Legalization of Abortion

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Lerato MthimkhuluEnglish Argumentative22 February 2008
Grade 12 O EssayMrs. Turner

Abortion should not be legal
In South Africa

Abortions date back to as far as the 1840’s and is still one of the most often performed procedures in South Africa. There have been many cases of women dying after having a “backstreet” abortion (an abortion that happens in an unsafe environment and procedure is performed by an inexperienced doctor). Even if abortion was illegal there are still going to be “backstreet” abortions and many women would still be in danger.

An abortion is the removal of an embryo or fetus from the uterus, which causes it to die. There are the pros and cons regarding the legalization of abortions. The good side to having an abortion is that if a woman is raped and does not want any reminder of the incident then abortions should be legal. Rape can cause serious damage to the self confidence of a woman and is something she would want to forget, and having a baby from someone that raped you is not something a woman would not want to be reminded of. The child will also grow up knowing that they were a mistake and that is not a life any child should have to live. So in that case abortions should be legal.

The bad side to abortions is that many uneducated women are using abortion as a contraceptive. Every time the woman gets pregnant she goes and has an abortion. Instead of having protected sex or not having sex at all, they have abortions so they don’t have babies. This is very wrong because they are abusing abortions. If the women can’t afford the correct contraceptives prescribed by the doctors they should not be getting pregnant because they know they don’t want the child or they can’t afford it. So in this case abortion should not be legal.

The other bad side of abortions is that there are “backstreet” abortions where an inexperienced person performs the abortion. These abortions usually take place in unhygienic areas and the...
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