|Some arguments don't withstand scrutiny|
A new wave of more liberal abortion laws is sweeping the country.
The language generally contains a clause that grants exceptions "...for the mother's health..."
The implication is that having a child is inherently dangerous to the mother or that raising the child will negatively impact her health.
That claim is suspect if one looks at life expectancy. To cite a study from 2006
RESULTS:Life span of fathers increased in linear fashion with increasing number of children (0.23 years per additional child; p =.01), while life span of mothers increased linearly up to 14 children (0.32 years per additional child; p =.004) but decreased with each additional child beyond 14 (p =.0004)....
Looking at people I know, having a child caused them to "settle down". They did not party as much. They selected a primary doctor. They went to work in the morning. They drank less and had fewer sexual partners. They paid more attention to the food they ate. All factors that increase longevity.
Sure, for a few women, having a child is a life threatening event. Post-partum blues are real. But for the vast majority of women having a child will increase their life expectancy even if it diminishes the horizons for self-actualization.