Is abortion justified?

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Submitted: February 04, 2019

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The debate whether abortion should or shouldn't be legal has been going on for decades in several countries across the globe. It divides people and most have a strong opinion on it. Is it completely wrong or are there any good sides to legalizing abortion?

In most countries that abortion is legal, there are requirements. For example, in India, the UK and most of Latin America, abortion is an option if maternity or pregnancy is a risk to the mother/child, the pregnancy is a consequence of a rape, and some other features. In the United States and most of Europe, abortion is legal on request, meaning the mother doesn't have to give a specific reason.

Executing abortion medically when it's legal is a good argument for abortion. In countries that abortion is legal, it's usually safer to get it. In some countries where abortion is seen as the wrong option, women in need of an abortion may end up getting it from a not-so-legal source. This puts both the mother and the child at risk for medical setbacks like infections and bloodloss. It is most likely to hurt the mother and also cause uunnecessary pain to the unborn child, as they can also feel pain. Getting an illegal abortion may also end up getting the mother or her family in trouble financially or in legal matters.

Nowadays, a lot is talked about women's rights to their own body, and that is important. Everyone should be allowed to decide what they do with their body and also whether they want children or not. If you end up pregnant by accident, though, then is it just your opinion that matters? Legally, in most places, it's up to the mother to decide whether or not she wants abortion, but should we listen to the father, for example? Maybe, and in reality, many couples who end up pregnant accidentally, do discuss it together. But let's say you've gotten pregnant because of sexual assault. Then, it's most likely up to you, as it should be. No one can really expect you to keep the baby if you really don't want to. However, there are other options to abortion, like giving the baby to adoption. That doesn't mean you still shouldn't have the right to get rid of the thing growing inside you: if you've been raped and have to stand nine months of pregnancy because some men are pigs, you should be able to end it. 

So, women have rights. But does an unborn child have rights? It depends on where you live, actually. Some countries see the embryo/fetus as a living human being, which it technically is. Biologically, life begins at fertilization. However, we can't remember time before being born, or even the first years of our life. It's hard to say where a developing mass of cells becomes a "human" and maybe there is no real answer. A fetus doesn't know what is actually going on, but it can feel pain and it recognizes its mother's voice. Besides, that thing growing in someone's uterus, is soon going to be a real human, with actual rights. From the second the baby is born, it's murder if you kill it. What makes abortion any different?

A lot of people tend to bring the religious view into the debate when talking about abortion. In most, if not all, religions, life is a sacred thing and killing any form of human life is a sin. Some religions, like the Catholic church also see the use of protection during sex as a sin, as it prevents new life from being born. Of course not all Catholics do this, and I'm pretty sure you can purchase condoms in Mexico as well. That is to say, most countries nowadays allow you to choose your religion. That's why forcing one religion's believes into legislation is discrimination against the people who don't belong in that religion. If a country stated that it's illegal to eat pork (like in Judaism for example) it'd be discrimination against me, because I'm officially a Lutheran, although I consider myself an atheist. Religion and legislation should be kept apart, because let's face it, there are so many conflicts between what different religions teach, that useing the Bible or any other religious text as a law book, is only going to make other people angry. 

I personally see abortion as a good thing to be legal, as long as you have a reason to do it. I don't think being stupid and not bothering to use birth control and then getting an abortion is justified: it's causing unnecessary pain to yourself and the embryo. Legal abortions do save lives though, especially in poor countries where getting shady abortions can be life-threatening. If there is something I wish governments would do, is provide free birth control to teenagers, as young people are most likely to get an abortion as older people. It has been tried in some areas, like in some Finnish cities, and providing people in their early twenties and teenage-years has caused the amount of abortions to go down. I believe many Western countries could do this, and it'd prevent not only unwanted pregnancies, but also STDs and help teenagers in their life, as they could focus on themselves instead of having to take care of a child they might not have the recources to care for.

 

 

 

 

 


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