Abortion is a controversial issue affecting our society. At the present time abortions are legal. However, there are groups of people who would like this to change. Popular belief among pro-choice coalitions is that abortion is a matter that should be decided on by the mother; however, abortion in its truest sense is the termination of a human life. As a society we must set clear boundaries about this issue or else we will be ending innocent lives or we will face women having abortion as a substitute for birth control. Both sides provide very strong and debatable opinions, which leads to a frenzy of controversy. Abortion should be illegal because abortions are immoral, they contradict many religious teachings, and abortions are a large health risk to women.
Many moral conflicts exist when dealing with abortion. Abortion is sometimes used as a financial reason, 75% of people say that they just can’t afford a child; others say that having a baby would interfere with work, school, etc. (Abortion as Birth Control 1). On the other hand 50% do not want to be a single parent or/and have problem with their husband/partner (Abortion as Birth Control 1). In the case of Roe v. Wade the court stated, “State laws limiting such access during the second trimester were upheld only when the restrictions were for the purpose of protecting the health of the pregnant woman (Roe v. Wade 1).” None of that would happen if they used birth control in the first place, about 8% of women or couples never used a method of birth control (Abortion as Birth Control 1). Some women are using abortion as birth control, and that is not healthy. There are so many different types of birth control they could use, and there are also different options people could choose other than abortion. There are so many couples out there that want to adopt a baby, but they have to be on a waiting list. Maybe some people would not be so careless if abortion was illegal.
Major supports of pro-life are from moral ethics and religious teachings. The largest Christian group, which is the Roman Catholic Church, has always condemned abortion as a grave evil. They believe that life begins once conception is made, and it is agreed upon for most people. In the case of Webster v. Reproductive health services public employees or facilities were not be used as abortions unless it was necessary to safe the mother, because there believes are also that life beings at conception (Webster v. Reproductive health services 1). It is a sin to murder; they teach the young ones that abortion is a form of murder, the situation or conditions that lead up to the pregnancy does not matter. If a medical procedure is needed that involves the death of the fetus as an accidental side effect; this is the only exception. About 1% of abortions are done because of the mother’s health. (Steinmetz 3) Abortions are also performed for social and financial reasons.
Abortion harms more than just one person it hurts two, abortion can lead to many medical and psychological complications such as infection, miscarriages, depression, etc. Most of the women who have an abortion regret it; they are left with guilt, and emotionally scarred for life. One woman had an abortion and she says, “For 15 years I couldn’t forgive myself, now I suffer from alcoholism, depression and insurmountable guilt and mourning.” (CBR / Does Abortion Hurt Women 12). In some cases women feel so lonely and are filled with guilt that they can’t live with it and they take their own life. The risk of death from suicide is two to six times higher for women who have had abortion when compared with women who have given birth (Bachiochi 2). A study published in a recent edition of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders found that women who aborted their unintended pregnancies were 30% more likely to subsequently report all the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder than those women who had...