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Abortion: A Mother’s Decision

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One of the principles our country was founded upon is a clear separation between church and state. So why are we still living in a country governed by religious ideals? In 2011, Texas, known for being a conservative state, slashed the budget for Planned Parenthood by 67%. Just last year, the Texas House approved new abortion restrictions, banning the most common form of second trimester procedure. As Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, eloquently states, “the sad truth is this bill’s supporters are peddling lies to shame women who seek an abortion and make it harder for them to get access to the reproductive health care they need.” Texas is making it increasingly difficult for women to get an abortion, resulting in an increase in teenage pregnancies, especially in poor communities. As a society, do we want children brought into unstable families where they are an unwanted burden on the mother? Being a mother is a monumental and wonderful undertaking, but most teenagers are just not ready for that endeavor and should not be deprived of their futures simply because the government does not subsidize abortions. Why is it okay for the Texas government to hamper  people from getting an abortion based off of religious values? It is completely justified to think abortion is wrong if that is what your beliefs tell you, but that does not give you the right to intervene in other people’s lives and prevent them from getting one. This is a complicated issue and there are still many debates about at what point in the pregnancy is abortion immoral, but the decision should ultimately be left to the mother and father of the child. Not the government.

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  1. I do not believe it is unethical to execute a child because of the bible, I believe that it is unethical to kill a child because you are killing a child.

  2. The government has never subsidized abortions. If a woman is provided assistance from Planned Parenthood, for example, those funds come from private sources. The defunding of Planned Parenthood is caused by the government restricting Medicaid–and no longer allowing Medicaid recipients to use Planned Parenthood medical centers as a reproductive health provider. I don’t disagree with the position above–however, it is important to recognize the source of the funding. The regulations that Texas continues to place on access to reproductive health care for women are and have been held, unconstitutional. Regardless of your moral position on abortion, the United States Supreme Court has declared and affirmed that a woman has a right to make the choice to terminate her pregnancy. Until that changes (and let’s hope it doesn’t), that should be the end of the discussion.

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