CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In 1973, the Supreme Court legalized abortion after the court case Roe v. Wade. Abortion is a safe procedure -- one of the safest there is in the U.S. and Canada. It should remain legal for those seeking an option other then to have their pregnancy come to full term.
Abortion is an option to those who cannot afford to take care of a child, those who would lose their families or jobs if they had a child and other women who would suffer because of having a child, including, for instance, teen mothers.
If a teenager becomes pregnant in today's society, she is judged for the rest of her life because of it. She may also have little support from her family or even be kicked out of her home.
All teen mothers and fathers are judged. It does not matter how well they raise the child, how financially secure or happy they are, they will be judged for having a child while still in school. They will be known as the girl who got pregnant in high school or the guy who got a girl pregnant.
Teens are judged enough on appearances and social stature in today's world as it is, so why would anyone want to put someone through that? And what if they aren't ready to take on the responsibility of a child?
That is why there is the option to terminate the pregnancy. If they choose to, pregnant women should be able to have an abortion and be able to go on with their lives.
Becoming pregnant in high school is almost always a mistake, but no high schooler -- no woman at all -- should have to have a child if she does not want it.