Why women have abortions


Written by Julie Stuckenschneider

When it comes to the abortion argument pro choicers will provide a long list of reasons as to why they feel it is okay for women to end their child’s life. Planned parenthood took it upon themselves to list different reasons why women make this choice on their website.

The first reason being “they want to be the best parent possible to the kids they already have”. You have to wonder why they would think they wouldn’t be a good parent to their children by having another baby. Currently having one child myself with another on the way, I know the feeling of mom guilt and worry that my oldest will feel neglected. But at the same time I know she will be the best big sister and that my heart will grow with this new baby just like it did with my first born and there will be plenty of time for both of them. It’s about perspective and prioritizing what is important. So to me this is not a good reason for an abortion.

Second reason “they’re not ready to be a parent yet”. Honestly who is? Even when you’ve got all your boxes checked I don’t think any parent is completely ready for a baby when they make their arrival. But once they are here nothing else matters and things just start to click. You learn with them and you just know what to do.

Third reason “It’s not a good time in their life to have a baby”. I understand if someone is single, at the top of their career or not financially stable they may feel like it isn’t a good time for a baby, but everything happens for a reason. There’s a reason this baby is coming into your life. And there is always adoption if after the baby is here one still feels the timing is wrong. There are plenty of families out there that would love to have a baby.

Fourth reason “they want to finish school, focus on work or achieve other goals before having a baby”. Again like I stated before there is a reason this baby is coming into your life. You also have options. Schools offer help to single parents or again there is adoption. You realize after a baby comes into your life priorities and goals change, but for the good.

Fifth reason “they’re not in a relationship with someone they want to have a baby with”. I can only imagine how challenging this one could be but again you have options. There are organizations that can help, like Options Untied. To either aid in adoption or offer counseling to help you get out of that relationship. They can also direct you to places for financial support if you decide to leave the relationship and become a single parent.

Sixth reason “They’re in an abusive relationship or were sexually assaulted”. Again there are organizations you can call and talk to for help in these situations. To help you out of the relationship and/or offer counseling to process the abuse. And again there is always the option of adoption.

Seventh reason “the pregnancy is dangerous or bad for their health”. In this day and age the idea of having to kill a baby to save a mothers life is so small that statistically there aren’t even percentages for it. There are options for medical procedures to remove the living baby and provide them with the same care as the mother if the pregnancy is that high of a risk, but the first answer is to not terminate.

Eighth reason “the fetus won’t survive the pregnancy or will suffer after birth”. Again there are many medical options instead of an abortion. Doctors have been known to be wrong as well. But not looking into other options or even giving that baby a chance is not a way to value life.

Ninth reason “They just don’t want to be a parent”. Again there are adoption services that can help with this and many couples who are unable to conceive and would love to have a baby.

Out of all the reasons listed on Planned Parenthood, not one of them is reason enough to kill an unborn baby. No matter your circumstances, it is not that baby’s fault they were conceived. Science has proven time and time again that life begins at conception and every life has value, no matter what stage it is in. In this modern and selfish age abortion is pushed as the only option for women with unplanned pregnancy but that is not true.

There are organizations out there to help in every one of the above situations, like Options United.