I’m late for my period. I’ve never had sex willingly. Oh God I hope it wasn’t from that night. How can I live with myself or tell some one my secret. No one will believe me, it was my own boyfriend. It’s my fault anyway, I should’ve wanted to have sex, he told me we were going to get married. Where is he now? He said he’ll love me forever, I need him by my side. I think I’m going to take the test. I can’t be pregnant! How can I explain to the child that I don’t want it. I have major plans like college and meeting my Prince Charming. I don’t want to have a kid, especially since it’s face is going to remind me of the worst night of my life. I can’t be pregnant I’m only 18 years old. I have college to go to next year, I’m not even with Bill anymore.
“NO! STOP!!! PLEASE STOP!!!!” I cried as this “man” took me into his world, one in which I know I didn’t belong.
“ATLEAST PUT A CONDOM ON!! WHO ARE YOU? WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME? PLEASE STOP!!!!” I kept crying and he was in such rage and had such determination that I would succomb to his ways and enjoy the most horrible experience of my life.
So, I’m going to take a pregnancy test. I pray I’m not pregnent. I can’t imagine telling anyone. They know I don’t believe in premarital sex. I still consider myself a virgin. I’ve never told anyone about that night, so if I just end up pregnant, who is going to believe me? I hope my mom stays by myside, I know she is going to be outraged. I hope Bill will put it his two cents in, should I even tell him? Abortions are legal in my state. It seems like a reasonable thing to do. I don’t want to kill my baby or throw him away in the dumpster. I would put it up for adoption, but every morning and night for the next nine months I am going to relive that horrible night. Roe v. Wade was based on this case. In 1973, The state of Texas had outlawed abortions. The Supreme Court declared the law unconstitutional, but refused to order an injuction againts the state. On January 22, 1973, The Supreme Court voted the right to privacy including abortions. In, 1976 Parenthood v. Danforth (Missouri) ruled that requiring consent by the husband and the consent from a parend if a person was under 18 was unconstitutional. This case supported a woman’s control over her own body and reproductive system. Justice William Brennan stated: “If the right to privacy means anything, it is the right of the individual, married or single, to be free from unwanted governmental intrusion into matters so fundamentally affecting a person as the decision to bear or beget a child.” Abortion is one of the most controversial issues in the world today. Everyone has their own individual opinion. I think I’m going to debate the situation. Although, I don’t want to be considered a whore or a murderer, I definately don’t want to be considered a mother to a fatherless child.
First before we get into the many sides of abortion we must first define abortion. Abortion is the destruction of the fetus or unborn child while the child is still in the mothers womb. This can be done by almost anyone from the mother herself to back alley abortions and even to abortions by clinics set up especially for this purpose. There are two sides to this abortion topic the PRO-LIFE which is those who are against abortion altogether and the PRO- CHOICE or those who believe it is the womans right to choose if she wants to have an abortion. These two groups offer different solutions to problem. The pro-life solution is to have the child and basically live with it. They believe abortion is not an answer. The pro-choice solution is abortion because of reasons they feel are appropriate. Although abortion is morally and ethically wrong should it be legal for victims of rape or incest who have no other alternative? There is no real answer to this controversy, there are two sides to it though which have been arguing for many years over the subject.
The first is the pro-life group. This group does not believe in the abortion factor. To understand where the pro-life stands we must first understand its beliefs and reasons for its beliefs. Then we can discuss what their solution to the abortion topic is. Pro-life believes that rape and incest are very emotional topics. “They often elicit throughout the population feelings of revulsion; people draw back from the issue of rape and incest. People don’t know how to handle a person who is in that much pain. There is no quick fix. That is why it is difficult for even pro-life people to come to grips with the argument over abortion in cases of rape and incest.” Some of those who are pro-life will allow abortion in these cases because they don’t know what else they can do for the victim and except it as a rare case. But it is known that allowing abortion in these cases usually does not help the victim, instead it only worsens the problem because the victims needs are not being met. But what the facts suggest is that only a minority of rape and incest victims actually choose abortion. This is where pro-life has its biggest problem. Pro-life states that “Abortion is not usually chosen as the immediate solution for rape and incest victims but that is the prevailing belief of the general population. A woman has been raped and made pregnant: “Oh, she’s got to have an abortion.” No one has studied the rape and incest victims needs; abortion is presumed to fill her needs.” Various studies and research indicate that rape and incest victims fall into a high-risk category of abortion.
The opposition to those who are pro-life, are those who are pro-choice. They believe in a woman’s right to chose to continue with, or terminate a pregnancy. One belief of the
pro-choice movement the legalization of abortion made it safer for those who chose to have them. Women now are provided with a safe clean environemtn in which to have an abortion,
and don’t have to worry about dying from an infection from an unsafe, illegal abortion. They
They also feel that by having the option to have an abortion, that it helps to relieve some of the
psychological and social problems of having an unwanted child.
Another side of abortion is the religious aspect. Most religions see abortion as
being wrong, for a number of different reasons, but the only perspective I can give is the
Catholic religion, because I don’t want to state the beliefs of other religions incorrectly.
The Catholic Church believes that the act of sexual intercourse is to be communitve and
procreative. This means that when people participate in intercourse, they are not only
showing there love for one another, but they know that they could create a new life, and
should cherish it. The church also opposes birth control for this same reason.
In conclusion, my fictional character that opened up this essay has alot of descisions to make. I feel she should talk things over with her mother and go for an abortion. She is going through alot of trauma as it is. In cases of un-planned pregnancy when both sides are equal in wanting to consummate their love by having sex, protected or unprotected is their choice. They have to live by their decisions. In the case of the fictional character, I feel that the pregnancy will only hurt her more. Abortion is a major issue, I consider myself a pro-choice person if it’s the last resort. I think that adoption should be the first alternative for those who are impregnanted and don’t want to have the child. I feel that “killing a fetus” which can be considered a living person is okay, if the other alternative is trying to flush a baby down a toilet on prom night. I also feel that parents should speak more to their children so there are no more cases of murdering day old babies.
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