Is Abortion Morally Acceptable?
Summary: The foundation of our democracy is based upon the sacredness of human life. Hence, to deliberately take a life is not acceptable. Abortion, which indeed takes away life, is no exception. It's tolerance is an attack on democracy. The topic of abortion is a highly controversial issue in today's society, and various views are held concerning the morality of the procedure. Some people feel that abortion is simply cold-blooded murder, because it is their opinion that a 'foetus' is a human being from the moment of conception. However, others would argue that a foetus is merely insubstantial matter, dependant entirely on its mother's body for survival, with no real life of its own. It is for this reason that pro-abortionists support the woman's choice to undergo abortion. After all, why should something so small and insignificant, which is not yet human, be entitled to the same rights and privileges a real human has" The Women's Rights Movement, which began in 1848 and ended only in 1998, has entitled the women of our society to various rights. Among these, was the right to have control over their body. Considering this, many would point out that terminating a pregnancy is done so within the rights of the woman, and is therefore completely acceptable. If a baby is not a 'baby' at all, but merely a part of its mother's body, surely it is her choice whether it should live or die!
Anti-abortionists often refer to abortion as, ' the intentional killing of unborn babies', and see it as an evil deed, committed only by those who do not appreciate the value of human life. Although, it seems that, in many cases it is quite the opposite. In cases such as one night stands, rape or underage pregnancies, mothers often tend to choose abortion with the fear that they cannot give their child the life they deserve. These pregnancies are unwanted, accidental even. The mother does not plainly wish to kill her child for selfish reasons, but feels that she would not be able to provide it with a loving environment, be it due to social discrimination, single parentage or mental or physical disabilities. For this reason, women must not be forced to bring their child into the world if they feel they cannot give it a proper life.
To counteract this, anti-abortionists would argue that an alternative would be adoption. They feel that just because a mother is not capable of looking after her child, her killing of it cannot be justified. If she truly had the child's best interests at heart rather than her own, she would give it the chance to live despite the circumstances. Alternatively, it must be considered that the majority of women who undergo abortion often do so while anxious, confused, desperate or even suicidal. They rarely discuss or consider the consequences of their actions, failing to take into account alternative options and see it only as a quick escape. It is widely known that the psychological effects of abortion can be devastating for women, as many seek counselling and are left feeling guilty and alone as they realise the extent of their loss.
Those who support abortion insist that there are many cases in which the procedure is vital because birth can be extremely damaging to the mother's life. In cases such as underage pregnancy, the girl's education and childhood would be destroyed. In illegitimacy, the mother would face discrimination and hostility from her church and community, and in rape, the child, the product of its mother's rape, would be an ever-present reminder of her attack. If giving birth can, in these situations have such negative effects on the mother's life, how can her only escape be deemed 'unacceptable'"
However, anti-abortionists would argue that those who support the procedure often highlight the rights of the mother and tend to overlook the victim's right to choose. They point out that the baby is the victim in all cases and feel that the only reason it is denied...
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