One of the greatest challenges we face in life is coming to accept that there are things we cannot change.
In order to deal with this, there are many strategies- some better than others. However, what often sets the success stories apart is one thing – the realization that we can always control how we react to situations.
According to a 2008 study, approximately 98% of abortions are performed because of reasons relating to “personal choice” . In other words, they are not performed because of rape, incest, or danger to the life of the mother.
Of this 98%, almost one-third (32%) choose to have an abortion because they feel they are too young and not ready to take care of a child . Approximately 30% do so because of economic pressures . Other major reasons include wanting to take on a major life change, not being in a strong relationship, and feeling that one already has enough children .
While some women in these situations may wish that they had been more careful in avoiding pregnancy, the reality is that the human life has already been created. The decision in front of the mother is how to react to this reality.
Abortion is never the right answer. Not only does it present a great deal of risks to the mother, but it always results in the death of an innocent life. Choosing life over death can be an empowering experience.
The ultimate power of the universe is not one that can be found by taking control of other people or the material world, but instead by taking control over ourselves – and this is a power within the reach of us all.
 Johnston, Robert. (2008). “Reasons Given for Having Abortions in the United States.” Johnston’s Archive, 9 Oct 2008. Web. 15 Jun 2011. http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/policy/abortion/abreasons.html
Guttmacher Institute. (2011). “Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States .”Guttmacher Institute, May 2011. Web. 12 Jun 2011. http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html
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