Conceivingchildren is what makes our world go round. God sent them into this world for areason and it is up to them to make it a better place. From Mother Teresa toMahatma Gandhi, they are great examples of people who have made a difference inhistory. Let’s take this into a different perspective. What if those who made adifference in our world were aborted by their mothers? Our world wouldn’t bethe same.
Others have an outlook that abortions should be illegal in Canada asaborting a fetus is considered murder. Also said is that the fetus is a humanbeing created by God. If a woman is pregnant, she should be ecstatic as Godchose her. A breathing, moving and feeling human being is coming into thisworld for a reason and therefore it shall live.
But we must consider thedifficulties and risks mothers face while pregnant. Every pregnancy can haveits struggles, considering every woman is different. After all, it is theirchoice whether or not to abort the child. 75% of abortion patients strugglewith low income and 50% of teen pregnancies end in abortion. Abortions shouldremain legal in Canada so women have a way out of an unwanted pregnancy due tohealth complications, financial concerns and underage pregnancy. The first reason that women choose to have anabortion is because they found out that the child has health problems and/or adisability.
It is the woman’s choice whether she wants to keep the child. Ifshe decides on abortion, nobody should have any say in it except for theirpartner. After all, carrying a child with issues can be an issue to the motheras well. A mother who found out can result in gaining depression and notknowing what to do with the pregnancy. Regular checkups are important while pregnant becauseit assures health for mother and baby (Government of Canada, 2016).In addition,legalization can benefit women in a situation where the child has healthproblems and/or disabilities. There are many reasons why life with a specialneeds child has its difficulties.
The difficulties can include dedicating yourattention at all times, money spent on travelling for appointments andnecessities meant for that child. Abortion can terminate any hardships womenmay fall upon during and after pregnancy. On the other hand, it can becomequite costly for parents.
Different provinces have special funding for childrenwith special needs. Wendy Haaf explains “Kids with conditions such as cerebralpalsy and Down syndrome, and more “invisible” challenges like ADHD and autismspectrum disorder (ASD), need equipment, services and care that may not becovered by provincial health plans, other government programs or privateextended health insurance” (2015, para.2). Moreover, it is an option to savethe child from suffering throughout life.
If the fetus has problems while inthe womb, it will most likely have problems once a living being. Prenatal testssuch as diagnostic tests include amniocentesis, fetal blood DNA samples andchorionic villus sampling. Other prenatal test includes ultrasounds and isconsidered screening. Knowing what circumstance the fetus is under will helpmothers decide whether they want to bring a fetus into the world. Meanwhile, lowincome mothers have a difficult time providing for their children. If they’renot financially stable or ready, abortion takes action. To live a healthy life,children need nourishment in a way such as love, shelter and proper nutrition.
Mothers who cannot afford a home and to feed cannot guarantee a healthy life.For instance when a mother and a child live in an apartment downtown, motherhas 2 jobs and the grandma babysits during the day. The child never gets to seethe mother as she is providing for their family. The child can feel unloved attimes due to the circumstances. Mothers can feel they cannot give that childtheir all, hence to why they choose abortion.
Similarly, there are women whocannot afford the procedure. If illegal, a mother will have no choice but tokeep a child she cannot afford to properly take care of. The last resort if itwere illegal would be for women to attempt abortion themselves, causing furtherdamage to their own body.
Women who are in the midst of poverty are most likelyto have less healthy pregnancies and deliveries. As well, their babies are mostlikely to have serious health problems ( Zierlier,2012). Also, families whohave their limit of children and cannot afford to support anymore have theirreasons for abortion. They are already supporting children with food, clothes,toys, medical bills and insurance. As an adult, you are dealing with yourmortgage, utilities, vehicle payments and other daily living expenses. On topof that you are paying for food and daily requirements to raise a family.
If acouple who has already 2 or more children conceive another, puts them at riskfor poverty as they have another being to support for the next couple ofdecades. A great amount of parents expressed how they cannot afford to havemore children due to high expenses (Tencer, 2015). Those who cannot bearanother child due to income circumstances should have the right to abortion. In the meantime, giving teenagers the optionto terminate can give them a chance to explore life.
Teenagers are in theexploring stage of their lives. New experiences are among them. Being said,ending up with the wrong person can happen. For instance a young girl can get involvedwith an older teenager that is manipulative and end up raping the girl.
Carrying an unwanted child can cause mental damage such as antepartumdepression and anxiety. Similarly, rape can involve incest as well. Mentionedearlier, incest can lead to health problems and/ or disability due to relatedgenes. Although rape and incest cases are less than 1% (Choice 42, 2011), itcan still occur. Then again, teenage mothers have their whole lives ahead ofthem. Pregnancy can take away learning opportunities which lead to a stable joband bright future. Teens may feel the need to drop out of school to care forthe child if they do not have a next of kin for childcare.
Overall, young mothersare less likely to have completed high school and college (Luong, 2017). There areother options to choose from such as online learning, home school and schoolsmade for teen moms. Furthermore, legal abortions can help a teen stay secure.It is legal for the mother to not tell her guardians, but it is suggested for support.Illegal abortions give no option for what a teen can do to terminate thepregnancy.
They are left feeling depressed, stressed and confused. A suggestionis to use contraceptives as they will help in the long run. The pill isconsidered as the most highly effective way to prevent pregnancy (Rotermann,2015). Taking birth control is a way to prevention as prevention is crucial,but there will always be the option if it falls through. All in all, abortions should be legal inCanada as it assists women who struggle with difficulties in life.
Abortionhelps women who; find out child has health problems, who cannot afford a childdue to insufficient income and gives options for teenagers to terminate as theyhave their whole lives ahead of them.