Essay on Should Abortion Be Legal?

1002 Words Nov 25th, 2014 5 Pages
The right to chose what happens with your own body should not be obstructed by the lack of equality. How would you feel if someone else made the decisions to what occurs with your own body? Most people do not have to worry about such issues, but women today are at risk of losing this right. Taking away a women’s right to choice infringes on her rights. There are many misconceptions when it comes to abortion. Organizations with specific agendas like to twist statistics which leads to a misinformed public. Most people’s conception of what abortion is, and the statistics surrounding the issue of safety are often incorrect. Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy by the removal of a fetus or embryo before it is able to survive on its own. The National Center for Health Statistics defines an abortion as a fetus or embryo removed or expelled from the uterus during the first 20 weeks or less (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). An estimated 44 million abortions are performed worldwide each year. According to the World Health Organization, the health risks for an abortion primarily depend on whether it is performed safely or unsafely. Unsafe abortions are defined as being performed by unskilled individuals with hazardous equipment, or in unsanitary facilities (“Abortion." WHO). Out of 44 million abortions performed worldwide, over half are estimated to be unsafe. The primary reason so many abortions performed are considered unsafe, is because only an estimated 40%…

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