I am pro-life, and think abortion is morally wrong.
The first thing pro-life advocates state is rape. But look at the facts:
In 2000, cases of rape or incest accounted for 1% of abortions
The reasons for people choosing to undergo an abortion are:
* 25.5% Want to postpone childbearing
* 21.3% Cannot afford a baby
* 14.1% Has relationship problem or partner does not want pregnancy
* 12.2% Too young; parent(s) or other(s) object to pregnancy
* 10.8% Having a child will disrupt education or job
* 7.9% Want no (more) children
* 3.3% Risk to fetal health
* 2.8% Risk to maternal health
* 2.1% Other
Right away, the facts show that abortion is grossly exploited because of carelessness. People cannot practice self-control and have to cater to their bestial impulses. Teenagers have sex, get pregnant, and then use abortion to compensate for their mistake. Rape and risk to maternal/fetal health are rarely the reason for an abortion; yet, it's always brought up to defend the brutal and immoral procedure.
If a woman gets pregnant by accident, then there is adoption
which is a far better alternative. A child who gets adopted may go through some difficulties because of it. But despite anything, I'm sure he'll be happy to be alive and that his mother didn't abort him.
What I suggest it that abortion be illegal, except in rare cases of rape, incest, or when the mother's life is in danger. As for how to determine if a girl actually got raped, I think we just take their word on it. I don't believe a wave of females lying about getting raped will emerge as a result of this. No self-respecting female will lie about something so serious in order to have an abortion.
Abortion is sickening and making it illegal except in cases of rape, incest, or fetal/maternal health would be best. For the last eight years, we had a pro-life president, and the number of abortions have kept going down. If it makes people think twice before having sex when they don't want a child, then all the better.