During the third presidential debate, Hillary Clinton was asked about her stance on abortion. As she answered the question, she spoke on late-term abortions. It is here that my view on abortion changed.
For most of my life, I have struggled with where I stand when it comes to abortion. Personally, I tend to be against abortion due to my personal religious beliefs combined with believing that stopping a beating heart is murder. Although I am personally against abortion, I tend to be pro-choice in certain circumstances. The reasoning for this is that I feel a woman has the right to be the owner of her own body. Even if I do not agree with her choice, I do not feel I have the right to decide for her.
Even though I tend to be pro-choice, I have always been against abortions after the first trimester. For the longest time, I have believed that there should be laws in place to prevent such acts. That is until I listened to Hillary Clinton speak about abortion during the final presidential debate. Clinton spoke about how some women do not get the news about the risk to their life until toward the end of their pregnancy. While listening I started to put myself in the shoes of the women (and their families) that have had to make a decision to abort their baby to save their own life. To make that decision would be the hardest decision of a person’s life. I hope that I will never have to be in a situation where I have to choose between the mother of my child’s life or my child’s life.
I have come to realize that my view on limiting abortions to the first trimester is unrealistic. There are times where abortions are required after the first trimester to save the life of the mother carrying the child. With this being said, I still stand behind believing abortion is murder. However, I do not believe we should restrict someone from being able to make a decision to save the life of a mother. Did Hillary Clinton’s comments on abortion change your view on the issue?