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Professor Obstfeld English 100 11 December 2013 Define Murder The United States of America, otherwise known as “the land of the free,” is where people all around the world migrate to seeking opportunity and freedom. A country where every citizen is treated equally is certainly an appealing one. But imagine an America where the government makes every pregnant woman risk her life giving birth even if it is against her will. Then, she is left with the choice of either committing the next eighteen years of her life to supporting another human being or putting the child up for adoption. For a pregnant teenager, woman, or even a couple with a low income and a very busy life, there is no ideal way they would be able to raise the child. An America like this is definitely not an favorable country. This is what could potentially happen if abortion was banned from the United States, which many anti-abortion activists are pushing for every day. There would be minimal benefit to the child, mother, or anyone else in enforcing such a policy. A United States constitutional amendment that would allow women to have an abortion at any point during their pregnancy enforces womens’ overall safety and well-being. In order to protect their rights by allowing a much safer alternative to giving birth, women should have the opportunity to abort their fetus at any time throughout a pregnancy. In the United States alone, one in five pregnancies ends in abortion ("U.S. Abortion Statistics"). There are plenty of legitimate reasons for women to make such a final decision: rape, incest, fetal deformities, and the very real chance of death by childbirth. A new study published by the Center for Disease and Prevention found that there has been a seventy-five percent increase in pregnancy related complications within the last decade (“Complications of Pregnancy”). Approximately one woman dies during childbirth for every 11,000 babies born (Pittman). Additionally, only one woman dies for every 167,000 legal abortions (Pittman). This means giving birth is about fifteen times more likely to kill the mother than an abortion. Since women are the only people who have the ability to get pregnant, taking away their right to have an abortion would be inequitable. Anti-abortionists convinced former United States Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop, to conduct and write a study showing the negative health, physiological, and psychological effects that abortion has on women (Cohen). Koop did not release the study, and when questioned by pro-

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