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. If shedecides on abortion, nobody should have any say in it except for their partner.
After all, carrying a child with issues can be an issue to the mother as well. Amother who found out can result in gaining depression and not knowing what todo with the pregnancy. The Government of Canada (2013) explains “Itis important to assess pregnant women’s mental health because it can affect notonly the woman’s health, but also her newborn’s health and development. Thisfact sheet presents information on four selected indicators of women’s mentalhealth covered in the Canadian Maternity Experiences Survey (MES): postpartumdepression, history of depression, stress, and social support” (para.4). In addition, legalization can benefit women ina situation where the child has health problems and/or disabilities.
There aremany reasons why life with a special needs child has its difficulties. The difficultiescan include dedicating your attention at all times, money spent on travellingfor appointments and necessities meant for that child. Abortion can terminateany hardships women may fall upon during and after pregnancy. On the otherhand, it can become quite costly for parents. Different provinces have specialfunding for children with special needs. Wendy Haaf (2015) explains “Kids withconditions such as cerebral palsy and Down syndrome, and more “invisible”challenges like ADHD and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), need equipment,services and care that may not be covered by provincial health plans, othergovernment programs or private extended health insurance” (para.
2). Moreover,it is an option to save the child from suffering throughout life. If the fetushas problems while in the womb, it will most likely have problems once a livingbeing. Prenatal tests such as diagnostic tests include amniocentesis, fetalblood DNA samples and chorionic villus sampling. Other prenatal test includesultrasounds and is considered screening.
Knowing what circumstance the fetus isunder will help mothers decide whether they want to bring a fetus into theworld. 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. Motherswho cannot afford a home and to feed cannot guarantee a healthy life. Forinstance when a mother and a child live in an apartment downtown, mother has 2jobs and the grandma babysits during the day. The child never gets to see themother 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. Daniel Tencer states “More than half (52.8 per cent) of respondentssaid they couldn’t expand their family in their current home. And nearly half(49.4 per cent) said the costs involved have caused them to change their mindsabout the size of their family” (Tencer, 2015). Those who cannot bear anotherchild 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 getinvolved with an older teenager that is manipulative and end up raping thegirl. Carrying an unwanted child can cause mental damage such as antepartum depressionand anxiety. Similarly, rape can involve incest as well. Mentioned earlier,incest can lead to health problems and/ or disability due to related genes.Although rape and incest cases are less than 1% (Choice 42, 2011), it can stilloccur. Then again, teenage mothers have their whole lives ahead of them. Pregnancycan take away learning opportunities which lead to a stable job and brightfuture. Teens may feel the need to drop out of school to care for the child ifthey do not have a next of kin for childcare.
Luong (2014) explains “Overall, teenage mothers in Canada had a lower probabilitythan adult mothers ofcompleting high school and postsecondary education, even after controlling for family background and othercharacteristics. Teenage childbearingand education aresignificantly related to a woman’s labour market participation” (para.1). Thereare other options to choose from such as online learning, home school and schoolsmade for teen moms.
Furthermore, legal abortions can help a teen stay secure. Itis legal for the mother to not tell her guardians, but it is suggested forsupport. Illegal abortions give no option for what a teen can do to terminatethe pregnancy. They are left feeling depressed, stressed and confused. Asuggestion is to use contraceptives as they will help in the long run. Rotermann(2015) suggested “Oral contraceptives (OCs) are the most common method ofreversible contraception” (para.
1). Taking birth control is a way to preventionas prevention is crucial, but there will always be the option if it fallsthrough. 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.