April 20, 2014
Abortion: A Woman’s Right
Abortion is the practice of ending a pregnancy by the causing the death of the human fetus. In 1973, abortion was legalized in the United States via the famous court case of Roe vs Wade. Even though millions of abortions have been performed since 1973, the debate over whether it ever should have been legalized is strongly argued by many Americans, as well as people of many other countries and cultures. The beliefs and opinions of these people are generally divided into two groups, those who call themselves pro-choice and those referring to themselves as pro-life. Pro-choice argues that abortion should be legalized without the influence of government or religion. Pro-life believes that unborn babies are human from the moment of conception; therefore, abortion is immoral and effectively killing innocent human beings. Although each side has many worthy issues, it is evident that the pro-choice group has a more valid argument; it is the right of the woman to make the decision in extreme cases for instance: when the mother life is threatened, when the child would have a sever disability, and in cases of rape or incest. In the case of a pregnancy where the woman is facing physical complications, an abortion should be available if needed. Some examples of physical complications include placenta previa (the placenta is attached close to or covering the cervix), ectopic pregnancy (the fertilized egg becomes embedded outside the womb), and pre-eclampsia (pregnancy induced hypertension). These life-threatening situations would pose a serious hazard to the mother if the child is carried full term, which means the mother’s life could be spared if an abortion is performed. It is the mother’s life that is now at risk and her choice and right on whether she wants to continue with the pregnancy or perform an abortion.
Abortion also allows a mother to decide whether or not she should allow her child to be born if it...