Sitting through mass on Sunday, the priest asks for prayers for the end to abortion seeing as the United States has a new leader who aligns with the democratic party. A moment of silence was given for the babies who have unjustly lost their lives as a result of abortion. 

I enjoy church at the Didde Catholic Campus Center because whether or not attendees are believers or supporters of the Bible, they can always leave with a message of treating others with kindness or encouraging forgiveness. Although I identify as a Catholic, it does not embody my identity, nor my beliefs. I separate myself from the stereotypical Catholic views of transgendertism, homosexuality, and abortion.

It is my view that praying or working to see the end of abortion will not decrease abortions. Although I do not agree with abortion, nor would I have one myself, here is why I do not believe it should be made illegal. 

The statistics I found were given by the CDC and a study done called the Global estimation of unintended pregnancy and abortion using a Bayesian hierarchical random walk model that followed the guidelines of Guidelines for Accurate and Transparent Health Estimates Reporting.

According to a study in 2018 every year 614, 820 abortions occur in the united states under our current laws of abortion. Those laws state, “a legal induced abortion is defined as an intervention performed by a licensed clinician (e.g., a physician, nurse-midwife, nurse practitioner, physician assistant) within the limits of state regulations that is intended to terminate a suspected or known ongoing intrauterine pregnancy and that does not result in a live birth.”

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 5 million women are admitted to hospital as a result of unsafe abortion every year due to restrictive government and policies forcing women to look to unliscensed physicians or midwives for abortions. Not only does this account for the health of women, but their euqally important mental health.

Not only is unplanned pregnancy higher in places where abortion is illegal, likely due to lack of sex eduaction, half of unplanned pregnancies are likely to end in abortion whether or not it occurs in places aboriton in legalizaed. In places where abortion is legal, there is actually a 13% decrease in unplanned pregnancies resulting in abortion. 

In a social media account called Humans of New York, a young women shares her story of undergoing an abortion, one of 500,000 in her home country of Argentina. Due to laws at the time in her home country of Buenos Aires, she preformed the surgery herself.

“I didn’t want to be a mother. I was eighteen. We weren’t in love. I had goals I wanted to accomplish. So I made the hardest decision of my life. It’s not legal here. So I researched it on the Internet. I did it myself. In my room. If things had gone wrong, I could have died. Seeing it come out of me was the worst moment of my life. And I couldn’t tell anyone. Not even my parents. So I carried the secret with me. I felt like this thing was always in my chest, but it was stuck there. All day I’d act normal. Then at night I’d go to my room and cry.” 

Had the young woman gone to a facility for medical help in any infection that may have resulted she could have been imprisoned for 1-4 years. Argentina now legalizes abortion up to 14 weeks

Countries who outlaw abortion such as Honduras, or El Salvador do not offer health care before or after abortions nor do they require the mandatory code of ethics like the American Medical Association does, which is a form of ensurance that the woman receiving the abortion is absolotely sure she wants to undergo the procedure, which I see as vital to the process as the healthcare. There is no jumping into things alone or blindly and making sure they make an informed decision. 

It is my belief that by telling someone an action of theirs is sinful, whether or not it is, they will not only see less value in themselves when they go through with that action, but they will not give themself the important. With the legalizaton of abortion not only are women given access to healthcare before or after the procedure, they also have a greater access to counseling which can inturn deter them from making the decision. 

The true meaning of Catholicism is to love all and leave judgement to one person and one person only and that’s God. The one goal of Catholicism is to be kind and understanding to all and help them get what they believe they need in the healthiest, safest way possible. Aside from that our duty is to offer a safe haven and support to those who are struggling with decisions or issues, no matter what, even if that goes against the Bible or against or own beliefs. 

I disagree with abortion, but I will vote for legalization because I am for it being decreased, for women to be made aware of all their options, and for women who are struggling to have the ability to reach out without being scared they will spend time on jail.

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