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Abortion – a woman has the right to make this choice for herself

I’ve begun to realize that the world is full of hypocrites. Each person trying to enforce their personal beliefs on another human being when we were born to control ourselves. Abortion in many cases has been equated to murder which I believe to be an unequal comparison. All clinical abortions are done within the first trimester before the fertilized egg is able to exist outside the womb. Before the end of the first trimester the zygote is not seen as a separate entity and therefore termination of a pregnancy at that stage should not be considered murder.
Almost all the debates against abortion are built on religious beliefs used to confine non believes to what is considered the “right” way by believers of a “higher power” if I may call it that. However, religious ideology should not be foundation for law. As women we should be allowed the right to dictate what we do with our bodies and our lives. Laws against abortion strip women of their rights!
I don’t think a lot of people realise how this law affects several women around the world. In countries with severe laws based upon religion, like Ireland women are forced to birth children with defects who are likely to die within the first 24 hours. Just imagine yourself in their shoes. Imagine carrying a child for nine months knowing that you’ll be burying them within 24 hours of their birth. 
Countries with extreme laws have began to classify miscarriages as aggravated homicide and women are being sentenced for at least a year without trial. As if losing a child is not enough. Would you cope if you were punished for losing your child? It’s a growing problem in many countries and people are trying to raise awareness about it.
In El Salvador Teodora del Carmen and Maria Reresa were imprisoned after their miscarriages. Teodora has been in jail since 2007 and has recently been released thanks to petitions demanding her release. She had initially been sentenced to 30 years in prison for “aggravated homicide” Unfortunately for Teodora she had to mourn her child in a tiny cell with 70 women. She has spent the last 9 years sleeping on a floor in a prison incapable of providing basic female necessities like sanitary, soap and tissue. How would you feel if that was you? Not only does she have to deal with the trauma of a miscarriage, she has to carry the burden and shame of being described as a murderer.
And let’s face it, even if abortion was made illegal around the world, that wouldn’t stop women from terminating pregnancies. It would just result in an increase in high risk black market abortions that would lead to an increase in death rates. It’s inevitable. No matter what laws we put, abortions will happen and I think it would be better in a sterile environment with trained personnel. And I’ve said it time and time again – if you’re against abortion, don’t have an abortion. 
The ruling against abortion in many countries greatly affects people of lower incomes. Wealthier people are able to jet off to a country that has legalised abortion, have their abortion and return while poorer women go through the emotional trauma of birthing a still born.
I hope I have managed to change your view on abortion.
No woman has an abortion for fun.
“No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body” – Margaret Sanger
If you want to learn more about your body and your rights and Maria and Teodora’s story, you can go to http://www.amnesty.org

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