Finally, a woman may simply believe that bearing a child is incompatible with her life plans at the time. Continuing a pregnancy may have devasting repercussions throughout a woman’s life. If the woman is young, then a pregnancy will likely reduce her chances of pursuing an education and hence limit her career and life opportunites: “The earlier a woman has a baby, it seems, the more likely she is to remain poorly paid, peripheral to the labor market, or unemployed, and the more children she will have” (Petchesky 1985, 150*). In many circumstances, having a child will exacerbate the social and economic forces already stacked against a woman by virtue of her sex (and her race, class, age, sexual orientation, disabilities, and so forth). Access to abortion is necessary for many women if they are to escape the oppressive conditions of poverty.
*Petchesky, Rosalind P., 1985, Abortion and Women’s Choice: The State, Sexuality, and Reproductive Freedom, Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1985
Susan Sherwin, No Longer Patient: Feminist Ethics and Health Care, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1992, p. 102