I am pro choice because 51% (6.6 million) of pregnancies in the US are unintended, and I have no right to tell women to just “stop having sex.” Neither do you.
I am pro choice because being a parent, especially a single parent, is extremely difficult. In 2009, only 41.2% of single parents were paid all of the child-support dues that they were owed. 29.2% of single parents received none of the child support payments that they were due. In other words, most people fail to fulfill child support requirements, making lives harder for the single parent, and the child.
I am pro choice because raising a child is expensive. In 2008, 65% of unintended pregnancies that resulted in births were paid for by public insurance programs. This is due to the fact that most unintended pregnancies happen to low-income and poor women.
I am pro choice because we do not have mandatory sex-education programs nationwide. Approximately 85% of high schools in the US teach abstinence more frequently than contraceptive use, which is proven to be ineffective. In fact, teen pregnancy rates in states that predominately use abstinence-only programs have much higher pregnancy rates than states that require actual sex education.
I am pro choice because 3/10 teenage women will face pregnancy in the US, and these adolescents who become mothers are destined for educational issues. Only 40% off teenage mothers will graduate high school, and only 2% will earn a college degree by the age of 30.
I am pro choice because, contrary to popular belief, abortion is not synonymous to killing a human being. 90% of abortions occur within the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. Not until after this point in pregnancy does a fetus have fully functioning lungs, a proper circulatory system, a urinary tract, etc. The fetus doesn’t even experience substantial sensory development until around 19 weeks. Also, fetal viability generally doesn’t occur until 24 weeks. It is very rare for a fetus to survive outside of the womb prior to that point, and those who are born significantly early, yet survive, are much more likely to develop illnesses and disorders.
I am pro choice because 1/6 women will experience an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime, and an estimated 5% of these women will become pregnant.While the percentage may seem low, it is still substantial. It is estimated that somewhere between 25,000 and 32,000 women become pregnant from rape annually in the US.
I am pro choice because there are currently over 153 million orphans in the world, yet there are people in the US hellbent on “saving” fetuses while completely ignoring the actual living children in need of saving.
I am pro choice because unsafe abortions are the number 5th leading cause of maternal death worldwide, out of the overall 287,000 maternal deaths per year. Restricting reproductive rights will only make it worse. Other women often suffer from hemorrhaging, ectopic pregnancies, toxemia, etc. Not to mention that many women must stop taking certain medications during pregnancy, such as many stimulants, for an example. For anyone who regularly requires a stimulant and forgets a dose, imagine doing that for 9 months.
I am pro choice because a child should be brought into this world only when it is able to be cared for and provided for, which many people are incapable of doing due to costs, health, age, and many other factors.
And most of all,
I am pro choice because a woman’s body belongs to herself and no one else.