Should abortion be illegal?

Essay by meme619Junior High, 8th grade March 2007

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Have you ever thought about what would happen if you unintentionally became pregnant? Or what if you got your teen girlfriend pregnant? What would happen? Would you abort, or keept the baby? About 50% of pregnant teenagers choose to have an abortion. Abortion for teens is wrong and should be illegal.

Abortion is the ending of a pregnancy, when the embryo or fetus is taken away from the woman's uterus. An abortion is done only when the fetus is in the early stages of development, because that's when its safest. The latest it could be done is as late as 20 weeks but that's rare, usually done only when the mom's life is in danger. If it is left to do later on, it can cause complications such as infection. In an abortion the fetus is usuallyabout 3 cm. long. There's approximately about 46 million abortions every year worldwide, approximately 126 thousand each day.

One reason why abortion should be illegal for teens is because it may cause health problems to the mom. Not just physically but emotionally as well. Some consequences are that abortion is the 5th leading cause of maternal death in the united states. It's also an increased risk of breast, cervical, ovarian and liver cancer. Studies also show that they usually end up with alcoholism, smoking, drug abuse, eating disorders, and suicidal thoughts. Once the teen mom aborts her life changes for ever she has to deal with feelings of regret, guilt, and sadness.

Even though it is a fetus, it is still living. It has every right to live. People say that just because it isn't born it doesn't matter, but it really does. The fetus is still alive and growing. If you kill it, then you kill a living thing, and...