First off, I'm adopted, so I'm all for adoption. At the same time, I basically won the Adoption Lottery: I was born a healthy, caucasian female, and as such, there were a hundred people who were fighting to get me before I was even out of the womb. That isn't the case for a lot of other children in minorities who, according to statistics, will spend their entire childhood in foster care. A lot of pro-life people like to preach about adoption, but the reality is that most kiddos who enter the foster system never leave it. If every person who preached about the joys of adoption stopped having kids and adopted the kiddos who needed homes, then there wouldn't be so much strain on mothers who have to make the choice between adoption and abortion.
Secondly, denying a woman a right to an abortion is basically telling her she has less bodily autonomy than a corpse. No one is allowed to do anything to a corpse without written consent: You can't harvest organs (even if doing so might save someone's life), and you have to prepare the body as specified by the dead person, or, in the case that the corpse didn't leave a will (and therefore can't speak for themselves), their children or spouse must speak for them in their interest. While it is true that a fetus is a living creature, it is living off of its mother, its host, and because of her consent for it to remain there. I believe it is wrong to force a woman by law to give another living being consent to use her body.
What we have to remember is that women get abortions for a lot of reasons: The fetus may not be viable. The child may be severely handicapped, and would be living a life in pain outside of the womb if not aborted. The woman herself might be endangering herself by carrying the child. One of my best friends had an abortion, and her situation was dire. She had a horrible muscular disorder which, when untreated during pregnancy (she didn't have money for treatment at the time) meant there was a good chance her body would abort the fetus itself, or she would run the risk of suffocating in the night due to the effect the disease would have on her mouth and neck muscles. That aside, she couldn't afford to take care of a baby, and she couldn't risk her own life going through a pregnancy. In her case, abortion was really the only option.
Legalized abortions could actually save lives (because people are going to continue to have them, whether they are legal or not), and just because someone is pro-choice doesn't mean they're pro-abortion. I myself could never have an abortion, but I respect women enough to trust them to make their own decisions when it comes to their own body and their autonomy.
Edited by Rohirric, 23 November 2013 - 11:43 AM.