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Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It is an honor for me to be chosen as the representative for my abortion clinic. Today, I would like to talk about a controversial topic that is debated everywhere and receives numerous arguments from people of all positions – should abortion be banned. Imagine yourself being a victim of a rape case, or any other abusive cases that would cause you to get unintendedly pregnant. You live all alone, and although you are taking as many part-time jobs as you can to keep yourself afloat, you still do not have enough money for even proper meals for yourself, not to mention the poor baby you are carrying inside you. Yet, you choose to not tell your family about this pregnancy and ask for their support, because you are simply not ready to have a child, and you are about to get an abortion anyways. Unfortunately, you are too far along and are denied by all the available clinics. Tumultuous and shock, you resign yourself to the fact that you have no other options but to keep the baby. I know, it is hard to even have a glimpse of situations like this. Having to witness someone you know experiencing such incidents, or being the subject yourself, seems as devastating as it can be. Yet, thousands of people out there are going through situations similar to the one I just told you about, or even worse. Most of them got “rewarded” with a baby they did not ask for. Some may not accept reality, and choose to end their lives, killing not just one life, but two lives – themselves and the baby. People would question that, “why didn’t they ask to terminate their pregnancy in the first place?” Sadly, not everyone has the opportunity to get abortion due to a lot of reasons, such as affordability, or because the fetus inside them has developed enough to be born; it would be inhumane to abort the baby by then. See, even when abortion is not illegalised, not everyone has the chance to get it. What would happen if abortion is banned? How many more people will suffer from depression, or any other mental disorders, because they have to experience what I have mentioned above? Ladies and gentlemen, I hereby am going to argue in opposition to banning abortion. First of all, for women who choose abortion, it is their own body and they have the rights to have control over their body. It is a fundamental right. In the 1992 decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote, “The ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the Nation has been facilitated by their ability to control their reproductive lives.” This means that the choice of whether to have children is pivotal to a woman’s independence and ability to determine her future, and thus to enjoy equal citizenship rights. Limiting abortion means violating a woman’s freedom to determine her life’s course. That also leads to another issue – gender equality. Women should be treated and given the same “number” of rights as men. Secondly, not all women are pregnant by choice, but were rather pregnant due to various hideous incidents, such as raping, incest, etc… The babies that they have after these experiences could be a constant reminder of such traumatic events, causing more psychological harm to them. According to a peer-reviewed study in September 2013, it was found that women who were denied abortions “felt more regret and anger” and “less relief and happiness” than women who had abortions. Additionally, not all babies who come into the world from unintended pregnancy cases grow up happily and healthily. There is increased risk of child abuse, physical violence during pregnancy, and reduced rates of breastfeeding. This is simply unacceptable, because children should be born loved and cared, not unwanted.Some may argue that abortion is murder, and the killing of an innocent human is wrong. However, personhood only really begins after a fetus becomes viable or after birth, Fetuses are not independent beings, and abortion is not the termination of a baby, but the end of a pregnancy. Moreover, the fetuses will not experience pain when most abortions are performed. The cortex does not become functional until at least the 26th week of a fetus’s development, and abortions are carried out way before that stage.   To conclude, I would like to repeat a point I have made above – it is a woman’s right to choose abortion, and therefore should not be restricted by religious or governmental authority.

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