She has every right to choose to shoot heroin if she really wants to. However, heroin is an illegal drug because it has clinically significant and recorded negative consequences for the individual who uses it. Abortion is again a choice she has every right to make, however it should not be made illegal. Pro-life protestors may claim that there are clinically significant consequences for a woman who chooses to have an abortion, but many of their claims are false. I understand that since abortion, in certain cases when gestation is later, can be a major surgery that there are risks involved. Nevertheless, abortion, unlike heroin, does not have rippling negative consequences like heroin. Heroin consumption facilitates an illegal drug business that brings wealth to the “bad guys”. Women who choose to have abortions really only affect themselves (and their male partners if he knows). Of course, some people will say that there are negative consequences for the fetus because its an “unborn child”, but that’s not true. The fetus inside a woman has no ability to function outside the uterus at that stage, has no cognition, and does not think or feel. There has been recent abortion laws passed on the idea of “fetal pain”, but that study was poorly done. Additionally, the fetal movements (which aren’t felt by the mother until later in the pregnancy) are not cognitive movements, but rather simple neural reactions. So yes, she does have every right to choose an abortion. And as others have mentioned, making abortion illegal will not stop abortions. Making it illegal will simply make it harder for poorer women to find abortion providers, and the women who can afford it will continue to exercise their right to choose. Also, I will continue to re-iterate the point about sex education and free contraception being paramount in reducing the difficult choice women have to make about abortion.