In a democratic society, lawmakers need to continue supporting women's right to make decisions about their own bodies, especially regarding abortion. Abortion, the termination of an early pregnancy, was illegal in Canada until 1988 when the Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional and abolished the law. Even now, abortion remains a divisive topic in politics. Therefore, recognizing the significance of being pro-choice, understanding the health benefits, and addressing unintended pregnancies are all vital aspects of the abortion discussion. Furthermore, advocating for women's rights is essential in this discourse.
A recent survey reveals that approximately 80% of the Canadian population supports women's right to have an abortion. The concept of pro-choice holds great importance as it empowers women worldwide, advocating for the legality and accessibility of abortion. Pro-choice proponents do not necessarily personally endorse abortion, but rather advocate for women to have the freedom to make...
their own decisions. Denying them this choice can lead to feelings of reduced power, helplessness, and an inability to voice their needs.
Despite the controversy surrounding abortion, it is important to recognize and safeguard women's reproductive clinics from government intervention. Advocating against discriminatory regulations that impede women's access to vital services emphasizes the significance of upholding their rights. If this matter affected both genders equally, the result might have been different. Therefore, endorsing such discriminatory measures could potentially revive substantial and harmful injustice against women.
Despite opposition, the legalization of abortion has brought multiple health benefits for women. Safe and legal abortions have resulted in various advantages for women's physical, emotional, and social well-being. From a physical perspective, undergoing an abortion carries a relatively low risk of death, particularly during the first trimester. Surprisingly,
giving birth poses a significantly higher mortality risk compared to abortion. According to statistics, legally induced abortion is 7 times safer than carrying a pregnancy to term.
In areas with strict laws limiting access to safe and legal abortions, both women and children tend to experience a decline in their overall health and well-being.
When comparing places that support women's health to those that oppose it, promoting women's health tends to be more cost-effective for each child. Examples of this include foster care, welfare, and the adoption of children with mental or physical disabilities (Schroedel, 2000).
Despite ongoing debates about abortion, the positive impact of the Supreme Court's 1988 decision on the physical, mental, and social health of women, men, children, and families cannot be underestimated.
The question of whether a pregnancy is intended or not is significant in terms of its impact on women and couples. An unplanned pregnancy can cause considerable stress for women.
Women with addiction problems may continue using harmful substances, neglecting the potential consequences even during pregnancy, and lacking a proper healthy lifestyle. This significant stress can lead to the postponement of their career, life goals, and relationships if they choose to raise their child without adequate preparation. Furthermore, an unplanned pregnancy creates challenges as women often lack the necessary resources and support to cope with it.
Some individuals may not have enough money to support themselves during an unpaid maternity leave or may have plans that will be interrupted by a pregnancy, which could impact their relationship with the child's father. An unexpected pregnancy can cause distress for those who are unprepared. It is important to recognize that not all men are willing to provide
support in these situations, and it is possible that the father of your baby might choose to disappear instead of offering help.
Young, unmarried women who find themselves facing an unplanned pregnancy often experience stigma and judgement from various sources, including friends, family, and strangers. This situation often leads to overwhelming emotions as they are unable to make decisions on their own. Consequently, they may face distressing and unfortunate dilemmas with unpredictable outcomes.
It is crucial to ensure that women have the freedom to make decisions in situations like this. Imposing any restrictions on their ability to access safe and legal abortion not only jeopardizes their well-being but also affects their families and the entire nation.