If abortion is illegal it would cause more deaths and medical problems because girls and women would get abortions anyway. This way it's regulated. Also, government backed birth control and family planning would decrease the number of abortions. Sometimes girls get pregnant and there is no better answer for them. Being forced to bear unwanted children is a poverty inducer for both the mother and the child. And, Republicans complain if tax money is used to help them. Women should not be punished further for being women. It takes two to get pregnant.