‘Views on abortion are largely formed by an individual’s religious and cultural background.’
An abortion is a deliberate termination of a human pregnancy. Sometimes abortions can happen naturally without us knowing, this is called a spontaneous miscarriage. An abortion involves removing the embryo or foetus from the uterus during a pregnancy. There are four main reasons people choose to have an abortion: wealth, religion, personal rights and medical reasons.
There are two main groups that people’s opinions are divided in to. These are the Pro-Choice and the Pro-Life arguments. Pro-Choice allows the woman to have a choice whether to have an abortion. This allows the woman’s to have a right to control her own body especially her right to an induced abortion. The pro-choice believe that a woman should be able to decide whether she wants have an abortion or not. Whereas, the pro-life believe that all life comes from god; letting the unborn live and not killing the baby in the womb. People who support the pro-life believe it is wrong to abort the innocent unborn child.
More disabled babies are aborted than healthy ones. There are mixed opinions and feelings when a disabled child is involved because some argue that disabled babies should be aborted but others are against this.
Most pro-lifers argue that a person with disability has the right to live along with every other member of society. In Britain, it is legally permitted to abort a baby on grounds of disability up to birth. Encouraging abortion on grounds of disability encourages negative stereotypes about people with disabilities. An alliance of pro-life campaigners and religious groups are launching a new push to restrict the 1967 Abortion Act, to prevent doctors terminating pregnancies on the grounds of physical abnormality. Some pro-lifers on the Telegraph article state that ‘there is no such thing as an un-wanted child just an un-wanting mother.’ Abortion of the disabled is an assumption that the lives of unborn children are of less value than other human lives, and are therefore expendable. Some pro-choice believers claim that abortion prevents disability but at the same time the pro-lifers defend their arguements by saying that all it does is killing those who happen to have disability. In 2003, an international Down syndrome screening conference was held in London and a group of people who had down syndrome shared their opinion ‘I can’t get rid of my down’s syndrome, but you can’t get rid of my happiness.’ Someone else said ‘we swim together once a week and she has to slow down for her ‘healthy’ friend so she can keep up.’ Most people with her disability are now killed before they are born. Why should babies with shorter, weaker legs have less right to life than those with stronger legs? It is utterly barbaric; in many cases these babies are fully formed.’
However, the pro-choice believe that it is the mother’s choice weather she wants to abort her disabled baby or not. If the woman decides to abort her baby then it’s probably because she doesn’t want the child to suffer, or it’ll be too hard for her to bring a disabled baby up or in most cases the mother would need a job to provide for her family and wouldn’t be able to pursue with the job because she would have to look after her disabled child full time; educate their child, learn them to socialise and talk. This may be hard for some parents to deal with. “Imagine being a single mother with a fourth child on the way. There is little time for raising the children. It takes two full time jobs just to make ends meet, and that barely happens. A third, part time job might be necessary to provide heat during the winter months. The fourth child will be here by then, and there’s little that can be done to provide any resemblance of a comfortable life. Mistakes were made in the past, and now another person has to suffer because of them. This wouldn’t be necessary if only the pregnancy could be...
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