Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff known as Jane Roe in the case of Roe vs. Wade, actually made a dramatic switch from the pro-choice to the pro-life point of view later in her life and worked to reverse the effects of Roe vs. Wade. She collected over one thousand affidavits from women stating that they regretted their abortions, along with evidence showing that abortion is harmful to women (Roberts 9). Another woman, named Eileen, had two abortions during different toxic relationships, and she recounts feeling “relieved at the time (of the abortions), though I have carried the guilt for over 30 years… I believe my life would have been so much brighter had I chosen life… I cry whenever I think or speak to my sister about it… All that is left is this older woman with so many regrets and so much pain, and no way to change things” (Eileen 1).
Eileen regrets her abortions immensely, and they still haunt her even thirty years later, affecting her mental and physical health in ways she would never have expected. She now has depression, anxiety, and panic attacks, along with intense guilt, regret, and shame that has lasted for decades. Another angle of the story – that of the child who is killed during the abortion – is told by a woman named Melissa Ohden, who was actually the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion. After being burned alive by saline for days in her mother’s womb, she beat the odds and was born alive during the final procedures of the abortion. Thankfully, she was immediately saved and rushed to the emergency room by a kind-hearted nurse instead of being killed like other failed abortion survivors.
Despite having various physical disabilities, she was adopted, her body healed, and now she is a normal adult working in the pro-life movement to end abortion and prevent the deaths of millions of unborn children like she once was (Ohden 1). These are just three out of the millions whose lives have been touched by abortion in some way, and they are spreading awareness with their stories to reach the rest of the people in the United States and convince them that abortion is inherently wrong.
Abortion prevails in the United States today because it is legal, and the general American public considers unborn children to be fetuses, not humans, until a certain stage is reached in the pregnancy. Their opinion has allowed the killing of millions of unborn children over the years, because if they are not considered human with full human rights, abortion is not really the taking of a human life and is not murder. Another reason for abortion’s prevalence is that it is strongly connected to the women’s rights movement. Many women believe they have the right to choose what happens to the unborn child because it is inside their body during pregnancy (“Ethics – Abortion: Arguments” 2).
However, the unborn child is a human, with full rights as an individual person, and terminating the pregnancy is the same thing as murdering the child. Many people believe that for the child, abortion can be a better alternative to living a life of poverty, having a severe physical or mental disability, or living in a single parent family (Grimes 8). However, simply ending the life of the child snatches away his or her own choice to live, along with the potential of the child to have a positive impact on the world, making abortion an atrocity that should be ended.
Abortion could be stopped by opening people’s eyes to its horrors against unborn children through graphics such as pictures and videos. The public opinion would be swayed against abortion, and they would vote for laws that restricted and eventually banned abortion. An important act they could support is called the “Life at Conception Act,” which states that a living human person is defined as “each and every member of the species homo sapiens at all stages of life, including the moment of fertilization” (Freiburger 9). Legalizing the act would cause the government to call abortion, the ending of a pregnancy and the unborn child’s life, a form of murder, which is illegal.
In order to end abortion throughout the entire country, laws to restrict and ban abortion must be passed at the state level, with “Different states doing this, making very positive key changes until it can migrate to the federal level. And a court case can get up to the Supreme Court and Roe v. Wade be overturned” (Department of State Legislation 1). In the future, abortion could be stopped for good by making the public aware that banning abortion does not detract from women’s rights, and that there are solutions to the underlying causes of abortion that can be implemented into society to help pregnant women and prevent abortions. The solutions include greater access to childcare, workplaces and schools that can better accommodate pregnant women, support from the government itself for women reentering the workplace after giving birth, and legal action to deal directly with the cause of abortions, such as abuse, poverty, and rape (“Ethics – Abortion: Arguments” 5).
To contribute to the movement to end abortion, the average American can raise awareness to the people in his or her life about the injustice of abortion against the unborn child and its detrimental effects on the mother. People can also utilize their voice in the government, voting for politicians who support pro-life and for laws that are working to restrict and end abortion at last.
Women, children, and countless others have endured the atrocity of abortion for far too long, and it needs to stop. The deaths of millions of innocent children can be prevented. What will you do to help the next generation? Speak up for the unborn children without a voice because if you remain silent, they have no hope of living. Fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.