Abortion Lauren Campanella

The Pew Research Center conducted a national survey and found that just over half of all Americans (54%) say that abortion should be legal in all or most cases. Fewer (40%) say it should be illegal in all or most cases. Looking at previous surveys people's opinions haven't changed much over the last couple of years.

Christian tradition going back thousands of years has always valued human life. Even the Bible considers unborn babies still very young children. People of Hindu religion consider abortion the same as "womb killing". The same goes for Islam, but Buddhism and Judaism only find it ok under certain circumstances.

When it comes to reality television such as E! News or Keeping Up with the Kardashians there is no word of abortion or anything controversial. Just like STd's it is a personal topic that isn't aired on television due to privacy.

In movies, 47% of characters get an abortion due to it conflicting with future opportunities when in reality only 20% of women have a conflicting opportunity. 40% of women are just not financially stable enough to raise a child while in movies only 10% are financially prepared. This isn't the only gap between media and reality. There are five ways that abortions on TV don't reflect reality -- age, race, income, parental status, and reason for abortion.

Abortion has taken over social media among everything else. The video was posted on Youtube and created by Lindy West. #ShoutYourAbortion is working to destigmatize abortion by creating a network of voices and a platform for women to tell their stories. "By creating and archiving abortion stories, hosting events where women can exchange and record their stories, and building a diverse web presence that provides a digital space for these narratives, #ShoutYourAbortion is changing the cultural conversation about abortion by placing women’s voices at the center."

I asked a friend who had an abortion at 16 (currently 19) about her experience and she said, "You know I think about it all the time. I was young and freshly 16. I thought I was in love, but he wasn't anything special. He basically left me to do it on my own. I think if it was up to me I would have kept it, but his mom told me no and I was really scared at the time. It is something that will stay with me forever."

"My mom had me when she was 16 and my dad was 15. I grew up like any other kid did. My mom made sure that i had the best even when money was tight. I got my first job at 16 and have been working ever since. Abortion wasn't an option for my parents... thank god!" - Katelyn D.

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