The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 12, 2013

Abortion is the woman's decision

Abortion is a procedure, surgical or medical, in which a mother rids herself of the fetus she carries. This allows women to rid themselves of an unwanted pregnancy. Currently there is a movement to illegalize abortions.

It's the woman's decision to make. More often these days men are not a part of parenting, jobs are hard to come by for single mothers, and this causes the women to make difficult choices. The choice of ending a pregnancy isn't murder but a decision a woman must make with great consideration.

Adoption can be the answer but how can the woman pay for medical expenses? If the woman can't begin to pay for medical expenses when the child isn't here it's not likely she can do it when the child does arrive.

In a study by MSNBC Today, the average cost of raising a child when the homemaker makes $44,500 is $143,790. This doesn't include college fees. These costs are average so in reality the cost can decrease or, most likely, increase.

"Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live." This suggests that in the Bible life doesn't begin until the fetus has drawn breath. In the scientific community life begins at the moment of conception. The Bible's laws have been accepted by humanity long before the debate of abortion was here. Science is messy and often changes as new things come to light; by God's right, if a woman has an abortion, she won't suffer in the afterlife, so why should she suffer here?

For that matter it's a woman's choice what she can and can't do with her body. Taking away that right is taking away the right of privacy. For that simple fact women shouldn't be criticized for aborting and abortion shouldn't be illegal.

Nia Thomas, Selinsgrove Area High School

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