Is a woman's right to choose more important than a child's right to live?
When it come to abortion, there will always be two groups of people: one who believes that abortion is the killing of a human being, and the other who believes that every women has the right to determine and control what happens to her own body. Abortion can occur naturally, often known as miscarriage, if the body feels it must get rid of any badness, but the baby must still be removed from the womb, the same as if it were an abortion.
Abortions became legal in 1967. Many abortions before that were carried out in unhygienic conditions by unqualified abortionist. These were known as ‘back street abortionists’. Due to this many women died of infection and suffered great pain. Women had to do this because it was socially wrong to have children out of marriage and could lead to girls being disowned by family and their community. A law was passed for doctors to carry out abortions without fear of being arrested. This was to stop the deaths of women and to help them cope and for them not to live in fear.
The main reasons for abortion are:
A girl becomes pregnant at an early age. This is considered a reason to terminate pregnancy because the girl will have a future ahead of her and been pregnant will stop her from doing lots of things such as going out with her friends and will shorten childhood. The community would also frown upon it and this could cause problems for the family. ·
Peer pressure. Often a young girl is forced to have an abortion by parents or guardians. This could be because they don’t want anyone to find out or they think she is to young to become a mother. ·
Financial hardship. If a woman doesn’t have the funds to support a baby she might decide to get rid of it to save herself from stress and debt. ·
Baby conceived due to rape or incest. A woman may want to terminate this pregnancy because if she goes ahead with it, it will be a dreadful reminder of what happened to her and what horrific circumstances in which she conceived. ·
The baby shows signs that it is going to be handicapped. Knowing this might make the women choose to have an abortion if she thought she couldn’t cope or it might weaken her relationship with her partner.
Medical abortions are usually preformed later on in pregnancy, Drugs are given. If the child is old enough to be born alive it is sometimes given a lethal injection beforehand so that it will die in the womb. There is also the morning after pill which only works for up to 72 hours after conception. Surgical abortions can be carried out in several ways:
Vacuum aspiration. The baby is sucked out and down a powerful ‘vacuum cleaner’ ·
Dilation and curettage. The baby is scraped out of the womb. ·
Dilation and Evacuation. Forceps are used to crush the unborn baby and is removed from the womb in bits.
The biblical teachings on abortion that could be used in a discussion are:
Genesis: ‘God gave life and only God should take it away’. By saying this we claim that only God has the right and is worthy enough to take life and give it.
Jeremiah: ‘We are precious and special’. By aborting young humans is not treating them for the precious things that they are but destroying their existence.
Psalm: ‘Before you were born, I knew you’. If this teaching was used in discussion we are saying that God knows us before we are born so killing a child in the womb is just as bad as killing one outside of the womb as both of them have equal rights in Gods eyes.
Commandment: ‘you shall not kill’. Killing a child in the womb is just as bad as killing one outside of the womb.
Respect life. The bible doest say ‘respect life unless the child is handicapped’ because we are all equal in Gods eyes.
Whatever the circumstances of conception, all human life is sacred.
Commandment: ‘Love one another’. Abortion is not a loving act.
Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love...
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