Institutional Supports for Abortion in America


Abortions are very common all over the world in developed countries, such as America, and also they are present in developing countries. “More than 1 out of 3 women in the U.S. have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old.” (PlannedParenthood) Many organizations provide safe and sanitary structures for people worldwide to obtain abortions. There are two different ways to get an abortion, one by the use of the “abortion pill” or by visiting an abortion clinic. Along with the organizations and institutions that provide the abortion, there are a plethora of areas to explore for financial support as well as emotional support. Abortions may be legal and may be something that happens every day but what kind of morals are we teaching young girls? Today’s youth think nothing of having unprotected sex and becoming pregnant. I believe that places like Planned Parenthood don’t help kids understand the consequences to these actions. Just because something is legal doesn’t make it right. The fact that young girls can go and have an abortion without a parents’ consent or even their knowledge is a little unsettling for me. I myself am a parent and would want to know if my child were thinking of something like this. Young girls are making hasty decisions to run off and have abortions without even discussing first with their parents or loved ones. These girls may later regret making this decision and may never know the support they may have had at home if they had just talked about it with their parents first.{**Vignettes:** //"Actions Speak Louder Than Words"}// Planned Parenthood gives today youth the ok to be careless and promiscuous. {Ethical/Social Perspective: Everybody has a Choice}
In the article about abortion, the students state how there are two options for abortion, the abortion pill and a visit to a regular abortion clinic. However, is this even an option for some people? Each year, almost half of all pregnancies among American women are unintended, and almost half of these unplanned pregnancies are ended by abortion, which is 1.3 million a year. (National Abortion Federation). Why is this even a problem? 1% of all abortions occur because of rape or incest, 6% of the abortions occur because of potential health problems and 93% of all abortions occur for social reasons, such as inconveniency or unwanted children. (Center for bio-ethical reform). So, why is it that there are 1.3 million a year? Abortions should ultimately be made illegal unless in situations such as rape, incest, and health problems, then this would bring down the numbers to only 7% a year.

Planned Parenthood supports a pro-choice practice, but is it really pro-choice? What about family values, what if it is not the fathers choice does anybody stop to ask him? Or better yet the baby this choice is definitely not best for them. Planned Parenthood on their web, site goes as far as saying that medication abortion is safer than carrying a pregnancy to term (arhp 2008). This read in the wrong context may convince a young vulnerable girl that abortion is safer than pregnancy. These places don’t explain to these girls that what they are doing is killing a baby they are led to believe that it is just a bunch of cells. The truth is that based on scientific facts the beginning of human life starts immediately after conception. This is so because from fertilization this being is alive and has a specific sex and is growing. If people were made aware of this right away maybe their decision would be different. Something like an abortion can affect you for the rest of your life and wreak havoc on your emotions. After all is said and done you cannot go back and change what you have already done you can never get that life back. Time to stop promoting abortion and start promoting things like adoption and dare I say it abstinence. If you're unable to support a child and unintentionally become pregnant, there are numerous places to contact in this situation. One can start by going online to find an abortion clinic. An example of a webpage to visit is This site lists out a wide array of abortion clinics all over the United States as well as international clinics. "In 2008, there were 1,793 abortion providers in the United States." (Guttmacher Institute) There are different types of providers including hospitals, abortion clinics, other clinics, and private physicians. "Seventy percent of all abortions were provided at abortion clinics, 24% at other clinics, 4% at hospitals and 1% at private physicians' offices." (Guttmacher Institute) An example of a clinic would be Planned Parenthood Health Clinics. In Illinois, a person does not need the consent of their parents to obtain an abortion, but in several other states parental consent is necessary. (PlannedParenthood) Planned Parenthood can also be consulted for approximated costs of each type of abortion.

An abortion can be quite expensive, especially if you are on your own. But, there is financial help out there. The National Abortion Federation is a great place to go if you are considering abortion. On the website, contains a great amount of information. From frequently asked questions to hotlines you may want to call for support. For financial aid, the website stated previously, offers a telephone number to call for funding. The National Network of Abortions lists all financial support that is applicable to you. The website,, offers direct information about funding in your state. In Florida, there are over 20 different funds. In many situations, the price of the procedure can be covered completely as well as other services. For example, follow up visits, contraception, and occasional transportation.
The emotional effects of having an abortion can range from total depression to little or no pain afterward. Most women who have an abortion suffer from Post Abortion Stress Syndrome, which is a medical condition characterized by self-harm, strong suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts, Inability to perform normal self-care activities, and even A desire to immediately get pregnant and 'replace' the baby that was aborted, even when all the circumstances that led her to 'choose abortion' the first time are still in place (Website, 2010). This website,, contains a slew of information on ways to help combat PASS and also general knowledge about what many women experience after an abortion. The main goal of this site is to show abortion clients that they are not alone and that there is a supporting community online that can help them and answer any questions they may have. There are also abortion support groups that meet in person. Using the following website allows you to locate help in your area of residence.
You may have a wide range of feelings after your abortion. Most women ultimately feel relief after an abortion. Some women feel anger, regret, guilt, or sadness for a little while. Serious, long-term emotional problems after abortion are about as uncommon as they are after giving birth. (Planned Parenthood 2010).

In reality, everything isn’t as statistical and set forth as this. There are not numerous ways to escape becoming unintentionally pregnant. There are only two choices for those who do not believe in abortion. A. to have the child and support it, or B. have the child and give it up for adoption, but seek loving families who need children before the nine months of pregnancy is up. Statistics show that being religious had a slight impact on the percentages of abortions, 13% were Evangelical Christians, 22% of U.S. women are Catholic, and 27% of these patients were Catholics. (National Abortion Federation). Those who did not believe in abortions are either religious, or feel unmoral about the whole process of killing a humanOverall, when it comes to having an abortion, you are definitely not stranded. There are multiple places you can turn to for financial, procedural, and emotional support. There are a plethora of places you can go for the procedure. Many of which: offer financial aid. And lastly, you are not alone! There are several online communities centered on abortion support that can also help ease your emotional suffering {**Anecdote:** //Long Lasting Effect of Abortion}//. A good starting point is to contact Planned Parenthood with any questions you have about abortion. They will be able to help you. Places like Planned Parenthood should stop making abortions look so appealing to young people and start making them the harsh reality they really are.
Abortion Video
Counter Arguement (Tim Gubbins)
Abortion is not always the answer, However, as I read this story I do argee with getting abortions due to rape, incest, etc. I don't agree with if you are more on the religious side that tends to be a lower percent. I found just the opposite. I read an article where it states, "Unwed pregnant teens and twenty somethings who attend or have graduated from private religious schools are more likely to obtain abortions. I think this story is very well written except for a few exceptions. Also, to have abstinence is not the key. What kid doesn't experiment with something like this? Even back years and years ago this went on as well. Even as adults we have protected sex but if we all read all the different forms of birth control nothing states 100%. It always states 99.9%, so there is a chance no matter how careful you are. I think this article is written in very good content and does give good descritive details and stated facts. There are other stated facts that I found to back up my counter arguement about some other issues at hand. For the most part my counter-arguement stands strong for what I have agrued, as I have two work cited spots that back up my arguement.
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Counter Argument (Erin Evans)
Although many people may view abortion as a ticket straight to hell, others view abortion as an outlet from a life they were not ready to have. If a women, or young women is not ready to have a child, they should have the option to go through with an abortion. According to, “each year about 1.2 million American women have an abortion to end a pregnancy due to: birth control failure, inability to support a child, an unwanted pregnancy, birth defects facing the baby, incest, rape, or physical or mental problems facing the mother. In my eyes, it is not fair to bring a baby up in a family that is not educated about babies, financially stable for a baby, or mentally suited to raise a baby. That is why abortions are such an important outlet for women and young women worldwide. In the U.S. alone it is said that, “more than 1 out of 3 women have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old” (PlannedParenthood). However it should not have to come to an abortion, because women and young women who know they are not ready to have a baby should be using birth control to prevent their unwanted pregnancy from happening in the first place. I believe if you think you are responsible enough to have sex, than you need to be responsible and protect yourself from becoming pregnant, if you know you are not ready for a baby. I don’t believe abortions should be made illegal. If you are not ready to have a baby, you are not ready. Women should have the option to end a pregnancy if they wish. However, birth control needs to be used. There are many forms available and they are all 99.9% effective, so the chances of getting pregnant due to its failure are slim. According to Lafayette County Health Department, a woman who has intercourse without using contraception has a 90% chance of becoming pregnant in a year.” This is why birth control is so important. Ultimately, I believe that women should not depend on getting an abortion if they get pregnant. They need to take the first step in protecting themselves from an unwanted pregnancy by being put on birth control, but if for some reason an unwanted pregnancy occurs then it is ok to have an abortion{Social Perspective: Abortion's not a way out}
Work Cited
"Methods of Abortion." Planned Parenthood. Web. 01 Mar. 2011.
"Family Planning and Birth Control Information." Lafayette County Health Department, 2009. Web. 16 Apr. 2011.

Works Cited
"State Facts About Abortion: Illinois." Guttmacher Institute: Home Page. Web. 01 Mar. 2011.

"Methods of Abortion." Planned Parenthood. Web. 01 Mar. 2011.

"How can I find a provider near me?" National Abortion Federation. Web. 01 Mar. 2011.

"Fund Abortion Now." National Network of Abortion Funds. Web. 01 Mar 2011.

Campaign, S. N. (2010). Resources for Help After Abortion. Retrieved February 28, 2011, from Silent No More Awareness Campaign:

Website, P. P. (2010, october 19). PASS Awareness. Retrieved february 28, 2011, from

"Abortion Facts." Home Page. Web. 04 Apr. 2011.

"Center for bio-ethical reform." Home Page. Web. 05 Apr. 2011.

"National Abortion Federation." Home Page. Web. 03 Apr. 2011.

"The Heritage Foundation." Home Page. Web. 05 Apr. 2011.