To the Editor:
Every year, about 42 million women choose to have abortions. Their reasons may vary from simply not being ready for a child to not wanting a child or not being able to afford a child – or anything else, really – but the question is, “Should abortion be an option for women, no matter what the reason?”
With no contraceptive that guarantees 100 percent effectiveness, not even tubal ligation (99.5 percent) or a vasectomy (99.8 percent), it’s not that women are having sex irresponsibly in all cases, but there’s certain times where contraceptives just don’t work. When a woman has used a contraceptive for the purpose of not wanting to have a child and still ends up pregnant anyway, it only makes sense that she should rightfully be able to have an abortion within the first trimester.
Also, it isn’t as easy as “if you don’t want a child, you can always just give it up for adoption." According to a study done in 2012, only 13.1 percent of the children in foster care ended up being adopted, meaning there is a good chance the child can grow up without a real home.
Abortions should be an option for all women. That isn’t to say people shouldn’t be careful and use abortion instead of contraceptives. But if a woman does find herself in a situation where she feels she really needs one, she should be able to get one.