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An Opinion Against Abortion

I am 99%+ against abortion. I will explain the percentage later. In 2017, while campaigning for office, I was discussing abortion issues with a neighbor. I stated some statistics about exceptions for “life of the mother” and “rape and incest”. She asked where I got my figures. It was a fair question. When I got home, I realized that I had heard the statistics, but I had no real basis to justify them. So, I decided to research the issues. After reading many articles concerning morality, woman’s rights, statistics and opinions, I more firmly believe that abortion is wrong in almost all cases. In 2015, there were 638,169 abortions performed in the U. S. (CDC).  According to a report in the New York Times, less than 1% of abortions are performed to save the life of the mother. Less than 1% are performed because of incest or rape. Simple math says that over 625,405 abortions were performed for “other” reasons. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), the four main reasons for seeking an abortion are: 1. Not financially prepared; 2. Not the right time for a baby; 3. Partner related reasons; 4. Need to focus on other children.

I said that I was 99%+ against abortions. I can understand the need for an abortion if the life of the mother would end without an abortion and the child cannot be saved. I believe that every effort should be made to save both the mother and the child. From what I read, the need for that type of abortion is very rare. As for the “rape and incest” issue, I am not convinced that destroying the life of a child would ease the pain of being raped. Carrying the baby to full term would be very difficult and a constant reminder of a horrific event that will never go away. But the killing of a healthy human being may not mitigate that pain and may add to it.

So, what do we do? It is important to respect the privacy and rights of the mother. But it is just as important to respect the life of another human being, even if it is in its embryonic stage. I believe in choice, if that choice is done before the baby is conceived. Once the child is conceived, the situation changes. It is not just the mother’s body. Another life is involved. Human beings can and should be able to control themselves to prevent conception if it is not wanted. When two people choose to have sexual intercourse, they know that there is a possibility of conception. It should not be a gamble. It is the responsibility of both potential mother and father to make that choice. Contraception, abstinence, and pregnancy are choices.

Paul Cusick