Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice

By Aaman Khan

The controversy over abortion has been going on for the past two decades. Pro-choice advocates are resolved to protect a woman’s right to choose whereas pro-life advocates insist that women keep their baby, regardless of her situation. I personally stand by pro-choice. In my opinion, if you do not agree with abortion, simply do not have it. Why control the choices of others? You’re not the one who has to raise the child. According to the article “Does Abortion Lower the Crime Rate?” by Robert J. Barro of Harvard University, the states with the highest rates of abortion experienced the sharpest drops in crime, several years later. This also validates the Donohue-Levitt theory which argues that children who are unwanted or whose parents cannot care for them well are more likely to become criminals  and that an inverse correlation is observed between the availability of abortion and subsequent crime. Not only that but in 1973, the Roe v. Wade case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that restrictive laws against abortion were unconstitutional and violated a woman’s right to privacy. Pro-life supporters argue that abortion is murder. However, an embryo or fetus is not a person until the time of birth, meaning an embryo or fetus has no rights to be protected. Human life occurs at conception, but fertilized eggs used for in vitro fertilization are also human lives and those not implanted are routinely thrown away. Is this murder, and if not, then how is abortion murder? All in all, pro-choice is the way to go. At the end of the day, the child is yours, so the decision should be yours too. Therefore, I fully support pro-choice and hopefully we will come to a solid law on this controversial issue in this decade!

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