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    “My body, my choice.” Perhaps this phase sounds familiar. “My body, my choice” is a common expression used to describe and support the abortion rights movement for women around the world. Abortion rights are necessary due to individual freedom, circumstance, and the prevalence of death due to unsafe abortions. Abortion is a human right that should be legal worldwide and supported through in depth sexual education and support for young men and women despite possible social or religious stigma.    The first argument one could make is that it is not up to the government to control a woman’s reproductive system. According to the World Health Organization, Abortion is linked to the right to privacy, the right to be free of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and the right to make decisions about one’s reproductive health and life, as protected by the UNs agreed upon list of human rights. (WHO)      It is cruel and inhumane to favor the life of a possibility over a living human, especially one who has undergone trauma or who’s life is put in danger by their pregnancy. Thousands of women and girls every year become pregnant as a result of rape, abuse and incest, to carry a baby to term can be dangerous both physically and psychologically for victims of such trauma, especially to young girls around the ages of 10-13 who are old enough to start their menstrual cycle and thus, get pregnant, but who could likely not give birth without severe risk to herself. Common conditions such as PCOS, Hypertension, and Diabetes can put both the woman and fetus’s lives at harm, making abortion the best choice in order to protect the life of the woman.                  Another reason proving the significance of lack of female reproductive health resources around the world, is the prevalence of unsafe and illegal abortions. Most unsafe abortions occur where abortion is illegal or in developing countries where modern contraceptives and sex education are unavailable. One in eight pregnancy related deaths world-wide are associated with unsafe abortions with yearly death rate averaging at around 20,000 women per year. (CDC) Half of all unsafe abortions are performed in Asia and and the region with the highest mortality risk due to unsafe abortion is Africa. (Center for Reproductive Rights) Those who survive experience complications such as sepsis, shock, hemorrhage, and severe damage to internal organs, often times eventually dying due to these symptoms as well.    A common argument against the choice or option of abortion is that abortion is simply just used as a “back up” or last minute choice to terminate pregnancy when no form of birth control was used. This is false as a 2015 study from Planned Parenthood shows that only one in ten women in the US who sought a legal abortion did not use contraceptives. (Planned Parenthood) This argument is also weak as it does not include rape victims or children/young teens as well as women and girls living in families or social groups where there is heavy stigma or no available resources for birth control or contraceptives.     In conclusion, despite societal stigmas, the widespread legal right to abortion and choices over ones own body is necessary in order to protect the health, safety, and human rights of women and girls around the world. Almost every abortion death and disability could be prevented through in-depth sex education, use of effective contraception, provision of safe, legal induced abortion, and timely care for complications. This proves legalization of abortion and widespread sexual education for boys and girls in both developed and developing countries is necessary, as well as improving the accessibility and funding for birth control options and reproductive procedures in countries in which it is already legalized.