Analytical Essay on Abortion

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The issue of abortion is one of the most sensitive and controversial issues faced by modern societies. Even though countries such as the United States of America have legalized the procedure, it is by no means widely accepted by all corners of society to date. While there are those who detest abortion in the name of the right to life, and on grounds of deprivation suffered by the child, I will be examining the reasons why abortion should be legalized throughout the course of the essay. Without a doubt, the ‘pro-life’ activists are not wrong when they claim that the right to life is the most important human right, it should be understood that whether life truly begins at the womb of a mother is very questionable. At what point exactly does a life begin? Is terminating a foetus, which can neither feel nor think and is not conscious of its own ‘existence,’ really comparable to murder? On the other hand, we have the mother, whose life might be at risk and she might even die during the process of childbirth. Furthermore, the mother is a human being herself who has all the human rights including the right to choice and liberty and has absolute freedom to do whatever she wants with her own body. On a more practical note, the fact that roughly 14,000 abortions, each year in the United States, are done because of rape or incest is further justification of having abortion as an option, since giving birth to a child under these circumstances give rise to further complex issues in the woman’s life. A very ordinary scenario may be that a young teenage girl is raped; she becomes pregnant and does not have abortion as an option. Ignoring the very important issue of the girl’s own health being endangered due to childbirth at such an early age, there are more important factors which must be considered. Who will take responsibility for the child after it is born? What will be the psychological effects on the child itself if it does not have a father? Will the girl herself be...