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I grew up in the Catholic church and was taught that abortion was wrong. As an adult, however, I would feel more comfortable holding a pro-life political stance if I knew that our society worked diligently to protect a child's development after birth as well as before birth. It is government's responsibility to protect those who cannot protect themselves. We need adequate health care, social services, and education for every child in America. Until our government can prove that it has done everything in its power to give these securities to children, I am unsettled by the idea of restricting a woman's right to choose.

I believe that at our core, all humans are moral beings who do not wish to limit life in any way. Terminating a pregnancy is not a choice that one would make in favorable circumstances. However, for many women, there is great fear surrounding the thought of bringing a child into the world. I think that many women who decide to have an abortion are afraid of being alone or overwhelmed as a parent, or of being in an environment that will have significant negative impacts on their child's development. If this is true, then we need to be doing more, both as a nation and in our communities, to ensure women that we will act as a collective to help support our next generation.

Abortion is not an illness to be addressed; it is a symptom. When we solve the underlying issues behind abortion, we will no longer have tension-filled, partisan debates, because there will no longer be an issue to argue about.