Abortion Exposition

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Pregnancy to a woman is perhaps one of the most influential aspects of her life. Pregnancy disrupts a female’s body, her education, her employment and often disrupts her entire family life. Due to the impact on the woman, this is a matter which is of such concern to the woman involved that she should be allowed to make the choice as to whether to continue or to abort her pregnancy. Abortion should remain legal in Australia because allows women the right to control one's own body, it also provides teenagers who become pregnant equal prospects for the future. Forcing a woman to continue pregnancy when conceived by violent act would cause further psychological harm to the victim and furthermore abortion allows women the option to terminate pregnancy of severely disabled children with disadvantaged hope for the future. For the above reasons, abortion should remain legal in Australia. A person’s unqualified right to control their body is a foundation of modern society. An unwanted pregnancy can have a massive impact on all aspects of a woman's life, her financial situation, employment, mental and physical health, and relationships. For a woman to even begin to have control over her life, she must be able to choose if and when she has children. Since no contraceptive is 100% effective, having control over reproduction means always having the option of a safe abortion. Gaining the access to safe and legal abortions allows a woman to have the basic right of controlling her own body. Without legal abortion many people will look to other options including unsafe, illegal abortion that put their bodies at risk or to continue their pregnancy, even in situations that were of little advantage to both the woman and the unborn foetus. Society has no right to control what happens to a person's body, and does not try to manage men's bodies in such a manner, so the right to abortion has equalises women by giving them the right to manage their own bodies. Therefore abortion should remain legal in Australia to allow women the right to control their own bodies. Giving birth while a teenager is strongly associated with disadvantage later in life, as teenage mothers are less likely to complete school, have low levels of qualifications, be unemployed or low paid, live in poor housing conditions, suffer from depression and live on welfare. A large number of studies indicate that children born to teen mothers who are unable to provide for their unplanned children, begin school with significant disadvantages in learning, achieve below average in school and on standardised tests and are much less likely to complete school than the children of women who have delayed childbearing until they reach their twenties. Children of teenagers are more likely to live in poverty, to grow up without a father, to become a victim of neglect or abuse, become involved in crime and abuse, drugs and alcohol, and eventually to become teenage parents themselves, beginning the cycle all over again. When finances, life circumstances and unstable personal relationships prevent a teen mother from being able to raise her child in a loving, safe, and beneficial environment, abortion is a responsible choice. For this reason abortion should remain legal in Australia.

Although pregnancy as a result of either rape or incest is extremely rare, there is no getting around the fact that pregnancy does occur in some instances. Bioethicist Andrew Varga argues that in these tragic cases the great value of the mental health of a woman who becomes pregnant as a result of rape or incest can best be safe-guarded by abortion. It is also said that a pregnancy caused by rape or incest is the result of a grave injustice and that the victim should not be obliged to carry the foetus to viability. This would keep reminding her for nine months plus the life-time of the woman of the violence committed against her and would just increase her mental torture. It is reasoned that the value of the...
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