Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice

Khristian - Glendale, Arizona
Entered on August 28, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

Abortion is a statistic. It is a surgical procedure. It has the ability to be a solution. But, it is not just that. Abortion is the destruction of a fetus, a death, a murder. It is the death of an innocent child who will never have the chance to see the world. Sure the child may not be desired, but that is not the only option. Just imagine the less fortunate people who are unable to have the pleasure of bringing a beautiful child into the world. While a pregnant woman makes the decision to abort her baby, a young couple mourns because the wife is unable to bear a precious child. Other alternatives are available for those who can simply appreciate the fact that abortion is not the solution, it is the problem.

I have typically had indecisive opinions on this significant subject, that is until my friends and I began a new ritual. Every Tuesday night at eight p.m., there is a show on television called The Secret Life of the American Teenager. It has become a tradition to gather and watch the show every week as it is enjoyable for us to see another side of teenage life. This teen drama highlights the life of fifteen year old Amy Jergens who was impregnated by a peer. Obviously, being the teen that she is, she meticulously goes through every painstaking option she has to do with this baby, including abortion. Due to circumstances which are brutal and corrupt, she chooses another path. It may sound naïve, but this simple television show on ABC Family, shifted my beliefs to those of an overly sympathetic person.

Never having experienced this type of situation myself, the closest I got and hopefully will ever get is vicariously through this juvenile girl on a television show. The characters and development of the show hit me and changed my position on the subject drastically. When a female becomes pregnant, her responsibility shifts from that of a normal woman, to that of a mother. Suffering the consequences of a mistake by delivering the baby is not even comparable to the guilt and pain a woman may feel if she aborts her child. A pro-life view on pregnancy is the most humane and altruistic decision a person can make. This is because of the physical and mental effects it would have on everyone involved. Being pro-life is a position that I will forever choose to hold and promote.