      Most abortions that happen aren’t safe to the women that have it .
      Women have died because of Abortion.”(http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/gpr/10/1/gpr100112.html)
      The government should set guidelines to protect the women and make sure where there having there abortion is clean safe and provides mental help because it’s a huge decision the mother should get to make

    • AlexW_2boydbence

      I agree, there will always be that illegal “doctor” that will break the law just to get a quick buck.

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      If the federal government takes over the situation, it is likely that the will be overwhelmed by the situation. They will be forcing states to create laws that majority of their citizens don’t want. Now if the state government calls the shots, it will be easier for each state to manage the laws. A good policy for the state government to enforce is to be checked by an ultra-sound. This medical device will tell you’re your due date, how big your fetus is, and how old the fetus is. These devices commonly located in hospitals all over the U.S. This will help women furthermore understand what the fetus is like or will be. The reason this is important is because the average time for a fetus to develop a heartbeat is six weeks. This should be another restriction that the state government should enforce. You may not be permitted for an abortion if your fetus is older than six weeks, plus having documentation from the hospital telling the clinic how old your fetus is. Plus this can be enforced easier and monitored better by the state government rather than the federal government. And if the state wishes not to adopt the law, they don’t have to. This is why the state government should create policies and restrictions about abortions.

      This link below shows statistics regarding abortion;

      http://www.abort73.com/abortion_facts/us_abortion_statistics/

  • Tanya

    Yes, I think that the government should stop abortion. Abortion is when you kill somebody before they have a chance to defend themselves. Abortion is very close to murder. If people didn’t take action to be safe, then they should have to deal with their actions and consequences. If a person is unable to raise a child, they need to put him/her up for adoption, there are several people who want a child but can’t have one. Of course, this puts more children in the governments care, so I can see how they would want people to be able to get abortions.

    • Lukep_3boydbence

      You make a good point Tanya, but in the end it is the woman’s choice. The women can chose whether or not to get an abortion.”

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      I disagree with you. The government shouldn’t have a say in what we can and can’t do. The government is to serve the people, not tell them what to do. The choice belongs to women and their families. It doesn’t belong to the majority of the people or the government itself. The government shouldn’t be allowed to limit abortions regarding how long a woman’s been pregnant. They also should not make any other limitations unless it protects the woman that is getting an abortion during the process. The article says “[We] strongly and unequivocally support Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion”

    • Lawsonzper3boydbence

      I do not agree with you. I feel that government should regulate it and make it safe, but the idea of banning it in complete has shown bad results. It is safest for everyone if we make it regulated and safe.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      Tanya,

      I agree with you, but the
      question was what could the government do to stop abortion. The government cant
      do anything within what you explained. One option that the government could
      take control over is that most abortion centers are not up to health code. Also
      many of these centers are uncertified. In the cases of Kermit Gosnell there were many
      children that got aborted due to uncertified clinics. The government can make
      sure that all clinics are up to code and certified. If they are not certified
      or up to health code, then they can close them. This will help reduce the number
      of abortions and keep women healthy that do decide to get an abortion. This
      information came from http://abortion.procon.org
      and the PBS news hour.

    • Ryan_R_2BoydBence

      Tanya, I disagree with you. The government shouldn’t have a say in what we can and can’t do. Abortion is murder? Let’s take this into consideration… Timothy McCoy, John Butkovitch Darrell Sampson, Randall Reffett, Samuel Stapleton, Michael Bonnin, William Carroll, Rick Johnston, Kenneth Parker, William Bundy, Gregory Godzik, John Szyc, Jon Prestidge, Matthew Bowman, Robert Gilroy, John Mowery, Russell Nelson, Robert Winch, Tommy Boling, David Talsma, William Kindred, Timothy O’Rourk, Frank Landingin, James Mazzara, and Robert Piest. All the victims who died at the hands of John Wayne Gacy, a murderer. John wayne gacy would take these boys, kill them, and then bury them in his basement to rot. He was sentenced to the electric chair May 10th, 1994. He was a murderer. And apparently so is an abortion doctor, right? So I guess they deserve the same punishment, correct? No? Well, thats exactly what you are implying. 1 in 5 women in the US are raped. If you do not want to have a child after being raped, then you should be able to have the right. “put him/her up for adoption” Really? Let a rapists’ offspring off into the world? Without knowing their real mother and rapist father? growing up in an orphanage? What a great idea! The government has NO right to decide whats right for you. The outcome is worse than the problem.

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      Tanya,

      I disagree with you. It is a women’s choice, and raising a child should not be a consequence. And in order for a woman to put a child up for adoption, she must go through child birth. Abortions are safer. abortion.procon.org states- “The risk of a woman’s death from abortion is less than one in 100,000, whereas the risk of a woman dying from giving birth is 13.3 deaths per 100,000 pregnancies.”. The government shouldn’t stop abortion, it is up to the woman to choose their morals as to whether abortion is a good or bad decision.

    • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

      I disagree with you when you say that government should stop abortion because they can’t decide what a woman does to her body, that is just not right, what I do agree in is when you say that if a person is unable to raise a child they should put them for adoption but there are some situations win where that can’t happen because the people don’t have the money to pay for the surgery to get the fetus out. Or some just don’t have the resources to put the child up for adoption.

    • ChristineP_4BoydBence

      I disagree with you. Of course we have the rape argument but think about this real life situation our family friend went through…my family friend has a daughter in her early 20′s with SEVERAL mental and physical health issues. Doctors have warned her not to get pregnant because the baby would’t be able to survive on it’s own. She got pregnant and as soon as she find out (early in the pregnancy) she wanted to abort. She knew the baby would have a miserable life but because of her mental incapabilities she was denied access because “she couldn’t make medical decisions on her own”. The baby boy was born a few weeks ago and is now in the hospital after he stopped breathing in his sleep because he has very little lung function. Because the mother was denied access to abortion the baby who’s life has now started is dying. Therefore, I disagree with you.

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      Despite that I disagree with your statement that abortion is “when you kill somebody”, you then say it’s “very close to murder.” Killing someone is murder. Either abortion is murder, or it isn’t. Adoption isn’t always the best option, however. Not only expensive, childrensrights.org says that “Nearly half of all children in foster care have chronic medical problems, about half of children under five years old in foster care have developmental delays, and up to 80 percent of all children in foster care have serious emotional problems.” If enough people wanted to adopt that it’d be a viable alternative to abortion, foster care wouldn’t exist. Additionally, carrying a baby to costs anywhere form $6000-$8000, according to whattoexpect.com, and that’s without complications. A child should never be a consequence, besides.

    • alexm_3boydbence

      You make a good point Tanya, their is a bunch of women who are not able to have babies and they turn to adoption for a second choice, if all the women start getting abortions their wont be kids to adopt, and also abortion clinics are dirtier than vet clinics.

    • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

      I agree with the fact that abortion should be controlled by the government, but only in certain circumstances. If there is sexual abuse or rape going on and the girl gets pregnant then she should have the choice to get an abortion. Other than that abortion should be outlawed.

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      Tanya I disagree with you, the government shouldn’t make decisions for the people that the baby will effect. It should be the decision of the parents and family not a politician.

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      Abortion is a choice. Some people take that choice because they cannot handle raising a child which can cost over $200,000 dollars. Some people take that choice because raising a child is inconvenient and they want to aspire to do greater things with their life than regret a child they will take as a burden. The government should not stop abortion, they should stop the dangers of harming your body from taking desperate measures if abortion is not accessible.

    • emily_p_2shuttleboydbence

      Tanya,

      I see what you are saying and you make a good point. Although I do not completely agree with you. The baby could affect the woman’s health. Some women are not able to be the carrier for a baby, it could make them really sick or possibly cause them to die. Of course, that is not the babies fault, but the government should not be allowed to tell her that she has to suffer because she can’t have an abortion. “In 2013 alone, state legislatures enacted 70 laws restricting abortion access..” This is not something they should be allowed to do. They should not be allowed to tell the woman she can’t have an abortion when she may not be physically able to carry the baby.

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      I agree with you because according to: http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/ Women have cited “social reasons,” not mother’s health or rape/incest, as their motivation in approximately 93% of all abortions. This means instead of abortions there would be a lot of people for adoption. If you didn’t know, Steve Jobs was adopted and aren’t we glad he wasn’t “terminated” before being born.

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      Tanya, it sounds like you are basing your answer on your personal belief that abortion is wrong. Well, our laws are made from what the majority of the voters believe, and in the US 70% of us believe that abortion should be legal. When you say if a person is unable to raise a child they should put him or her up for adoption, do you realize that if this is a much harder decision and process than having an abortion? So many poor women just have the baby and it does go on welfare.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      I don’t 100% agree with you, but you made some decent points. I can’t say that the government should completely stop abortion, but they should limit it. You said that abortion is almost murder, but scientifically speaking, a fetus less than about 24 weeks old, cannot feel pain and isn’t even conscious. That is according to the “Pro-Con” resource. Also, with all these babies going to abortions the supply of babies will be too much for the amount of people needing or wanting them. (http://www.ccainstitute.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=25&Itemid=43)According to this article there are 400,540 kids in orphanages, less than 40% get adopted. This will raise taxes to take care of all theses state orphans! So, having the government completely stop abortion isn’t too great of an idea.

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

      Tanya,

      I agree,
      abortion is considered murder and I am against abortion. Still, I disagree with
      the fact that the government should stop abortion. Some pregnant women have to abort, because it is their only option. Making abortion illegal will only lead to women getting the illegal abortions, and those are not at all safe and could affect their lives in the future.

    • EmilyA_Per3_boydBence

      Tanya,
      If the baby is younger than 20 weeks the baby cannot feel the abortion, let alone know if it will die. At 19 week the baby could fit in the palm of your hand with your finger curled around it. Its perfectly safe.

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      Tanya, I agree with you. The government should stop abortion, especially after a certain amount of time. If a woman is unable to care for her child, the adoption is always an option. Also, abortion causes many woman to go into depression, and even commit suicide. “93 percent of women who have an abortion regret doing so.” – Pro.Con.com

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      Tanya,
      I completely agree with you. Adoption is going to be the better option all around. There’s a lot of controversy however about when a person is a person. Because of this controversy, I think the government need to offer free counseling so everyone getting an abortion can understand everything about it. ⅓ of women regret having an abortion, so at least ⅓ of these babies could’ve still been born, but they never had a chance at life. Even if this third of babies ended up for adoption, that has to be better than killing them straight away.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      I completely agree with you! Abortions are inhumane and against human rights. Abortions not only kill babies they harm the woman too! When a woman has an abortion it can cause physical and mental damage. When a woman has an abortion there is a more likely chance of the woman getting future miscarriages and a higher risk of breast cancer. Also, “a woman is 154% more likely to commit suicide after having an abortion.” (Procon.org) Having an abortion takes a huge toll on the woman and the people in her life. Abortions should be stopped by the government in order to protect the woman and her baby

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      Tanya I agree with you. Women need to realize all the consequences that come with abortion that it can cause psychological damage. These women need to realize that there are parents out in the world that would love to have a child that are on a waiting list for 5-10 years just to adopt. If the women just thought of maybe putting that child up for adoption they would help a bunch of families. I realize that adoption is a tough topic to talk about and it may put the birth mother in depression but they need to see that there child will be going to a loving and caring family . Adoption is better than abortion.

    • Tosterhout_period2_boyd_bence

      i totally agree that abortion wrong but lets look at this from a stand point of politics where they can’t just tell women no because then they will choose illegal means of abortion that could do more damage to their body because it untrained people be worst then have abortion center that can do the abortion normal but put restriction on the center and have them be certified and watch over by the government

    • IsabellaV_3boydbence

      Tanya,
      I agree with you that abortion is wrong, but because of my opinion that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop women from getting an abortion. There are cases of where the woman is raped or there’s incest. Plus a child shouldn’t be a consequence. There are times where contraceptives do not work. According to http://www.hamovhotov.com/health/?p=155 4 to 6% of the time contraceptives don’t work.

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I disagree with you. If the woman finds out that their child will have a birth effect and they don’t want to see their child suffer through that, then they should be able to have an abortion. Sometimes the parents don’t even have enough money to raise the child, so they get an abortions. It isn’t the government’s right to tell a woman that they can or cannot get an abortion. Since 1973, women have had the legal right to decide whether or not to have an abortion yet, even today, numerous barriers threaten women’s ability to exercise this central right.. We’re working to ensure that women have access to abortion care by protecting and advancing this fundamental right.
      http://www.nwlc.org/our-issues/health-care-%2526-reproductive-rights/abortion

    • ClaireG_4boydbence

      Tanya, based off of reading your response to the question asked by KQED, I believe you have not be equipped with adequate facts. I do not completely support abortion, however I do not have the right to tell a women that she cannot have an abortion, nor do politicians. In the Row vs. Wade case, years ago, the Supreme Court came to the conclusion that women have the right to choose. The Federal government should stand by this decision and pass a law that legalizes abortion across the nation. I respect your opinion, however I strongly disagree and urge you to look into your opinion a little bit more.

    • taylor shropshire

      Tanya ,
      I agree with you and i see your opinion 100% reasonable but there are wemon out their with some medical issues such as heart problems , who if they go into labor with that baby they can die from it! So you see it may not be the fact that they don’t want the baby it may be the fact that they can’t have the baby!

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I disagree, we shouldn’t stop abortion, but instead regulate it. While adoption is a good idea we already have way too many kids in the foster system not to mention the fact that they could end up getting sent to abusive households. Abortions aren’t always for the reason that somebody can’t support a child financially. Some women’s bodies can’t handle the physical stress that birth and pregnancy come with and therefore probably wouldn’t survive.

    • ChristianH_2boydbence

      “The anti-abortion position is usually based on religious beliefs and threatens the vital separation of church and state. Religious ideology should not be a foundation for law in the United States.” If we simply look at a persons beliefs we don’t take in the whole pictures. How does this effect the person? Why would she do this? We ask questions that aren’t biased because everyone who makes these decisions has an opinion. No two people are alike and if we all just focus on the opinions of the people and not the facts we will never progress in this topic or the world.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      I argee with you slightly the government shouldn’t stop abortion.But the government should have some regulations to make it safer for the mother.in the PBS NewsHour video it says ” vet clinics are cleaner than abortion clinics,

      We should have the government come in and help not just make it illegal

    • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

      I do not agree the gov can’t stop people from having abortions and even if it become illegal people will just find a new way to have abortions.

    • JTM_3boydbence

      I agree with your first sentence after that you got off topic. You really did not state the governments resins why to interject. For I think that it should be the states choices in wether to ban it or not.

    • Shemar_D_2BoydBence

      Hey Tanya, Only ⅓ of mothers put up their unwanted babies for adoption,
      More than a million abortions are performed every year, if made illegal this would mean, at least 666,666 more babies put out for adoption.

    • CallieH_2BoydBence

      I don’t support abortion either, but let’s look at this from an unbiased standpoint.

      Rape and incest, sadly, exist. May have not happened to us but they exist. Some women, even when using every single contraceptive possible still get pregnant and are unable to carry a baby. Ectopic pregnancy is a possible factor, (ectopic being when the fertilized egg gets stuck in the fallopian tube and grows, which can be fatal. )

      Women are 150% more likely to commit suicide after an abortion. There are places like the Horror House known as Kermit Gosnell’s office. “The risk of a woman’s death from abortion is less than one in 100,000,
      whereas the risk of a woman dying from giving birth is 13.3 deaths per
      100,000 pregnancies.” (According to abortion.procon.org) Then we have the complications from abortion, but let’s not forget the pregnancy can be dangerous too.

      So therefore we see that both have their pros and their cons. What we really need to do is to think about this rationally, in an unbiased way and understand the other sides. Only then can we come to a full, legitimate, good, solid consensus on the issue.

    • KshitijK_2BoydBence

      They shouldn’t stop it because abortion is the choice of the woman. If they government was to stop abortion, then women who want it will get it done it in an unsafe place which could harm both of them, also, what if the mother is sick, and during pregnancy it could kill both, it would be abetter option to abort the child and live. I am against abortion, but it is still the woman’s choice.

    • Guest

      hi

    • SpencerH_4

      alright well tell me what you think after you get raped :) then what are you gonna do still love and care about a child you didn’t want? And be constantly reminded about what happened that day? no thats what i thought to :)

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      In a debate, not everyone agrees with one another. So having a federal law passed about abortion is guaranteed to force multiple states to go against what their citizens believe in. And if the federal government does stop abortions, how will they do that? It is very hard for one cause to stop a whole country. But if we distribute the power to the states and let the state government make the calls, it will be easier to manage. The states could enforce the laws to appropriately support what they think is right. A solution that states could enforce is to only accept abortions if the fetus is less than six weeks old. Six weeks is the average amount of time it takes for a fetus to develop a heartbeat. Hospitals around the country have ultra-sounds. This medical device can tell you your due date, how big your fetus currently is, and how old your fetus is. And this should be a required process to get an abortion, checking how old your fetus is. These policies and regulations can be managed and enforced better by the state government. That is why we should let the state government make policies that will make abortion safe and more humane, rather than stop abortions all together.

    • Nicholas_M_Period1

      I disagree. As you say “if people didn’t take action to be safe” but actually 54% of women having abortions had used a contraceptive method (usually the condom or the pill) during the month they became pregnant (http://www.womenscenter.com/abortion_stats.html). So that’s over half of all abortions who attempted to use a contraceptive that unfortunately failed. In response to your adoption recommendation there are already 400,000 kid within foster care, and 15% of those kids will go adopted for 5+ years trapped in foster care.

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      I can see your side, but still I fully disagree. While yes, people could put someone up for adoption, most of these cases were traumatic purposes, rather then “Happy Accidents”. If abortion was limited, Back Ally Abortions would swell in number, as women are driven out of desperation to ridiculous and life-threatening extremes.

    • MikeM_3boydbence

      I disagree with this. If the government stops abortion and makes it illegal women will do illegal abortions are unsafe and can even injure the women having the abortion.

    • AlexW_2boydbence

      Well, what if the woman got raped? Or if the woman knew she would be unable to give birth and going into labor could kill her? She would be scared and willing to risk her life and to go to the illegal back alley “doctor” and get it there. It’s like meth. Meth is highly illegal, but people want it anyway. The people in question cannot go to Mexico and get it there, so they would pay more to get it illegally and risk getting caught. Do you see the connection?

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      I disagree with you, You sound more like you are on the “right it wrong side” not the political side to it. Also, what if the abortion is acted before 14 weeks into pregnancy, therefore the baby can not feel anything. 14 week is about the time the child can start to feel so there would in a sense be no harm done.

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I heavily disagree with you. First, abortion can be seen differently to others, but I won’t go into my view so nobody gets butthurt. Below is a cartoon that shows some of the different views on when “life” begins and I feel that this would help me explain to you what I’m talking about. But on your comment to “being safe” and not having to worry about it, there are people who are raped and can’t control that they get pregnant. They then don’t want to have to carry, pay for, and then have to go through childbirth for it. And there are also people who wouldn’t mind giving birth or even raising a child, but they can’t afford it. Even before birth, that child is costing them money, which the parents may or may not have. The last thing I want to talk about is your last sentence. I’m pretty sure the government doesn’t see kids that are put up for adoption any more of a burden than kids who are being raised in a home. I don’t have any evidence for this, and I’m not a part of the government, but that’s just how I see it. Thank you for your input.
      Cartoon: http://abortion.procon.org/files/1-abortion-images/cartoon-when-does-life-begin-picture.jpg

    • MichelleS_3_boydbence

      Tanya, I agree with most of what you said. The part that I do not agree on is when you said that abortion is close to murder. Abortion is not close to murder, it IS murder. I do agree with you when you said if people aren’t having safe sex then people should deal with the consequences. The government should choose if a women should have an abortion.

    • daniel j. eberhart

      I have to disagree with you. I think that the government
      State or federal; should not be able to restrict a women’s choice to have an
      abortion. I believe that we should continue to decision of Roe vs. Wade (1973) which
      decided “The Court ruled that the states were forbidden from outlawing or
      regulating any aspect of abortion performed during the first trimester of
      pregnancy, could only enact abortion regulations reasonably related to maternal
      health in the second and third trimesters, and could enact abortion laws
      protecting the life of the fetus only in the third trimester.” There Is more
      than one reason a women might abort a child; they might want to if they were
      raped, or if continuing the pregnancy could bring health risks to the mother.

      http://www.pbs.org/wnet/supremecourt/rights/landmark_roe.html

      http://blogs.kqed.org/education/2014/03/28/abortion/

  • http://lifeataglacebyshelby.blogspot.com Shelby

    I have to say that I agree, they’re certain things that I believe that the government should not have a say in, but abortion, yes. It was your choice to engage in sexual activity, and everybody knows what that can lead to, pregnancy. People should have to deal with the consequences of their own choices, and not their unborn children.

    • Guest

      It is not ALWAYS a person’s choice to have sex.

      • http://lifeataglacebyshelby.blogspot.com Shelby

        Whether they got raped or not they had to have some connection, its not easy. But we never know the story.

    • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

      Shelby, I agree with you. The government should be able to stop a woman from aborting her child. Yes, it
      will be a difficult 9 months, but it’s selfish to kill a child that can’t speak just because you don’t want to go through the process of being pregnant etc. There are other options; you don’t even have to keep your kid! You can put him or her up for adoption! This website talks about President Ronald Reagan’s 1983 essay over the issue of abortion. It mentions in the podcast that over 50 million babies have been unborn. That is a HUGE amount! It also says, “Either we all matter or none of us
      do.” Meaning that the unborn babies have worth even if they have a disability!
      http://www.prolifeperspective.com

    • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

      Many women are raped and become pregnant because of it, yet you think that they should have to give birth to the representation of that traumatic experience, and go through the dangers of a pregnancy that they didn’t even willingly risk.

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      Shelby, I agree that the government should not get involved, but what if they were forced to have sexual enter course. For example rape or incest. Although “Less than 1% of all abortions take place because of rape and/or incest.” you have to take this into consideration.

      http://www.operationrescue.org/about-abortion/abortions-in-america/

    • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

      Yes, but I would say that not all people engage into these things on purpose. Some woman are forced into these things which is what rape is. In the article, it says that 93% of abortion is from the result of rape. I believe that, yes, it is their decision to have abortion not the governments. It is the decision of the parents not the organization that may not realize the troubles of these kinds of things.

    • KayleeH_3BoydBence

      Rape can lead to pregnancy too. Carrying the child of your rapist is a burden no one should have to carry. It wasn’t even their choice to even engage in sexual activities, they should be able to end the pregnancy if they choose. The government should only have control over the abortion industry to make sure it’s safe for all women and that the hospitals are meeting health codes. The government shouldn’t have to much control over the abortion industry, we don’t want it to shut down and women having to go back to using coat hangers and other more dangerous forms of abortion. When we have people like Texas State Senator Wendy Davis who will not sit and put up with the lack of women’s right. We don’t need another male in the government deciding wether it is good or bad we need a woman to make sure that woman are being taken care of and given all the rights we deserve and that includes abortion. The government doesn’t need to stop abortion is just needs to regulate it.

    • Claire S 2

      It’s not always everyone’s choice. Nobody would want to be raped and bear the child, especially if they’re already in bad financial status. It’s not the woman’s fault, and they can’t just raise a child that was born from someone forcibly making them pregnant. It’s not right, and 93% of abortions are because of rape, not people just being careless.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      I agree. Assuming the child was conceived by two consenting adults and that the mother will not be harmed, it is safe to say that the government has the right to stop an abortion.

    • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree with your statement that the government shouldn’t get involved, but there are other reasons, such as rape. It is a personal choice and decision that the government shouldn’t interfere.

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      Do you believe that the government should restrict access to other potentially life-saving medical procedures? In many ways, it’s a person’s choice to become so morbidly obese that he needs heart surgery. It’s a child’s choice to climb a tree and fall out and break an arm, but should the child not be allowed to have the bone reset and put into a cast? The most control the government should have over abortion is making sure that every clinic meets the same health codes, and that each doctor is qualified to perform the procedure.

    • alexm_3boydbence

      I have to say I do agree with you shelby, although that may not always be the case because 1% of abortions come from rape victims, but I have to agree that the government should have a say in this because not only is abortion wrong, but it’s also unhealthy and can cause death to the woman.

    • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

      Lets get one thing straight. Have you ever heard of rape? sexual abuse? incest? Cause all of those things happen. I believe that the government should stop abortions (like you) with exceptions. Those exceptions are if you were raped or sexually abused then you have the choice of getting an abortion. If you just had sex and got pregnant for, for lack of better words, “fun”. You should not be able to have an abortion.

    • David_N_2

      Indeed. I believe that the government should be able to prevent a woman from receiving an abortion. It’s a scientific fact that sexual activity leads to a pregnancy. Also, in the Declaration of independence, it states that the right to life is an unalienable right along with liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If the government were to keep abortion legal, then they would be contradicting the Declaration of Independence. In addition to that, abortion should only be legal when the mothers life is endangered. It would be acceptable because it would preserve one life in an unfortunate sacrifice of another. If the government wants to keep abortion legal, then they can no longer say that life is an unalienable right.

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      I disagree. What if the girl got raped? She would have to look at the child every day and think of the rapist. Also if it was illegal, then there would be a lot more “back-alley” abortions. “Access to legal, professionally-performed abortions reduces injury and death caused by unsafe, illegal abortions. The World Health Organization estimated in 2006 that “back-alley”
      abortions cause 68,000 maternal deaths each year in countries where abortion is not legal.” ( found on http://abortion.procon.org ) Making abortion illegal wouldn’t stop abortion, it would just make it much less safe. A woman has the right to choose a safe abortion.

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      Shelby, I agree with you. others may disagree and say “what if the woman is raped..” The fact is: less the 1% of abortions are performed because of rape or incest. Also, women must be more responsible when they chose to engage in sexual activity. By planning out your life and being more responsible, women won’t have to deal with pregnancy until they are prepared. Sadly though, If current rates continue, it is estimated that 35% of all women of reproductive age in America today will have had an abortion by the time they reach the age of 45. All in all, the government should place restrictions on abortions on a federal level.

    • ChristenW_Per4_BoydBence

      I believe that abortion is morally wrong, but I also believe that it is morally wrong for the government to force a woman to have a baby she does not want, as birth can be risky and unwanted children are rarely happy. Also, since 70% of the US thinks that abortion is right, the government shouldn’t be able to do anything to stop the citizens, or this would turn into a communist country.

  • MaggieS-2boydbence

    I think that the government should not control any persons life. While i may never need or want an abortion some people are ok and comfortable with it. This is their own personal right that they should still be able to have. Government either state or federal is meant to control laws and enforce the constitution, not control the lives of the citizens of the nation of the free. While Jefferson was correct in this statement but the government, while big, should not take personal right.

    • Claire S 2

      Yes. We shouldn’t take someone’s right away just because people think it’s unjust. That’s unfair and unjust in its own right.

  • Kyle_C_3boydbence

    It isn’t a matter of abortion but a matter of having protected sex. If you had protected sex then there would not be a baby on the way to be born. But in the case of a having unprotected sex and having a kid and wanting an abortion the women should decide to have that done or not. But the thing about that is the government is funding abortion which needs to stop (http://womensissues.about.com/od/abortion/f/Does-The-Government-Fund-Abortions.htm) because us, as taxpayers, should not have to pay for someone elses mistake of having unprotected sex. Also some taxpayers don’t believe in abortions, so they shouldn’t be funding something that is against what they believe.

  • madisono-2boydbence

    Here in the United States, the laws concerning abortion are surrounded by controversy. As stated by Charmaine Yoest, “We [in the USA] can have abortions through out all 9 months of pregnancy, for any reason.” I believe that the laws regarding abortion, should be changed.
    The government should strengthen the laws concerning abortion, especially late-term abortion. In other countries around the world, abortions are not allowed after a certain amount of time, I believe that we should have the same here in the US. But, this being said, I don’t think that the government should have full control over abortions. As said by Ilyse Hogue, “These are medical procedure, best decided by their families and their doctors.”, not by the federal or state governments.
    Over all, the government should play a larger role in regulating the number of abortions and when abortions are allowed but in the end, whether or not a woman gets an abortion should be her and her family’s choice.

  • CJ_Bute2boydbence

    I believe the government should not be able to tell us what we can and can’t do. Just like Ilyse Hogue said , “These are medical procedure, best decided by their
    families and their doctors.”, not by the federal or state governments. Even though I feel that abortion is a bad idea, because you are basically killing your own kind. If you don’t want a baby, then why have sex? Especially is not ready to be a mom or dad. The government should strengthen some of the laws regarding abortion. In many
    countries, you can not have an abortion after a certain amount of times. I think our country should have that law, so the women aren’t just having sex because they don’t have to worry if they get pregnant

    • Guest

      That is not the case with every single person that is wanting to have an abortion.
      Also, you start off with pro-choice, then go on with pro-life.
      Lastly, no one ENJOYS or wants to have an abortion. People who are healthy mentally would not go out, carelessly having sex, knowing that they will get an abortion afterwards.

      • Claire S 2

        Thank you. Everyone seems to assume people are stupid enough to just go out and have sex and abort the baby. It’s painful, costly in some cases, and nobody in their right mind would just do it all the time.

    • Claire S 2

      Also, you uh, have sex because its a type of pleasure and people like it? It’s not just for procreation.

  • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

    The government should be able to stop a woman from getting an abortion because by getting an abortion, you are murdering a child that would be born otherwise. Government should be involved in the decision that women should not be able to have an abortion. We shouldn’t have to pay taxes that will be used to fund other people’s abortions. If the government weren’t to step in then we would be paying taxes to people who want to kill a baby. No matter how long the baby was in the mom’s stomach, a baby is a baby. We say we want women’s rights so what if the baby inside is a female, they should have rights too right? Government needs to step in to speak for the babies who can’t. This website talks about
    the life of an unborn baby and medical facts about abortion.
    http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/

  • Lukep_3boydbence

    I believe that the Government should not be able stop women from getting an abortion, cause in the end it is the women making the final decision.”Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy, not a baby. Personhood at conception is not a proven biological fact.” this coming from http://abortion.procon.org/ which is a non-bisaed site. Its just facts. You can’t call that murder cause its not your call. If the women wants an abortion then let her get one. No one should be able to dictate her decisions. If she dies in the process then thats her fault cause she wanted the abortion. We don’t dictate peoples lives and neither should the government. In the end the women get the final say.

  • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

    I believe that the government should stop abortion due to
    many facts. One of the facts is that a person is to be believed as a human once
    they reach the stage of conception in the woman’s pregnancy. Conception is the
    first time that the baby breathes. Also one of the 7 commandments is that
    though shall not kill. If you make an abortion after the stage of conception,
    then you are killing it. There are more reasons than just not killing the baby,
    but also woman who abort their child they are 154% more likely to commit suicide
    due to killing the baby. The last fact that the government should stop abortion
    in America is due to cases of Kermit Gosnell case, abortion killed
    many children because the clinics were not at the health risk. Due to all these
    reasons the government should stop abortion in America.

    These facts came from http://abortion.procon.org and PBS Newshour

  • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

    I believe that the government should stop abortion due to
    many facts. One of the facts is that a person is to be believed as a human once
    they reach the stage of conception in the woman’s pregnancy. Conception is the
    first time that the baby breathes. Also one of the 7 commandments is that
    though shall not kill. If you make an abortion after the stage of conception,
    then you are killing it. There are more reasons than just not killing the baby,
    but also woman who abort their child they are 154% more likely to commit suicide
    due to killing the baby. The last fact that the government should stop abortion
    in America is due to cases of Kermit Gosnell case, abortion killed
    many children because the clinics were not at the health risk. Due to all these
    reasons the government should stop abortion in America.

    These facts came from http://abortion.procon.org and PBS News-hour

    There are other opportunities to save a child rather than killing it. Here is a billboard to help with a different option.

    • Asia_32

      though that the Gov`t can and can`t tell us what we can and can`t do they need to step in to at least put in some restrictions on abortion. I realize women do have their own right to their own body but they need to realize what they are doing and what consequences come with it. I don’t think that abortion should be completely illegal but they need to fix and better the restrictions .Rape and incest, sadly, exist. May have not happened to us but they exist. Some women, even when using every single contraceptive possible still get pregnant and are unable to carry a baby. i think there are specific instances that can and cant call for abortion.

    • gehresj

      Claire,

      While I do agree that it is awful that women are more likely to commit suicide after an abortion, I don’t think everything we see on the internet is reliable. Do we know that the people conducting the study randomly selected their test subjects? Were these subjects picked specifically because they fit the agenda? Another issue with your argument is using the ten commandments as a reason to not have an abortion. First, the bible was created a long time ago. Second, there is no scientific evidence to back up your religion. Not everyone follows the Ten Commandment, not even all Christians. In America we have freedom of religion so using religion as a political debate is never a good idea. To add to this is the argument that at the moment of conception the baby takes its first breath. This is wildly untrue because at conception the zygote is little more than a few clumps of cells and has not yet formed lungs or a mouth. The fetus does grow and develop the necessary parts to breathe later in the pregnancy but even then it just practices breathing with the amniotic fluid and does no breathing until birth. Again, with the argument that life starts at conception, there is no great backing because life is all based upon opinion. Yes there are living cells and yes we would be killing the cells but if we made it illegal to kill cells then cancer patients could not receive Chemotherapy. If we want to base abortion on when life starts we should wait until the fetus can support itself to outlaw termination. The sentence about Kermit Gosnell doesn’t make any sense and therefore has no affect on your argument. When an example is added to an argument and it is not a household name or object it must be expanded upon or it carries no weight.

      With all of that said, I do agree that there should be some limits on abortion. For example, you stated that when life starts the fetus should not be terminated once life begins, and I agree. When the baby reaches a point at which it can be considered premature and somewhat viable, the woman should carry it full term. If, before that point, a woman decides she cannot care for a baby (and especially in the case of rape), then she should be able to make that choice for herself and the state should not interfere.

      In the article below it explains that a baby can live outside the womb past 24 weeks, so it is only right that we consider this life and therefore cannot be ended after this point.

      http://www.livestrong.com/article/222162-how-soon-can-a-baby-survive-outside-the-womb/
      I also agree that there are other options, and if a woman does not want or cannot care for her baby then adoption by another parent or parents are a good way to ensure a better life.

    • Kenny Moran

      Amen to that! i have
      never been for abortion. Even if you
      wanted the child or not. You were the one who decided to have sex that’s your
      own fault. Some people say what about rape. You shouldn’t be the idiot putting yourself
      out to strangers. In my own opinion abortion is murder. That’s jail time in my
      eyes. So all you for abortion, life is not all about you. Think of others. Think about the child. Think
      of what you family would say. God did it for a reason, and you need to accept
      that! Think about that! http://abortion.procon.org

  • David_N_2

    The government should indeed be able to prevent a woman from receiving an abortion upon certain circumstances. Scientifically, pregnancy is the result, not a punishment, of a sexual intercourse. Sexual reproduction is meant to reproduce a human child in adding to the population. There should be no reason at all to abort a child unless it is threatening the life of the mother. Even more so, abortion goes against our founding fathers intentions of the unalienable right of life, and it is stated in the Declaration of Independence. On the other hand, if the government does start to overlook abortions, then it could cause women to start using illegal and unsafe ways to abort according to Ilyse. Access to this legal abortion would prevent the deaths of woman who do receive an abortion because there would be an actual facility and not a “back-alley”. But the restriction of abortion would persuade woman to give birth and put their child up for adoption if they cannot or will not care for the child. That way, couples who are unable to have a child or they long to adopt one are able to. Abortion is something that should be avoided. It doesn’t matter whether the fetus has reached a certain time period or not because it’s still a living soul. Anyone should be able to prevent the God-given life that will be taken away because it is an unalienable right!
    Resources: http://abortion.procon.org

  • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

    The government should not be allowed to stop abortions because it is a medical procedure, something that all citizens have a right to. Wether or not a pregnant woman gets an abortion should not be decided by politicians that don’t have any involvement or experience on the topic. Women don’t often get abortions just because they don’t want to take care of the baby, often times there are extenuating that influence the decision that she makes. It should not be in the governments hands to decide what makes those circumstances qualify for an abortion or not. In the video Ilyse Hogue stated that women are drove to men like Kermit gossnell because of the law and restrictions that are placed on abortion clinics that drive legitimate practitioners out of business.

  • Jacob_W_Period3

    No, the government does not have the right to tell a women that you can’t have an abortion. While many may find it unjustified to kill a human being. It is also unjustified to have sex which can lead to this problem. Yet after the first discussion no one gives it another thought. One does not have the right to tell one what to do, when to do, or how to do something. Abortions are something seen as grizzly but under many circumstances its understandable. I will not state where I stand on abortion, but my opinion is the government should not tell a woman what to do about the situation. The furthest the government should push is to put restrictions when happening. Like requiring counseling or wait time and not a complete overlook on the subject. The decision of whether or not to abort the baby relies on the woman, her family, and the doctor. Having the abortion in a certified clinic allows the women to be safe and the doctor can analyze if its a good idea. Instead we are ignoring the fact that 100s of women and thousands of babies were killed in an unlicensed off the map meth house mocking as a clinic. Many women can’t hold the baby and often that could cause the baby massive harm. The government should lower the cost but this does not mean I think it should be legal. If anything the government should put the dog on a leash instead of losing it or locking it with a cage.

  • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

    I think that the government shouldn’t be able to control abortion. Abortion is something that is very personal and is the parents’ choice. In the debate above, it says that many woman who’s states had ban abortion tend to go to illegal abortion clinics which is very dangerous. Some of these clinics are un- authorized which means that it is unsafe. If the government were to take the decisions of abortion, the parents wouldn’t have a choice. A lot of times, abortion isn’t caused just by the un-wanting of a baby, but it can be caused by rape or forced sex. If the government were to interfere, then the woman would have no choice, but to give birth. Also, some families cannot afford a baby, or do not have the necessary health to be able to give birth. Many times, when the mother doesn’t have the health, the mother dies. It should not be the governments decision if the circumstances are fatal.

  • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

    I don’t actually know whether the government should be able to stop women doing abortion. I mean there are so many good reasons why they shouldn’t and why the government should get involved. From the PBS news hour and the first link below, they gave good reasons why the government should get involved. They said things like “in North Dakota once a heartbeat abortion is prohibited”, “Abortion increases the likelihood that women will develop breast cancer”, “Abortions cause psychological damage”, “An abortion can cost anywhere from around $350 to more than $1,000. In 2009, it was estimated that a total of $831 million is spent on abortions annually.”, etc. Then there are reasons why the government shouldn’t get involved. For example, “70% of Americans believe that women should have their constitutional rights.”, “17 states and counting are approving abortion”, “Many women who choose abortion don’t have the financial resources to support a child.”, “Abortion is an effective tool for population control.”, etc. So all of these reasons are really placing me in a difficult spot on deciding whether the government should or shouldn’t stop abortion. So as of right now my decision is undecided.

    http://abortion.procon.org

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics-jan-june13-abortion_04-30/

  • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

    I think the government should be able to stop abortions after a certain period of time, because that individual might be the one out of millions that could change the world. For example Pope John Paul II was almost aborted by his mother, but instead his mother choose not to. This discussion affected many people because he was looked at as a religious leader. The government should be interested in protecting children because one day they may help the world.

  • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

    Abortion is a right that should not be limited by governmental or religious authority. No matter what women will resort to unsafe illegal abortions if there is no legal option.The government is really pushing the boundaries. They need to stay out of these women’s personal choices.
    A woman’s right to choose abortion is a “fundamental right” recognized by the US Supreme Court. The landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade was decided on Jan. 22, 1973, and remains the law of the land.

    Personhood begins at birth, not at conception. Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy, not a baby. Personhood at conception is not a proven biological fact.

    http://abortion.procon.org/
    I would also like to add that a lot of the leaders that are making these decisions are men. The picture below is something that really speaks to me.I don’t find it fare at all.

  • Riley_R_1BoydBence

    I don’t think the government should be able to stop a woman from getting an abortion. This is a personal decision and not one the government should be involved in. I can understand why a person would get an abortion and I can understand why they should not get an abortion, but I don’t think the government should be involved.

  • Lawsonzper3boydbence

    The government should be
    involved in abortion. The main reason with this is so that they can regulate
    how it is done. It has been shown that when it is too hard for people to get it
    done legally. It only stands to reason that making it legal and kept it to the
    same standards that they give to hospitals. The main thing that should be kept
    is keeping these clinics up to code. If we can keep them to the standards of
    hospitals then we will be able to keep it safe. That is why government should
    get involved in these clinics to set regulations to keep everyone safe.

  • DuncanS_3BoydBence

    The Government shouldn’t be able to tell us what to do. The purpose of the government is to serve the people, not to order them around. The choice belongs to a woman and her family, not anyone else. The government shouldn’t make any restrictions regarding abortion except to keep the woman getting the abortion safe during the procedure. The government and the majority of the people should not get to decide whether or not a woman can have an abortion, or provide any restrictions to it. They should definitely not have any restrictions regarding abortion based on how late into the pregnancy it is. They also should not close down a lot of facilities making it harder for a woman to get an abortion. Closing down a lot of facilities makes it harder for a woman to find a facility close to her home, making her have to travel farther to get an abortion. Most anti abortion is based on religion, which could lead to the separation from church and state. The article says “The anti-abortion position is usually based on religious beliefs and threatens the vital separation of church and state. Religious ideology should not be a foundation for law in the United States.”

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      This billboard shows people saying that they would do anything to help protect the unborn baby, and then after it’s born showing that they won’t help it and that it’s on it’s own. Pro Life people would do anything to help keep women from getting an abortion, but a lot of them aren’t willing to support the child after it’s born. This proves my point because people say abortion is murder, but those same people aren’t willing to support the people who choose to not get an abortion. That only makes people more likely to get an abortion because no one is going to help them support the child they could have.

  • KayleeH_3BoydBence

    Wether you were pregnant or having a pregnancy scare abortion has most likely popped into your head, how easy it would be to just terminate the pregnancy now. What if you need to terminate the pregnancy for incest or rape reasons? Having a child born from incest can cause mental illnesses, who wants that for a their child? Who could carry their rapist’s child? As if they already don’t live the rape daily, now they’ll have another reminder. The government getting too involved in abortion can cause the industry to shut down. That leaves coat hangers and less safe back alley abortions. The government not getting involved can lead to health codes not being met, tools not being clean, and that isn’t safe. What we don’t want from the government is that the grass is to long or that the hallways aren’t wide enough what we want is for health codes to be met. We need neutral government involvement. We need things like counseling for the patient, we need to teach girls that this can be very emotional. My mother had an abortion and she will never forgive herself for it, she will spend the rest of her life with this regret and that is horrible. But there are girls who don’t really care that they’ve had an abortion. It just needs to be taught that this can be emotional, and a counseling session at the hospital before it happens can help with that. The government needs to keep an eye to make sure that it is safe for all the patients and that all women are being taken care of.

  • ESigler-2boydbence

    The government doesn’t have the right to control a women decision on her personal health, financial life, and emotional feelings.
    We have a government to keep things under control, and at a controlled chaos. There are things that they do have the right to control, but someones personal health isn’t one of those things.
    If someone finds abortion wrong, then they don’t have to have one. But if someone wants one, so be it. The federal government doesn’t have the right to tell them no.

  • Jacob_W_Period3

    What this says is what I think. The only people that get to decide whether or not to have an abortion is the mother of the baby. Many find it unjustified but in many cases its up to the parents. The gov’t should not try to control any aspect of our lives so why this one.

    • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

      I agree with you. But ONLY if the mother is not capable of having the child. If she lives in a bad home or doesn’t have enough money, then that’s acceptable. But if there is no bad reason for her to have the child, then I see no reason to kill it.

  • Claire S 2

    The government shouldn’t have any say on whether or not a woman should get an abortion because it’s the mother’s body and they shouldn’t, and can’t control her decisions. However, the only way I feel they should interact is set up multiple, humane, abortion clinics in each state, that way it won’t be as dangerous to the ones getting the abortions, and it can prevent cases like the Kermit Gosnell case, where the location, practices, and whatnot were awful enough to kill at least two women.

  • Luke_A_Period3

    The government has every right to tell you what to do. They tell us not to steal and not to hurt others so they have the right to tell us whether we can abort a child or not. So yes, the government should be able to stop a women from getting an abortion, just like they can stop a criminal from stealing.

    • ChristenW_Per4_BoydBence

      This is sounding an awful lot like a dictatorship… I don’t think that abortion is right, but the government is full of humans, and all humans make mistakes and selfish decisions. It is not safe to leave all decisions to the government.

  • taylor_w_2nd

    The topic is about whether the government should have the right to stop abortion, or not. In my personal opinion I believe abortion is wrong. Abortion is killing innocent babies who won’t even get the chance to live, however that is not the topic. The truth of the matter is the government does not have the right to stop abortions. According to the PBS News Hour, these are medical decisions, not political ones. This means that if a woman decides she wants to get an abortion, she has the right to do so. Myself, the government, nor anyone else, has the right to turn our personal opinion into a law. The decision of abortion effects their body, and in turn, their entire life. Therefore, because of this, it is a decision that needs to be made thoughtfully with their doctor. Again, the woman herself has the right to make a life changing decision for herself; who are we to tell her what is right and what is wrong?

  • brittneyd_3boydbence

    I am pro-choice. I think it is up to the women, their families, and their doctors to decide if abortion is an option. The government shouldn’t interfere.

    For example, abortion.procon.org states “The risk of a woman’s death from abortion is less than one in 100,000, whereas the risk of a woman dying from giving birth is 13.3 deaths per 100,000 pregnancies.” This proves that abortion is actually a safer option than just giving birth to the child. Out-of-touch politicians are also a problem. “when it comes to women’s health no politician should get to decide what’s best for you “ -Barack Obama

    Aborting un-intended babies is a good thing. About 49% of all pregnancies are un-intended (abortion.procon.org) It is also thought that abortion will reduce crime, something I would think these politicians would want. “Some estimates claim legalized abortion accounted for as much as 50% of the drop in murder, property crime, and violent crime between 1973 and 2001. Teenage girls, unmarried women, and poor women are more likely to have unintended pregnancies, and since unwanted babies are often raised in poverty, their chances of leading criminal lives in adulthood are increased.”

    And even if abortion was made illegal, people will still do it. “Access to legal, professionally-performed abortions reduces injury and death caused by unsafe, illegal abortions.” (http://abortion.procon.org/) an estimated 68,000 maternal deaths were caused by ‘back-alley’ abortions in 2006. It would be much safer to just let the women do it if they choose.

    The government does not need to interfere with what a women wants to do. It is not their choice nor their child.

  • Jacob_W_Period3

    No one has the right to tell someone what to do, when to do, or how to do anything.

  • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

    To be up front with it all, This decision doesn’t effect the government in any way shape or form, therefore they should not have a say. According to PBS News-hour, These decisions are medical ones not political ones. And according to the ‘Texas Abortion Battle’ The women’s health and wellbeing is on the line therefore the government should really take that into consideration before making laws as drastic as these. If a women decides it is best for them to abort the baby, then so be it, the government should not stand in there way. In the long run, the only life that this will really effect is theres and their families. Leave the decisions to the families and the doctors, the government needs to just but out and do whatever else it needs to do to solve issues that isn’t this one!

  • ChristianH_2boydbence

    When considering the weight and value of an abortion and what it can do to a woman its a topic the requires action. It has been acted on by all platforms federal, state, and by the voice of the people. But the question is should the government stay involved? Should laws be passed federally or state wide? The answer is federal. Passing laws federally will ensure equal restriction on abortion that clinics can operate with. It prevents people like Kermit Gosnell from,”routinely performed illegal abortions past Pennsylvania’s 24-week limit,
    that he delivered babies who were still moving, whimpering or
    breathing, and that he and his assistants dispatched the newborns by
    “snipping” their spines.” and,”Gosnell killed more than one person and his victims were especially vulnerable given their age.” Allowing the federal law to be executed equally for all abortion clinics in all states will keep clinics like Gosnell’s off the streets and allow people to have a safe abortion without risk.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/14/kermit-gosnell-life-sentence_n_3275000.html

    http://abortion.procon.org/

  • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

    In my opinion the government should not decide wether or not a woman was an abortion or not, it is their own body and the government can’t decide what each woman in the United States does with it. I do believe that abortion clinics should be more taken care of so that woman can have safe abortions, and not back alley abortions in where on average two woman die because the clinics are not clean and the doctors don’t have clean clinics to do the “surgery” in. So my opinion is that the government should not make decisions that include a woman’s health.

  • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

    I would say that it is the woman’s say if she wants to abort or keep the baby. I believe everyone have a reason for doing it. And if the government do have the right, it won’t help because when it happen it just happen. he government should be interested in protecting children because one day they may help the world. A lot of people like Tim Tebow’s mom could have had a choice for abortion but she just went with and look what his life turned out to be.

  • lilliand_3_boydbence

    The government should not
    interfere with telling women whether they can or cannot get an abortion. A
    woman knows her body better than anybody else, and in certain situations there
    is an exception to having an abortion. Abortion is not something I believe in
    personally, but I don’t think that the government should have a say especially
    when they don’t know the situation clearly. The government doesn’t understand
    that If you get raped at a young age, and can’t afford to have the baby, and
    you have schooling, that is a excuse to have an abortion. The final decision
    should be left up to the woman and her family.

  • MadelynR_3boydbence

    The government should not tell you to decide weather or not you to have an abortion. women should have that choice because its their decision and their body. Even though I believe that abortion isn’t right, It should be allowed in some situations. For example, If you had gotten pregnant in your teens and couldn’t finically keep up and couldn’t provide a good stable life for the child . Therefore rape, if you where raped would you want to keep that child and look at them everyday and remember that you were raped. We have the freedom to make our own decisions about our bodies therefore we should have the right to if we want have an abortion.

  • MarkL_3BoydBence

    The government should slightly alter laws regarding abortion.This article says that “In light of recent restrictions, abortion remains a common experience: Roughly one in three unintended pregnancies result in an abortion according the Guttmacher Institute.” These are many different examples of individuals who have different reasons as to why they want an abortion. Instead of completely making abortion illegal, the government should give women the right for an abortion early in the process of pregnancy. This article says that “In 2013 alone, state legislatures enacted 70 laws restricting abortion access, ranging from bans on abortions at 20 weeks postfertilization to limitations on insurance coverage for abortions.” Limiting abortion after 20 weeks is very a good compromise between completely making abortion legal or illegal.

  • alexm_3boydbence

    The government should be able to stop a woman from getting an abortion. The pbs newshour video up above states that in North Dakota once its determined that there is heartbeat, the woman is not allowed to get an abortion. I totally agree with this because, not only does the video state that vet clinics are cleaner than abortion clinics, Also already two women died from abortion clinics. Abortion clinics can obviously not be trusted, and not only are you killing the life of an unborn child, you are also risking yours. Therefore, the government should be involved to help save lives of others.

  • ChristineP_4BoydBence

    The government doesn’t get to decide what I do with MY body. Why do they get to choose? They shouldn’t get to. If they don’t like abortion, they shouldn’t have one. But the law isn’t all about whether or not abortion should be illegal. It is also about our access to birth control among many other things. I personally think abortion is wrong but when it comes to who can tell a women she can or cannot get a medical procedure done…I believe strongly that the government should get no say. Every woman has a right to do whatever she wants with her body and she should have 100% access to birth control so abortion isn’t the only option for her. If we make abortion illegal or put too many restrictions on who can get it, women will resort to extreme measures to have her baby aborted which may include doing it herself. Let’s keep it safe, legal and available.

    My sources include, CNN, PBS and personal experience with a family friend who was denied access to abortion

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/27/justice/texas-abortion-law-court/
    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/first-amendment-case-brings-abortion-protesters-rights-supreme-court/

  • Alice_B_4boydbence

    The government should apply laws that support a person’s right to choose whether or not to have an abortion. According to law.cornell.edu (http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/personal_autonomy), “personal autonomy has grown into a ‘liberty’ protected by the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment.” Personal autonomy means that we have a right to control who uses our body, for what, and for how long. It’s why that, even after a person’s death, even if their organs are the only match for a dying person, we’re not made to donate organs.

    While some people argue that abortion is murder and the government needs to stop it, the definition of life, according to Merriam-Webster, is “the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body,” not a heartbeat, and there are number of things which distinguish a functional being from a dead body, one of them being conscious thought, which a fetus does not have. Because the differences are so numbered and varied, a heartbeat is not enough to decide whether something is truly living.

    People who are anti-choice on a political level seem to be under the impression that illegalizing abortion on a federal level or placing restrictions on it would end or reduce the number of abortions people have. Ourbodiesourselves.org reports that “the abortion rate is 29 per 1,000 women of childbearing age in Africa and 32 per 1,000 in Latin America—regions in which abortion is illegal under most circumstances in the majority of countries. The rate is 12 per 1,000 in Western Europe, where abortion is generally permitted on broad grounds,” so it would ultimately only endanger lives–CNN says that before abortion was legal, unsafe, or “back alley” abortions were responsible for 68,000 deaths a year. If you still consider abortion murder after reading my above point, that means 136,000 people were dying.

    Yet another argument prevalent in discussions about the illegalization of abortion is that when a person gets pregnant, it’s their fault, and that we can’t always trust people who cite rape as the reason for the pregnancy. Rape can be proven by a test offered at all hospitals, but often victims are too scared to be tested, due to threats made by their rapist or shame. Instead of questioning rape victims, we should value the courage it took for them to speak up, and provide for them what what care we can, which can include an abortion. And even in cases of consensual sex resulting in a pregnancy, it’s not always the fault of the couple. Most schools teach abstinence only sex education, but a Columbia University study (http://www.columbia.edu/cu/psychology/courses/3615/Readings/Kohler_2008.pdf) says that “adolescents who received comprehensive sex education had a lower risk of
    pregnancy than adolescents who received abstinence-only or no sex education,” and from there, we can assume that there are fewer abortions as a result of fewer teen pregnancies.

    The preamble of our Declaration of Independence says that “all men….are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” If not being able to abort an unwanted pregnancy inhibits a person’s pursuit of happiness or restricts their liberty, we are defying the things our Founding Fathers thought to be most important.

  • Alice_B_4boydbence

    Here’s my billboard supporting federal laws being passed to protect people’s right to choose.

  • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

    The government should make rules over abortion. An abortion should only be able to done if the women has been raped, sexually abused, or has gone through incest because they have a baby in them that they may not have wanted. The government should also give a time limit on when you can have the abortion. The abortion needs to be done very early on in the pregnancy, within the first few weeks of pregnancy. Also it is better that fewer women get abortions because of some of the terrible things that can happen during them. When you get an abortion it can increase your chances for breast cancer because when you get pregnant your breasts start to grow in order to be able to feed at birth. When you stop this process in its tracks there are a bunch of immature cells that just stay there.

    Here is my link where I got my breast cancer info:

    http://abortion.procon.org/#Background

  • Ian Brinkerhoff

    I think that the government shouldn’t be able to tell the parent what or what not to do.

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree with you. “A
      woman’s right to choose abortion is a “fundamental right” recognized
      by the US Supreme Court.” ( found on http://abortion.procon.org ) It was determined that the right to choose abortion was a fundamental right in 1973. I understand that times have changed but our fundamental rights should never change.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      I agree with you in some ways. abortion is a huge topic.
      But the government should add some restrictions so it is safer for the women
      “PBS NewsHour video it says ” vet clinics are cleaner than abortion clinics, ”
      They should make it cleaner and have a set of rules you have to follow.
      So it’s safer for the mother

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      I agree with you completely Ian. Woman gained this right like Kara said in 1973 when the court case of Roe vs Wade started because of this and lets not forget…

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      I agree with you but do you think that the men in the gov’t should be able to vote on the ladies behalf. I believe that they can do that if they took a poll.

    • ChristenW_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree, however, I do think that the pregnant woman should go through counseling before she comes to the decision to get an abortion, because often times a woman is unsure of her decision and a counselor might help her to not only have a choice, but to choose the best choice.

    • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

      I agree but disagree. What if the woman is perfectly capable of having the child but wants the abortion just because she simply doesn’t want it? Where is the morality in this? I think abortion is all about the child. If the child is going to grow up in a nice home with enough money to be supported, then why abort it? There is no moral reason.

    • Nicholas_M_Period1

      I agree. Abortion should be legal because there are times when consent was not involved when the woman became pregnant. It is unfair to make this woman go through having this baby and they should not have to suffer through that pain.

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      Ian, I agree that the government shouldn’t rule over the people, but they should make guidelines so that its not so unsafe.

  • Melody_M_2boydbence

    in my personal opinion i believe a woman should have the option to choose what she does with her child. in the end its her body and its her choice. In 2011, approximately 1.06 million abortions were preformed in the U.S, down from an estimated 1.21 million abortions in 2008, 1.29 million in 2002, 1.31 million in 2000 and 1.36 million in 1996. From 1973 through 2011, almost 53 million legal abortions have occurred in the U.S. most women want an abortion because they belive a child would get in the way of work/school or other responsibilities, others say they cannot afford a child, the last percentage of women say its because of problems with their spouse. nearly 95% of all abortions preformed are done by professionals in a safe environment. with all the information provided one could see why i think abortion is completely up to the mother.

  • NWeix-1stboydbence

    I think that the government should do something to help the situation. In my honest opinion, I feel that limiting the access to abortion makes it even worse, as they pursue illegal and dangerous methods out of desperation. For example, on PBS NewsHour it was revealed that a man named Kermit Gosnell was being charged with 4 counts of Murder due to having performed illegal abortion acts on women who had no choice due to them being past 24 weeks. This happens all the time, all as a result of limited abortion access. Thus I feel the government should take action to allow abortion to people who want/need it.

  • Miguel_A_Period2

    Abortion is a medical procedure. Like most medical procedures, there are regulations set by government facilities in order to keep abortion safe. However, some regulations are put in place as a means of wasting time and forcing people to give up by making it difficult to meet ludicrous standards,
    “But what we are seeing Charmaine’s group push for are arbitrary restrictions, the width of the hallway. The width of the hallway has no bearing on the medical care that a woman can get, the number of parking spaces”, (Ilyse Houge, PBS NewsHour).

    If the governments are willing to create a safe medical procedure instead of bullying clinics, then they should put a stop to faulty and unsafe medical clinics and create legitimate restrictions and standards for the good of women’s health.
    Governments should stop abortion only when there is a flaw in the format, not a flaw in the function.

  • David_N_2

    Another sign!

  • BellaP_3boydbence

    Yes, the federal government should be involved in making sure a woman can safely choose to terminate her pregnancy as is her legal right since the Roe vs Wade case in 1973. Also, the government needs to protect the clinic staff workers and volunteers. Some taxpayers feel that the government should not assist a woman who is financially unable to afford an abortion because of the expense which averages approximately $500 per abortion. However, if a mother cannot even afford an abortion, then her unwanted child will have to be on welfare, and the costs for taxpayers will be far more. But really it would benefit taxpayers and especially women if the government would support organizations like Planned Parenthood that provide birth control to women who end up pregnant because they cannot afford it.

  • CarlosR_3BoydBence

    Both federal and state government should not be able to fully stop a woman from getting an abortion. I do think that there should be state restrictions though. Usually abortions are done before 24 weeks into the pregnancy, either by pills or vacuum aspiration (reminder those are most common for 24 weeks). Both are scary and have their own risks, but so do most other medical procedures. That’s why I believe it should be the job of the states to put their own restrictions on abortion. Many “Pro-Life” arguments are moral and religious based, according to the Pro-Con resource provided by KQED.

  • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

    The government should get involved in the abortion crisis. There are many facts that consists with this statement. “According to the constitution everyone has unalienable rights.”(ProCon.org) Babies are considered humans when conception occurs during the pregnancy. Conception meaning the baby begins breathing. It is not right for the baby to have no say in the matter. Killing babies is wrong and adoption is always an option. I was adopted myself and I am thankful I was given the opportunity to live. Abortion not only harms the baby but it can harm the child. Abortion can increase the woman’s chances of getting breast cancer and future miscarriages. “Late-term abortion is hard on a woman’s body and cause infections and death.”(PBS news-hour) “2 women have died because of heath reasons.” It not only harms a woman physically but mentally. A woman who aborts is 154% more likely to commit suicide. As you can see, without government involvement many problems can occur.

  • emily_p_2shuttleboydbence

    The government should not be allowed to tell a woman she can’t have an abortion. It is her body, it is her choice. There are times when a woman was not expecting to have a baby. For instance she could have been raped. “Roughly one in three unintended pregnancies result in an abortion..” It isn’t the governments job to get involved in situations like this. It is a private matter that should be held between the woman and her doctor. Not the government. The woman may also not be able to carry the baby. It could affect her health. Carrying the baby could make her very ill and possibly kill her. By telling the woman that she cant’t have an abortion, the government could be affecting the health of a woman. So it is not the governments job to get involved.

  • DevonD_2boydbence

    I believe that the gov`t needs to stop abortion. That someone really needs to step in. These women need to realize that they are getting rid of an unwanted child that could easily be loved by someone else. Hundreds of families our on waiting lists waiting to receive a child which may take 5-10 years to get. I realize women have a right their own body. But if they really don’t want to have a child than they need to make better decisions. They could easily either not have sex at all or have safe sex and be saving an unborn child s life. These women don’t think about what they really are doing not only to the the fetus but to themselves. I know that even having a child can hurt your body too but its better than giving up a child that you never knew. The Government NEEDS to step in because not only abortion the wrong path to take but a regretful one too.

  • JasminR_3BoydBence

    The government
    shouldn’t be able to stop women from getting an abortion. Women should have the
    option to choose abortion. “When it comes to a woman’s health no
    politician should get to decide what best for you.” -Barack Obama. The
    government strengthen the laws. Example the government should create legal and
    safe abortion clinic. This would reduce injury and death, and prevent women
    from going to “Back-alley” abortion clinic. http://abortion.procon.org/
    says “in 2006 68,000
    maternal deaths each year in countries where abortion is Illegal.” The Last point an abortion can be performed
    should be decided by state, like
    how New Mexico has no time restriction and Texas is 20 weeks. When government
    funding are used for medical abortions should be decided by the state just like
    it is now. Texas provides funding in cases of life endangerment, rape and
    incest. While Arizona funds all or most is medical necessary abortions. The
    government shouldn’t stop abortions, but control and enforce some laws to make
    it safe for women.

  • Sierra Spring

    I don’t think that we have the right to take away a woman’s option to get an abortion, because that would be her decision. Victims to rape may not be ready to take on a child; they may also learn to not love the baby, because it is the rapist’s child. Some people that get pregnant just are not ready to be parents, whether it be low income or young age. However, I do think that they shouldn’t be allowed to get an abortion after 6 weeks (as said in the video). Personally, I don’t care how I get pregnant; I will never take a child’s life, but that is my decision not everyone else’s.

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      Sierra,
      I agree that rape victims might not be ready or might be traumatized. However you have to keep in mind, out of everyone who gets abortions only 1% are rape victims or women physically unable to give birth. Before a load of research, my opinion was identical to yours, “I will never take a child’s life, but that is my decision not everyone else’s.” There are 115,000 abortions daily and if 99% of them “just aren’t ready,” that’s their own fault. I feel awful for saying it, but they had the responsibility to not get pregnant, and now they should have to deal with the consequences. If someone isn’t able to support a child financially, I find adoption is a way better choice than killing it. The women should have a right to her own body, yes, but her right is getting pregnant or not. After that, the child has the right to a future other than the one you chose for him or her because they were unwanted.
      I think the government needs to put laws in place to prevent the unnecessary amount of abortions. These might include limiting abortions to rape victims and those women who cannot give birth, make counseling mandatory before any abortion, and not allowing abortions after a set amount of time.

    • Tosterhout_period2_boyd_bence

      i disagree i think they should be able to have restriction on the abortion like after a certain number of weeks they should be able to say that you can no longer have an abortion because they have a heart beat they are alive so it the same as killing someone

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      I agree with you completely. People should keep their personal opinion to themselves, and should be doing something for the greater good for the humanity.

    • ChristenW_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree, except I think that maybe the pregnant woman should have a little while longer to decide, such as 20 weeks, when the baby’s brain starts working. THe idea of abortions breaks my heart, but I understand why women feel the need for abortions. Maybe sometimes they should go through counseling first?

    • ChristineP_4BoydBence

      I agree with you, Sierra. Check out this info graphic! It helps explain your points but more in depth.

    • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

      I agree with you Sierra. If a woman is raped and gets pregnant, then the government should allow her to get the abortion. If the woman was sexually abused, then the government has no right to keep her from the abortion.

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      Sierra I understand where your coming from, how everyone one should be able to make there own decision, but adoption is an option instead of basically killing the baby. The government should at least set restrictions if they are going to allow abortion.

    • http://otakubosschick.tumblr.com/ JulieB_2_BenceBoyd

      Sierra,
      I see how the mothers decision is a right but but taking another living being life is going against the unalienable right to life. Victims of sexual assault that choose to have the baby don’t have to keep the baby, they can put it up for adoption.

  • JohannaS_BoydBence2

    I think that abortion should be made illegal. However, if this law were put in place, it raises the question about rape victims, and incest, and women who are not able to carry a child and might die from giving birth. These types of abortions are referred to as “hard case abortions.” I’ll come back to this later. There’s countless reasons to reconsider an abortion. 17% percent of women who’ve had abortions, later have problems with giving birth in subsequent pregnancies. Sharon Osborne is one of these people. She had and abortion when she was 17. When she tried having children, she lost 3 because the abortion had damaged her to be unable to give birth. Women who get abortions are at a greater risk of breast cancer, are 154 times more likely to commit suicide, and are 5 times more likely to have issues with substance abuse.
    115,000 abortions happen daily, and out of these, ONE percent are the hard case abortions. Of these people, “A survey by the Elliot Institute showed that of 192 women who were impregnated by rape 80% of the women who chose to have an abortion regretted aborting their child,” (azrtl.org) and one third of all women who have abortions regret it.
    For all of these reasons I think abortion should be made illegal. Of course if abortion is made illegal, there are going to be back alley abortions. If it is not possible to make abortion illegal altogether, there should at least be some laws put in place. They should make abortion centers meet the same criteria that hospitals are held to, and put a few restrictions on it. They should make everyone have counseling, so they know all the statistics I’ve listed and more. They should also put a limit to how far into pregnancy you can get an abortion. There are so many failed abortions of people waiting so long to abort. Amillia Sonja Taylor, born Oct. 24, 2007 after just under 22 weeks in the womb, is alive and well today. There are children born at 5 months that survive, yet it’s still legal to have an abortion that late in 42 of the states.
    If it were 100% up to me, abortion would only be available to rape victims or people who have a chance of dying if they deliver a baby.

  • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

    The Government should not be able to stop a
    woman from getting an abortion. I am against abortion, I agree it is murder and
    it is wrong, But some women have no other choice but to get an abortion. In
    some cases the women can’t help the baby financially, and putting the baby up
    for adoption so it can actually have a life is the best idea. Some people that
    are not able to have a baby would love to take in children. In other situations
    the mother’s life is threatened by the pregnancy and she could die because of it,
    so could the child. What if the woman was raped? She should have the choice to
    abort or not. The government should put some restrictions on the abortion
    procedures, for example after 12 weeks (the first trimester) they are not
    allowed to abort. They have the first 3 months to decide. If the government
    stops abortion, women will turn to the illegal abortions, and that is very
    unsafe. If the government wants to get involved, they can just add
    restrictions, that is the best option.

  • EmilyA_Per3_boydBence

    Honestly, the government should not intervene with how women live their lives. If a woman cannot afford the baby, is too young to have a baby, does not know how? LEt her make the choice wether or not she keeps the baby.

  • DorianM_3boydbence

    The government should be able to
    stop abortion. They should be able to stop women from
    doing this terrible thing to their unborn child. In
    the PBSNewsHour video above it says
    “In North Dakota once its determined that there is heartbeat, the
    woman is not allowed to get an abortion. . I agree with that law in North
    Dakota. you shouldn’t be able to kill something that is
    living that is murder. Abortion is not safe in the PBS NewsHour video it says ” vet
    clinics are cleaner than abortion clinics, ” Women have died because
    of Abortion. In are society people dont like being told what to do.
    They want to do whatever they want to do.But we should put are foot down and
    get the government involved .Therefore,YES: Gov’t should STOP abortion

  • PeytonP_4BoydBence

    When it comes to the topic of abortion I have very mixed feelings but, I have come to the consensus that abortion is a women’s choice, not a politicians. If a mother wants to get an abortion it should be her and her families choice. How would you feel if people could make your decisions for you? You most likely wouldn’t like it, would you? That’s how these women feel. Now, I do not personally agree with the idea of abortion, but it’s not fair to make that decision for someone else. Many people do not think of why these woman get the procedure done. No, it doesn’t always mean that they are inconsiderate people, who could care less about a child. There are cases of women being raped and don’t want the constant reminder of that day. Or they have medical conditions, and it is safer not to have the child than to have it. If abortion wasn’t the topic, I still would believe that the government should not have right to make our personal decisions for us.

  • IsabellaV_3boydbence

    The government should not be able to stop a women from having an abortion. That is a personal and medical choice that is and “70% of Americans believe that these are decisions that are best made by women, their families, and their doctors” said by Ilyse Hogue in the PBS NewsHour. Women should have the choice whether they want to have an abortion or not. Although the government should put restrictions on when the women can abort the pregnancy. The government should help abortion clinics meet up to the same standards as other medical facilities.

  • Guest

    Tj, I somewhat agree with you. I think the government should place restrictions on how late an abortion can be performed. Yes, a woman should be able to choose what occurs in her own body, but say after a certain amount of weeks, or once a heart beat is heard, the gov’t should prohibit an abortion.

  • Maeve_K_Period2

    The government should place restrictions how late an abortion can be performed. I think that once a heartbeat is heard, there is indeed life and to end that life would be murderous. Yes, sometimes there are instances where a woman is raped and has to make the decision weather she wants to carry on through the pregnancy, but there is always the option of adoption. However, if a woman doesn’t think that she can deal with pregnancy, than she shouldn’t be allowed to abort after a certain amount of time.
    Also, the Supreme Court ruling in 1973 which permits abortion defies the 14th amendment. Here is a key clause from this amendment: “No person is allowed to be deprived of life, liberty,or property without “due process of law.” All in all, restrictions should be placed on how late a woman can abort her child.

    Here is a thought provoking pro-life slogan: “A woman has a right to her own body, even if she’s still in the womb.”

  • ClaireG_4boydbence

    The FEDERAL government should pass a law that legalizes abortion across the nation, however it also needs to state that all abortion clinics will be regulated and held to the same standards as all surgery centers. Some women, who have consensual sex, wish to have the child however, due to medical reason, continuing with the pregnancy could cause serious complications or even be life-threatening. Also, consider a woman who has been sexual assaulted and is impregnated. If you were in her position, would you want to have a 9 month reminder of the terrible event you experienced? The government, in other words politicians, should not be given the right to tell a women what she can and cannot do with her body. I do not believe in abortion as a form of birth control and I believe that in only certain circumstances, is an abortion appropriate. However, just as a politician should not be able to tell a women what she can cannot do with her body, I should not have that right either. Passing a law legalizing abortion on a Federal level, allows women, their families, and their doctors to make the decision.

  • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

    I live in America, where we have the right of choice. Where a woman should have the right to make her own decisions, especially regarding her own body. Personally, I don’t know if it is morally right or wrong and I don’t know when a baby is technically alive, but that is not the issue. Whatever decision a woman makes she will have to live with any consequences that may come from it. The point is that she has the right to
    choose and that shouldn’t be taken away. In many states they have certain
    restrictions on abortion, for example “26 of these states also require women to wait a specified amount of time—most often 24 hours— between the counseling and the abortion procedure.” (found on http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/spibs/spib_MWPA.pdf
    ) If any restrictions should be made, it should be this one. With this, they
    would still get to choose, and they would really get to think about what they
    are doing. Although I don’t love the idea of the government getting involved
    with this, I think this specific restriction would benefit many of the women and
    help them make the choice that is right for them.

  • Ryan_R_2BoydBence

    The government should not have a say in abortion. They have no right to take away the right from us. They gave up the choice of having the freedom and voice to make that decision on our own, so why would they take that away? Most women who have abortions cannot finically support their child. Every 2 minuets another women is sexually assaulted. If a women is raped, she should fully have the right to abort her child. And even if she wasn’t raped, and doesn’t want the child she should still get the choice to be able to. It’s her body and she should know whats best for her. The government should have no say on what happens to YOUR body.

  • Tosterhout_period2_boyd_bence

    the government should have the power to tell a woman that they can’t have a abortion after a certain number of week like after a heart beat is detected then it is for sure alive at that point the government should have the right to tell a women no you can no longer have an abortion the most common need for an abortion is finical and they need to know have an abortion before said number of week and heart beat but they must also learn what the damages and problem that are cause from getting abortions.so the government should be aloud to tell women when not to get abortion.

  • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

    I think that the government ( federal or state) shouldn’t stop women from getting an abortion. I think that decision should be made between the women, the doctor, and her family. In some instances such as rape/ sexual assault the women had no control over the situation. The government have no business to tell women that she shouldn’t get an abortion. ” Many women who choose abortion don’t have the financial resources to support a child.” This is from procon.org. The government doesn’t know the women’s situation. In Texas there are only 5 abortion clinics that meet the ridiculous abortion clinic regulations. 92% of Texas counties have no abortion provider. Should there be restrictions on the abortion process? Yes, I think that women cannot get a abortion after their 1st trimester. During the 1st trimester the baby is developing and growing. The baby is also very small.

  • MaxP_3boyd_bence

    The state government makes a lot of our decisions today, they decide whether we should pass laws, increase taxes, or raise minimum wage. And now they should control whether or not women can have an abortion. Just like any other law, it’s difficult to be passed and agreed upon by the entire nation. So being realistic, the law would have more success and a higher chance of being accepted by individual states, rather than purposing to the entire federal government and having the law vetoed. The state government should get involved and create laws that will prevent women from having abortions after a certain amount of time. This will be able to stop
    people from late abortions, and will allow people who have made mistakes in their life to still be able to control their future. An acceptable amount of time is when heartbeat is detected. This is amount of time varies for each being, but averages at about 6-7 weeks. A safe way of being positive you are pregnant is to go to the hospital. In wondering how old you fetus is hospitals will have an ultra-sound. This machine can detect if there is a heartbeat, how old your fetus is, how big your fetus is, and your due date. This should be a mandatory process for abortion, this will decide whether or not it is legal for you’re to have one or not. These steps will make abortions safer, more humane, and consequently better for each state that approves it, other than having a possibility of being vetoed by the federal government. That is why the only the state government should be able to make decisions about abortions.

    This link below shows what stats have agreed on and and doing about abortion now;

    http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/03/27/abortion

  • CallieH_2BoydBence

    “In 2013 alone, state legislatures enacted 70 laws restricting abortion access, ranging from bans on abortions at 20 weeks post-fertilization to limitations on insurance coverage for abortions. ” This is stated in the article.

    While control is necessary, it should not be this type. While I believe the government should have some control, it is not their place to say if, when, how, or why a woman can have an abortion. Think about it. Most politicians are male, upper-class people. While they may have kids, they don’t realize how demanding it may be to stay at home all day, dress and feed and make sure they all do what they need to. Obviously they know how costly kids can be, but not the demand because they don’t stay home with them all day. If the parent staying home is working full-time, then it becomes harder to take care of their kids. This is, only if we assume that there are two parents. Let’s assume that the children are not at public school age. School may or may not be an option, depending on the area.

    These and various other factors all contribute to the decisions to have an abortion or not. There may be medical conditions, cases of rape, incest, domestic abuse, all different aspects must be considered. I, being female, know that if I was raped I’d probably go get a back-alley abortion if it wasn’t legal to get one. Many women just do it DIY-style.

    The fact of the matter is that it may be a necessary thing, for various reasons. Pregnancy is very traumatic, and not everyone can handle it. However, even ignoring all the rest of the facts, we must also consider that conditions in these clinics are deplorable. Veterinary clinics are in better conditions and those are for our animals. First of all, we need to fix the conditions of these clinics if we aren’t going to ban abortion.

    Go look at Kermit Gosnell. I read the case files. 230 pages of horror. The whole industry needs reform, and if we aren’t going to keep it just go ahead and scrap the whole thing. At least at first, regulation needs to be heavy, so that the conditions can be better, and then, if needed, we can relax a little bit. However, heavy inspections, cleanliness checks, procedure safety, all needs to be helped.

  • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

    I believe that the government should get involved and put guidelines for abortion and the clinics.without the guid lines and things the newly made clinics may not become sanitary and the risks of having a abortion could get worse or not get any better. I think that the government should offer equal voting for or against abortion so that everyone get a say in it. I don’t think that the goverment entering is a bad thing because they are there to protect us and aborting is risking/taking the life of 2 people and the child and the mother.

  • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

    I believe that the government should not be able to intervene and say what goes in this matter. The choice should be made by the woman and or both parents what they should do. Women have the right to decide whether or not they want to have an abortion as stated “A woman’s right to choose abortion is a “fundamental right” recognized by the US Supreme Court. The landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade was decided on Jan. 22, 1973, and remains the law of the land.” (http://abortion.procon.org/). The government should not be able to decide for the women what they want to do with their child. The only thing that the government should do is what like many other people have said about placing a law on how long the woman can wait after the baby is declared to have a heart beat.

  • taylor shropshire

    The Government should not stop abortion they should just make restrictions and guidelines that are reasonable. It i a women’s choice what she does with her body and is she gets pregnant she should be allowed to abort. If a girl were to get raped and end up pregnant then she may not want to be carrying that baby around as a constant reminder! If a teenage girl has a baby she is more lily to drop out out school and not go to college because of her baby. I know people think that its killing a human being and its murder and maybe it is but that just says if you don’t want an abortion don’t have one! “Just because you don’t like peas doesn’t mean you can stop me from eating them”- My fellow student Alice said in our debate it really made me think about it! I may not personally get an abortion but i won’t stop you from getting ones!

  • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

    I believe that the gov should not be able to stop abortions, but i think that they should have guide lines for the abortion clinics. These guide lines would make the clinics cleaner and safer for every one.

  • RaagP_4BoydBence

    I believe that the gov’t should not interfere with abortion laws. I feel like the gov’t should let abortion be, for it doesn’t affect anyone except fot the person getting an abortion. Also, according to (http://abortion.procon.org/) a site, it is illegal for Texas and other states to put 20 week periods or how many ever weeks. That fascinates me. Why would TX be doing stuff illegal. I also believe that since the gov’t positions consist of mostly men, they wouldn’t be the best people do make that decision. If we got a few women from each state to vote, that would be more appropriate.

  • Guest

    I think that the government shouldn’t be able to tell a woman to get an abortion or not. It’s between the woman, doctor, and her family. The government doesn’t have the right to tell us what to do with our lives. We all are capable in thinking what the difference between right and wrong is. But I feel that government should place limited restrictions on having abortions, such as having licensed doctors, counseling provided, etc. In the video above, some states, such as North Dakota, have already banned abortion and women have found back alley clinics or illegal clinics. Here is a sign I have created:

  • Shemar_D_2BoydBence

    The government shouldn’t control all aspects of having an abortion. They should allow it and let that be it, however the states can have the restrictions they want. The restrictions should be up to the state. If someone in California wants an abortion 3 months in but it’s not allowed there, they shouldn’t be screwed they have the right to go to another state and get an abortion that’s their decision. Letting the states regulate it allows the states to listen to what the majority of their population want and let it happen.

  • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

    I think that the government shouldn’t be able to tell a woman to get an abortion or not. It’s between the woman, doctor, and her family. The government doesn’t have the right to tell us what to do with our lives. We all are capable of thinking what the difference between right and wrong is. But I feel that government should place limited restrictions on having abortions, such as having licensed doctors, counseling provided, etc. In the video above, some states, such as North Dakota, have already banned abortion and women have found back alley clinics or illegal clinics. Here is a sign I have created:

  • ChristenW_Per4_BoydBence

    Since the constitution says that people have a right to their bodies, a baby inside a woman really can give a woman more danger than she would normally be in. Despite my personal views on abortion, I don’t think that the government should be allowed to stop abortion, since the majority (70%) of the US does not believe that abortion should be stopped, plus if a woman really does not want to have a baby, it is not us that are being forced to have a baby, possibly risking our lives. However, for the safety of the person who is having an abortion, there should be requirements for the clinics, such a safe equipment, etc,.. Also, if it is late in the pregnancy, an abortion is necessary, and the baby can feel pain, it should be made sure that the abortion is not painful for the baby.

  • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

    I think the federal government should be involved in abortion. They shouldn’t make it illegal, but regulate it. Abortion clinics should be held to the same standards that all other medical establishments are. If they make them illegal there will be an increase in illegal abortions, which are held to no safety standards leading to more death. It should be the federal government regulating because it gives a broader spectrum of people and it isn’t as based on religion instead of something like Utah where the population is predominantly mormon.

  • Brent_L_Per1

    I don’t think that it’s the governments decision on whether or not a woman can get an abortion. The government doesn’t interfere with the sale of birth control or plan b, so why would it be any different with abortion? If a woman doesn’t feel like she is ready to have a baby why would the government be able to have any say in that? It’s not like making it illegal would prevent it anyway, many woman who can’t get a legal abortion die from getting a dangerous “back alley” abortion. The government restricting abortion would just lead more women down this dangerous. If the government really wants to protect its people they should not change the legal status of abortion, but rather the federal government should work on a set of regulations for clinics so they have one central rule book to follow.

  • KshitijK_2BoydBence

    I think government should limit their control on abortion. They should make sure the facility is certified and safe, but they should not control abortion, because if they do, women will go to unsafe measure to get abortion. So they should try their best to make sure the woman can have safe abortion.

  • SpencerH_4

    making abortion illegal will result in women seeking the illegal abortion options. The government shouldn’t have a say in what we can and can’t do. There are circumstances in which the mother has no choice but to abort. what happens when a girl is raped? and doesn’t want to give it for adoption. The government should not be able to tell the woman she can not abort the baby when it wasn’t even her intention in the first place It is her body and it is her choice. The government shouldn’t have right to control over a woman personal health choices. I personally think abortion is okay, and is a personal choice, so for those you don’t find it okay, then they don’t have to have one. Let girls have the choice over their life.

  • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

    The government should be in charge of making sure that the clinics have a set of guide lines that the facilities should abide by. Making sure that it is safe and clean for those that are being operated on, but when it comes to making the decision of whether or not abortion can be done should be that of those effected by it such as the mother, father, and family it shouldn’t be made by those that in office it’s not their business to do that.
    As heard in the video above the pro-choice women states that 75% of the Population support abortion.

  • Nicholas_M_Period1

    I do not believe the government should be able tell a woman that she can not have a baby. I
    believe this because when it is illegal some people will still try to get an abortion illegally and it is often not safe. This has lead to the deaths of thousands of women. To protect women like this we need to legalize abortion. One woman dies every 7 minutes because of an unsafe abortion (http://www.womenscenter.com/abortion_stats.html). Also 17% of all abortions are performed on teenagers (http://www.womenscenter.com/abortion_stats.html). If they had to go through with having the baby their whole life would be ruined. Most likely they wouldn’t complete their schooling and they wouldn’t be able to get a job. Their life would spiral out of control. Finally Abortion should be legal because only 0.3% of legal abortion patients have complications (http://www.womenscenter.com/abortion_stats.html). This goes back to the illegal abortions. The benefits would out weigh the negatives.

  • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

    Regarding whether the government should be able to stop women from getting abortion, I believe that although the government shouldn’t make a direct law that stops women from having an abortion, they should set some guidelines. Maybe some federal laws that are very basic (no abortion after second trimester begins, the procedures have to be done with some outlines, etc.) and then there can be laws on the state level that can further regulate abortions. For those saying that the government should intervene because of the health risks that come with it, attached is a chart of the number of women that die from abortion each year. There is also a website that talks about myths of abortion and shows how they’re busted, one of them being, “Abortion is more dangerous than natural child birth.” This was proved to be false. And for others who don’t want to have their taxes going towards something that they don’t believe in doing, people today pay taxes for things that don’t apply to them. Everyone in my city has to pay taxes for our public library even if they don’t go to the library. Same goes for abortion. By paying those types of taxes, even if you won’t utilize what you’re paying for, it’s mandatory because you live there and this way, you’ll always have it available to you. Some may say not to There are also cases of rape and poverty where the woman doesn’t want to keep it because it wasn’t with the person she loved, or she doesn’t have enough money to properly care for it, or both. So if the government should stop abortion to “help” the women, then that’s not always the case. And according to the Constitution, everyone has the right to “…the pursuit of happiness…” and the government doesn’t know what happiness is for each woman.
    Website: http://hmhb-hawaii.org/index.php/information/bookofchoices/myths-about-abortion
    Chart: http://www.guttmacher.org/graphics/gr0601/gr060108c2.gif

  • AlexW_2boydbence

    Well, while the government does not currently and does not want to take any part in abortion, there are people that want to see laws about abortion. If you ask me, the government should not take any part in abortion. If people want to create organizations that ensure the abortions are safe and the clinics are clean. In other aspects there is nothing other than moral issues wrong with abortion and the government needs not to concern themselves with pointless moral issues.

  • JacobG_2_BoydBence

    I believe that the government should let women have an abortion, for many reasons and facts. One of winch being that a lot of women don’t plan on getting pregnant but they do by rape or incest. In these cases I think that they should have every right to get an abortion, There is no reason that should not be able to get one. Its not there fault in these situations nor should they be punished for it. Also for financial reasons, alot of women do not have the money to raise a child therefore they can not have the baby because not only will it put them in debt but the women is already paying about $1000 to get the abortion so there would be financial problems. These are many cases where the women will accdetially have a baby and thus these problems will arise again. I also believe that there should be restrictions on when and where you ave an abortion. For example if a woman get pregnant at about 14 weeks she can no longer have the abortion she must have the baby. The government should let women have the right to there own body and the choice should be there until a certain time in pregnancy. In the article it states “Five states have moved to adopt tighter abortion regulations,” This meaning that there are more and more states moving there regulations about abortions and they don’t agree with what some women are doing with there bodies. These rules should be taken into consideration and they should be a possible outcome. I believe that women have the right to mos things they do and i think that there should be restrictions but yet there needs to be some freedom.

  • http://otakubosschick.tumblr.com/ JulieB_2_BenceBoyd

    I think that the government should
    be able to stop a woman from getting an abortion because it can cause major
    psychological damage. In the Declaration of Independence it states that ever
    body has an unalienable right for the pursuit of happiness, 51.6% of the women who
    have had an abortion have regret. More than 173,000 of theses women are 154%
    more likely to commit suicide than women who carried to term. 45.2% of the
    women who have had an abortion say they feel sadness and 25.8% experienced
    depression issues. I know what depression feels like, because I was in a state
    of depression at one point in my life. Having an abortion runs deep on your
    emotion, That is why I think that the government should be able to stop a woman
    from having an abortion. So women can be happy and never have to experience any
    of the psychological after math.

    my source: http://abortion.procon.org/

  • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

    With abortion being such a touchy topic, I can understand why people get so defensive about it. Pro-life this and pro-choice that. I get it, I really do. But I’m here to tell you guys that I’m both.
    Before you get confused, let me explain.
    I think the government should not interfere with the woman getting the abortion if she doesn’t have enough money to support it. The reason I say this is because if she can’t afford the child but the government denies her the right to abort it, then she will be stuck paying for something she just can’t afford. With the government already trying to help people in poverty (which is already 16% in America), they would be making the rate go even higher if the mother could not afford to care for her own child. Thus, putting both the mother and child into poverty.
    BUT, if you are healthy enough and financially capable of having the child, then the government should not allow you to abort the child. If the reason for you wanting to abort the child is just simply not wanting it, then shame on you. There is no reason to kill the child.
    So that’s my standpoint on it. It really depends on your situation. THAT’S when the government steps in.

  • ErinB_2boydbence

    The topic of allowing the government to allow or not allow abortion is a debatable topic. I believe that abortion is inhuman and that the government should stop abortion from happening or set strict guidelines. Everyone does have god-given rights and should be allowed to make decisions, but this is not right. Abortion is a very risky procedure that affects two people, the women and obviously the baby. Their are better ways to solve this issue including adoption. I feel that unless you have a medical condition where you can not carry a baby and or your health is at risk then its necessary. The government shouldn’t tolerate people putting there life endanger to abort another human being.
    http://abortion.procon.org/

    http://abortion.procon.org/#Background

    • Trey Sullivan

      Erin,
      I disagree with your statement. First of all, if someone wants to or needs to get an abortion, what does it matter? Just because you don’t like abortion, doesn’t mean that a woman shouldn’t be able to get one. If there were more supporters of abortion, then maybe the techniques and technology associated with them would improve and lower the risk level of them. Also, there is a problem with your suggestion of adoption. There are already many children already in foster care that don’t get adopted. Imagine if all abortion was outlawed except for medical conditions. There would be huge amounts of un-adopted children in foster homes, and that is not a life a child should have to experience.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/fran-moreland-johns/abortion-wars-a-judge-abortion-rights_b_5102925.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

  • MichelleS_3_boydbence

    I believe that the government should be able to stop a woman from getting an abortion because I believe in legislative morality. On the “CNN Battle” it said that 17 states and counting have approved restrictions on abortion. Government should be involved in the decision that women should not be able to have an abortion. We should NOT have to pay taxes to fund other people’s abortion. I do not believe in abortion so why should my taxes fund it?

  • MikeM_3boydbence

    I think the Government should not stop a women from having an abortion. If they do women would so a dumb thing and do a unsafe thing by having an abortion with an un trained doctor who doesnt know what they are doing.

  • JayWolf

    I certainly think that there should be some Government intervention, I understand in cases of rape or were the mothers life is at risk it is necessary, but overall I think that abortion is an evil to help rid the consequence of a sin.

  • Brandon Spencer

    I think it should be up to the attending OB/GYN to decide whether or not a woman should have an abortion, and if a woman is against her doctors wishes, then the police should be contacted to stop it from happening.

  • Joseph Kartchner

    I honestly don’t think that they should stop women from getting abortions. They have the right to choose what they think is best for themselves. If they don’t feel ready for a baby then they have a choice. They should have total freedom with how they choose to go through with things.

  • Forrestofthetrees420

    I do not believe that the gov’t should interfere with anything that a person wants to do in their personal lives. Where do you people get off, telling a woman she cannot get an abortion if she wants one. It’s not like it’s your vagina. The easiest way to say what I’m trying to say, is keep your idiotic, brown nosing faces out of other people’s business.

  • t’ohno’pain

    tj

    i disagree with u here. I believe that a women should be able to get a abortion is she pleases. If a couple had made a mistake or were not paying attention and had a baby i think its there choice in what they’d do. Or if a girl did get raped that’s a whole different ball game, but she should have the choice if she wants to carry through with a kid or get a abortion. Maybe a couple was aware of what they were doing and say used protection but it broke and are now pregnant. i think that this couple should be able to have the choice to get a abortion or not. that is my opinion on this matter.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/25-states-with-most-abortions/

  • Guest

    I don’t think the government, in any way, should be able to tell a woman whether or not she can or can’t have an abortion. Like the best president of all time said: “When it comes to a woman’s health, no politician should be able to decide what’s best for them.” In some cases, having a child would certainly mean the death of the mother, as it often did in times before modern medicine. While this is true, there is the other obvious reason for being pro-choice — rape victims. It’s a common argument to hear: “Abortions are not a humane option. If you didn’t want to have a kid, you shouldn’t have had sex.” Oh, good point! I totally shouldn’t have gotten raped on my way home from work last week, totally my bad. I’m a total dumbass. Not to say that all victims of rape or incest want abortion, because that is surely not the case. In fact, many rape/incest victims feel pressured by their families and co-workers to have an abortion. Really though, it mostly comes down to the adult woman being able to make the choice for herself, and not to have the choice made by the government. We’re not a nation of children, after all.

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/27/argentina-court-rules-14-year-old-rape-victim-can-have-abortion/

  • Chase L

    Tj,
    The issue isn’t whether or not to have sex, the issue is
    what a person does once they are pregnant. A “pregnant women will resort
    to unsafe illegal abortions if there is no legal option.” If the
    government doesn’t allow a safe option for people a black market will appear
    creating more issues than there was to start with, “Access to legal,
    professionally-performed abortions reduces injury and death caused by unsafe,
    illegal abortions.” Even if it is legalized across the country it won’t change
    the percentage of people who will have an abortion by that much, the people who
    really want to will.

    http://abortion.procon.org/

  • Kayce

    This discussion could go either way… Yes people do get raped and the woman have no power over getting pregnant so they shouldn’t have to have the baby of some random man. Some people also have unprotected sex and accidentally get pregnant and they might not have enough money to provide for the child and I believe those people shouldn’t have had sex and should have thought of the consequences if something were to happen. But in all, it should be the woman’s choice weather to keep the baby or to abort it. But I would never, and I hate to even think about the thought of someone killing another person no matter how they were conceived.

    • Erik L.

      I agree with your points. If a woman gets raped, it should be legal for them to have an abortion. Along with having the option in the first trimester. Some people live it up to morals, and some leave it up to religion, in the end it should be the woman’s choice because it’s going to affect her in the end.

    • Caitlin

      I totally agree with you Kayce.

  • Stephanie

    The issue about abortion has both its negative and positive sides. If someone chooses to have an abortion, it should be their own choice. If they do not want to deal with an abortion, they don’t have to do it. A person should not be limited to their choices of an abortion because of someone else’s vote.

    • Kayce

      preach

  • Fernyindahouse

    I believe that it should be legal because its their choice to do whatever they want with their body. If it doesn’t hurt anybody else or affect them then why do people get involved?

  • Alyssa

    I believe that people shouldn’t have the choice to choose if they want abortion because they already had the choice to choose if they got pregnant and didn’t use protection or birth control. If a person doesn’t want their baby when they are born they should give it up for adoption.

  • Ciara

    I believe that abortion should be legal with certain restrictions. Many religious people think that abortion is absolutely wrong, which is okay. People can believe what they want, but they should not force their opinion on other people. I think that abortion should only be allowed during the first trimester of their pregnancy, under any circumstances. Making abortion completely illegal would then make people start to have unsafe abortions.

    • Bianca

      I agree with you opinion, although in my religion abortion is not allowed but i do agree that abortion should be legal with certain restrictions like only during the first trimester or if they have been raped so that they aren’t forced to have a child that you never chose to have or get pregnant, however there are other options like adoption and not just having to get an abortion.

  • kelly

    Abortion should be your choice, if you are against it then don’t do it. if you are okay with the fact of getting an abortion then do what you want because its your body. You know what your beliefs are so stick with them, you can never force anybody to follow your beliefs.

  • Sela Leon

    Abortion is your choice. It is your body and you should be able to decide what your choice will be. If a girl is pregnant from consensual sex or not it is their choice. If abortion were to be illegal girls would go out and get abortions from untrustworthy clinics or doctors because they’re desperate and have no where else to go. Broken condoms, ineffective birth control, etc. could result in an unexpected pregnancy that they tried to prevent that was not in anyway their fault.

  • Erik

    Although I am against abortion because of my religion and morals — I believe that abortion should be legal, because it is a choice to women. If it is legal, it does not mean that you have to do it. In other words, if you disagree with abortion, do not do it. If abortion is made illegal, women would still do it, and the doctors to do it wouldn’t be as skilled. Just like illegal drugs, they are illegal, yet people still use them.

  • Jada

    Abortion should be legal with restrictions because many people often abuse the privilege of having the option. There are some women who get abortions one after another. With the exception of the risk many couples have to take, abortion should be available for those who are not capable of supporting a child. Some women can not have a baby without a risk of damaging their baby therefor, they should be able to protect themselves. Abortion should not be taken lightly because there are many false side but there are sides that are positive. The process of abortion could give people another chance at life with the conscious of knowing the consequences. Abortion is a two way street however, each side needs to take in the opinion of the other. You may or may not agree with abortion for any reason but, it should be allowed for those who need it. There is never going to be a full agreement or understanding of it but not everyone thinks, believes, or takes the same actions. Abortion is a personal decision.

  • Vanessa

    Abortion is a debatable issue in which people have many different views. Every person is entitled to their own opinion. Abortion is a personal decision and should be available to women with no other option. If you are against abortion, its your own choice not to end a life.

  • Sydney Fox

    I do not morally believe in abortions, but I do think other people should be able to decide for themselves. Some women physically can’t have children, or there could be complications with the fetus. Rape victims also should be able to decide if they want to terminate the pregnancy. Women in these situations should be able to make their own decisions.

  • lizeth

    What you believe in is your decision, so if you you are against abortion then simply do not have one. Just because abortion is against some peoples beliefs doesn’t mean everyone should be forced to have a child that they might not be able to give a good and stable life to. Whether or not abortion is banned it doesn’t mean it will stop people from getting them, people will go to unsafe and illegal processes to get it done. Everyone has their own opinion and i think that we should respect that.

  • Alexandra

    I think it should be illegal in general because they’re still killing a living soul, it’s not just a lump of tissue, it’s more than that. I feel that if women or teenage girl should have unprotected sex, they should take the responsibility for the baby. Now, if it’s a rape victim, they could either give birth to the child and raise it, or there are other choices like adoption. The baby should not take responsibility for your mistake.

  • jadzilla

    people should be able to do as they please. many women do not want to bring a child into the world because they know they will lead a miserable life. some teens are having children while they’re still children. i’m not saying whether abortion is right or wrong. im saying women should be able to decide whether they want to bring a child into the world or to kill it before it has life. imagine if you had a child at 15 would you want to raise a child?

  • Shelby.B

    i believe that everyone has a right to their own opinion about abortion, just because one person has religious beliefs that are against abortion it shouldn’t diminish the right to others to have an abortion. There are so many situations that a person could be in that makes them incapable of caring for a child, i believe that everyone should have the option.

  • Kierstyn W

    My opinion on this topic is if your responsible to have sex, then your responsible to have a child. I mean if you were sexually abused that’s different because that was against your will. But think of all the girls out their who cant have babies and i’m not saying everyone does but theirs some teens that give up their baby because their not ready to be a parent. But yet you were able to have sex. This is my opinion!

    • ya girl ave$

      RT !!!

  • osvaldo

    I believe that abortion should be illegal but there should be somewhat of an exception because not all women decide to have sex. There are women that get raped and are being forced to have sex and only under that circumstance should you have the choice to have an abortion. Deciding this type of situation is difficult because many factors come into play.

  • Justin R.

    I believe that women should be able to decide if they want a child or not. Even if rape is involved, women should be able to choose whether or not they want to bring a child into the world if they so choose to do so.

  • ya girl ave$

    I believe abortion should only be legal to people who medically need. For example if you have any complications with your fetus. You won’t be able to carry it I fully understand that but if want to abort it because it’s a “burden” then you need to rethink life. If you are old enough to have sex then you should be old enough to have a baby. I also understand rape victims but there is also adoption. Either way you’re going to live with the fact of being raped. Also having a child is a beautiful thing :)

  • Maritza

    I believe no matter what the circumstance is, abortion should be illegal. It shouldn’t matter what happened whether it was by choice, or not. Either way, abortion is killing a person, an innocent person who has no say in it. If murder is illegal then why should abortion be legal? its the same thing. Abortion is technically murder. I believe abortion is extremely selfish. Rape complicated this situation, i understand that the female may not want to have a child and the thought may terrify them, but it is not the baby’s fault. If the female dosen’t want to have a child they can give it to adoption. There are many families that would love to have an addition or women who can’t reproduce. They would do anything to have a child so why not give it up for adoption instead of terminating it? I think its all around inhumanely thing to do, and i am completely against it. This is just my thought of course.

  • Julissa

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. In my terms, abortion should be illegal but if you believe the opposite it’s entirely alright. If you want to have an abortion have one but if you do not then don’t.

  • Nat$$

    I believe that everyone should make their own choices, it’s really nun of other peoples business what you do or what decision you make. You should do what you think is right for you and the baby. If you know that you can not have the baby then why make the baby’s life miserable.

  • riece

    I understand both sides of the story, but the choice should be left to the mother not the government or other extremists who don’t want to accept the fact that they are not the ones who are pregnant with the heavy weight of bringing a child into this world. In my opinion, abortion during the first trimester should be legal.

    • ya girl ave$

      same reesh

      • ya girl ave$

        well kind of.

  • Anessa

    In my opinion personally, abortion is wrong. If you are woman enough to have sex you are woman enough to take care of your child. Why should the baby pay for your mistake. It is ungrateful to get abortions because many women struggle to get pregnant or can’t get pregnant. I truly believe it is selfish. Although, many might not agree with what I believe everyone is in titled to believe what they want.

    • Fabiola

      I agree with you Anessa, it was their responsibility to do it so they should take care of it.

  • nick

    I believe it should be the mothers choice to do what she wants with her body.

  • Adam<3

    my advice is to use protection if you dont want to have a responsibility ahead of you.

  • comic kid

    I believe that abortion should be illegal because if you abort a child as a fetus its is like killing a child who was born. People think that its all about them but, when you know your about to have a baby their lives should be worth more.The baby should have a life. They should be able to love their baby no matter what.

  • Anessa

    The decision of whether or not someone should be granted the option to abort a baby should be completely up to the individual. If one does not wish for a baby, then yes, I agree they shouldn’t be engaging in any sexual activity but the aim of sex isn’t always to have a baby. Taking measures to prevent a baby (if they do not wish for one) should be enforced, but there’s always that conflict of each of those options not working. As a whole, we are overpopulated as it is and bringing and unwanted child would be unnecessary. Adoption is an option but not all children will be adopted.

  • Isabel

    In my opinion, I believe that woman shouldn’t abort the baby because it’s not the baby’s fault that this mistake happen,but i also believe that if you feel like it’s the right thing to do and you don’t want to have it then go ahead because everyone makes their own decisions.

  • Andrew

    I believe that abortion should be illegal, people have those specific body parts to create a person, so it’s the carelessness of the individuals involved, while extreme cases like rape victims make it difficult to distinguish between whether or not abortion should be allowed for those specific cases. I also know people have their own opinions, and I respect them and their beliefs.

  • Greg

    I do believe in abortion to an extent like what if someone was raped and they ended up being pregnant. I’m pretty sure someone wouldn’t want to have a child if they weren’t ready. I also agree with Lizeth she has some really good points like if you don’t agree with abortion then don’t have one. Another thing what if you were 16 years old would you wanna have a baby?

  • kalysia

    Your opinions are your opinions and mine may be different but I believe that your body is your body what you do and don’t do to it is your business. If you feel you don’t want or cant handle the responsibility and you feel you need to terminate your pregnancy then do it but if you feel you can handle the responsibility then keep the baby. Your body is yours and you should be able to do what you feel is right to it. we should respect their choices.

  • Alondra

    I believe that abortion should be illegal because if you’re willing to have sex you should be women enough to have that child. It’s not the child’s fault that you got pregnant its not that child’s fault you got raped, don’t take it out on the baby it doesn’t have the choice if it wants to live or not, don’t take the life away from a human being. It has no voice no control over it. That is why i believe abortion should be illegal.

    • Maritza

      i completely agree.

  • Hailey

    I do not believe in abortion, but I do think other people should have a choice on weather or not to have one. I think if your not responsible to have a baby then you shouldn’t have one. Some women abuse abortion, and have abortions one after another, but that is there choice. I believe in my opinion that abortion should be legal in tell the first trimester.

  • Darah

    In my opinion I don’t think abortions are right and I would not have one. Because even if you are not financially or mentally prepared to have a child there are other options such as adoption. If you are raped I still don’t believe abortion is the right way to go because its still a baby and it’s not their fault. But at the same time there are people who do not have the same beliefs as me and should have the option to choose.

    • Maritza

      agreed.

  • Mikaela

    I understand that if someone is raped then emotionally it is extremely difficult, but their is still a human beings life at stake. Adoption is still an option and many women are unable to have children. If the person had sex willingly then it should absolutely be illegal because they knew what could have happened and they should take responsibilities for their actions.

  • ryan c

    What you believe in is your own decision but personal opinion but mine is that abortion should be legal and here is why. I do believe that abortion should be legal because unfortunately not everyone plans there pregnancy.

  • Desiree

    I think abortion should be legalized in all states, because many girls get raped all the time and they should be able to make their own decisions. What if these girls had goals and dreams? But now their stuck with a child, and can’t accomplish what they wanted in life. I guess it just depends on the situation. Everything happens for a reason, I believe women should be able to make their own decisions.

  • Kimberly

    Over all, this topic is very controversial. Abortion is a choice, not something that should be forced against someone because of society’s opinions. If you were to get raped and end up being pregnant, you would have to live with the thought of having the child by force. That situation is obviously not your fault. So it would be your choice to have an abortion or not. However, in my opinion, I would not have an abortion because it’s the same thing as blaming them for you now being pregnant. Now if you had sex intentionally and ended up getting pregnant not wanting to be, I would feel the same way even more because that’s your mistake and not theirs. All in all, I believe abortion should be illegal because you’re killing a baby without giving it a chance.

  • Brooke

    I do not believe in abortions. I believe that women should not have an abortion in any circumstance.

  • Andy

    The choice is yours, Everyone either has completely different or similar morals with opinions. I personally feel that it’s no the best decision but people should make their own decisions and have to live with them for the rest of their lives.

  • Raina

    I believe that abortion is wrong no matter what the situation was or is. When a heart beat occurs that indicates life. Some argue that there are specific circumstances as to when abortion is okay, and there is. But where do you draw the line? When is murder declared murder? When the heartbeat stops? When a person draws there last breath? Or is it when you steal away the oppurtunity?

  • Cole Wierman boydbence

    I saw a poster once, it had a pregnant girl on it. It said, “my mom is going to kill me”. The girl was thinking it, and the baby she was pregnant with was thinking it. I thought it made a good point.

  • Kindra Jones

    I think abortion is completely wrong, and should not be done at all, I think if someone is unwilling to put it up for adoption, or keep it, they shouldn’t take the risk of getting pregnant.

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