Pro-choice vs Pro-life


Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.

The passage of Roe v Wade in 1973 legalized abortions and made them accessible to women until their third trimester of pregnancy. The Supreme Court case  prompted a national debate that continues today about whether abortions should be legal and to what extent. This continues to divide parties in national politics and split the United States population into pro-life and pro-choice factions.

Prior to the decision of Roe v Wade, hundreds of thousands of women attempted their own abortions using coat hangers or knitting needles to induce a miscarriage. These attempts led to uterine perforation, infection, infertility, and the deaths of many women.  This is the result of these women living in countries that would not allow them to safely and legally make reproductive decisions.

Further polarizing the issue, President Donald Trump has promised to reverse Roe v Wade in his campaign. This decision would deprive women of their human rights, and if he succeeds, many women will be forced to once again take extreme measures to have control of their own bodies and lives. President Trump falls on the conservative side of the debate and sides with the pro-lifers, thus affecting these decisions.

Many Americans have the misconception that being pro-choice means one is “anti life.” This is just not the case. Those who are pro-choice argue that because of how private and personal the decision to have an abortion is, no one but the woman, her family, and her doctor should help make that decision for her. Pro-choice participants are simply attempting to protect women’s rights.

Pro-lifers on the other hand, argue that abortions are ethically wrong and tend to impose their morality on others. If you don’t believe in abortions, then don’t get one. That is a choice. But I believe that it’s not anyone’s right to take the choice of another woman away from her.

The debate over whether abortions should remain legal will continue and potentially be challenged by our current president. An alternative to reversing the legalization of abortions is compromise.

Pro-choicers must adjust their views and consider the other side. Limiting the time a woman has to receive an abortion, and cutting government funding for abortions, seems fair.

If a woman desires an abortion, no matter her circumstance, she should be responsible for paying for it. Pro-lifers need to respect the fact that it is a choice and a human right, one that should not be ripped away without extensive thought and  consideration.

Fort Collins Planned Parenthood is located at 825 South Shields Street.