by avers2 on September 12, 2013 - 8:27pm
After birthing 3 kids and having one procedural abortion, Jennie Linn McCormack finds herself pregnant yet again. Pregnancy number five and she hasn’t learned her lesson? The man that impregnated her this time has been in and out of prison, and will clearly be of no help during a pregnancy. Instead of keeping the baby, she decides to take the cheapest and easiest way out of her repetitive mistake by purchasing abortion pills offline. Having an abortion is not a walk in the park experience, but those going through with one must be mature enough to have one. McCormack indubitably is not. Online shopping should always be a hesitant act, especially with medicine. The pills arrive in an unlabeled envelope, and McCormack takes them without any thought. The next morning, McCormack delivers a 5 month old dead female fetus with hair and recognizable features. Afterwards, she wraps it up in a bag, sticks it in a box, and hides it under her bed. It’s understandable that she was scared, but how does someone take such careless actions? Was she even thinking? Of course it started to rot, and smell. She then takes the fetus filled box and places it next to a grill on the porch of her house. Officials discover the fetus decomposed and frozen before charging McCormack with felony. McCormack says that she “…wasn’t being careless or sleeping around all the time”, yet she managed to have 5 pregnancies all of which she was undoubtedly incapable of handling.
Abortion is a tough topic, but I do believe that in certain circumstances it is ethical. For example if a woman is raped, or knowingly cannot take care of a child, abortion should be taken into consideration. With that being said, there needs to be guidelines and limitations. Abortions became legal with standards, and that is the way it should remain. Women should not be doing it themselves. Doctors are doctors for a reason, and it is their job to take care of situations such as these. Not only do self-inducing abortions hurt the fetus, but they are potentially hurting the woman. There continues to be much debate about abortion in general, and the amount of time a woman can be pregnant before an abortion is ruled out. It is unfortunate to see financially stressed women struggle to afford an abortion, but if it were easily accessible and cheap it would just be another form of birth control.
Calhoun, A. (2012). The Rise of DIY Abortions. (Cover story). New Republic, 243(20), 14-17