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ShouldAbortion be Legal?
Abortionis a serious issue affecting the modern society. It is a way ofterminating unwanted pregnancies through inducing miscarriages orputting the fetus into unfavorable conditions so that it may perish.The number of abortion cases rises every year. However, there arecampaigns against abortion that claim abortion is murder. Thoseagainst abortion assert that there are other options that can helppeople prevent abortion. Nevertheless, other people support abortion,claiming that in some cases, the mother should not give birth. Thisessay will investigate the reasons that may cause the mother toconsider abortion and, on the other hand, look at why some peoplestand firm against it. This will answer if abortion should belegalized.
Abortionis murder irrespective of how people try to put it. Once abortion issuccessful, life is lost. Science has proven that a fetus has anindependent life while still in the mother’s womb. Moreover, ahuman being forms right after conception. Hence, people shouldrespect human life, and, since nobody has liberty for taking anotherhuman’s life, should consider other options like adoption.
Thebook “A defense of abortion” (2011) enlightens the reader aboutthe truths and the myths about abortion. The author uses powerfulskills to educate the readers on the truth about abortion.Additionally, after reading the book, a person becomes aware of otherchoices that can substitute abortion. For instance, Boonin claimsthat if the mother wishes to abort due to financial reasons, she canopt for adoption. This point should be noted before procuring anabortion since it gives an infant a chance to live. Moreover, afterbirth, the mother could overcome the fear she had, and end up keepingthe baby. In that case, abortion would have given a final judgmentand deny the probability of a mother loving her child (Boonin 118).
Solinger(2010) asserts if people like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were victimsof abortion, maybe the computer world would not have been. As aresult, the author argues that if a mother does not want to raise achild, she should give her child to foster parents for adoption.Adopting children will prevent the society from losing knowledgeablepersons required to improve the modern world. For instance, societiesrequire professionals skilled in developing medication for treatingpandemics affecting such as Malaria affecting many people livingclose to wetlands and rain forests. Persons intending to abort afetus should instead give the child to adoption. Many people withfertility issues or looking to raise big families readily adoptchildren.
Peoplewould appreciate adopting a child obtained legally, and sometimesprovide better parenting than biological parent would. Abortion is alegal murder. A life is lost every time a successful operationhappens. However, abortion is always murder. Those who say it isjustified in cases of rape or incest are not saying it is not murderin those cases (Solinger 37).
Abortioncan result to psychological and physical effects. Abortion proceduresmay result to psychological or physical effects to the patients ifproper measures are not adhered to during and after the procedures.Majority of women who end up with unwanted pregnancies are confusedand rush for quick solutions. Consequently, many of them do not takethe time to seek qualified medical practitioners to perform anabortion. As a result, they end up injured by the procedures.Additionally, their conscience denies them piece of mind.
McDonagh,the author of the book titled “Breaking the Abortion Deadlock: FromChoice to Consent” (2010) asserts that there are physical andpsychological side effects that come with abortion. The author arguesthat an abortion can result to a traumatic experience, especially ifthe patient is a young girl, or was forced by circumstances to do it.In addition, the author argues that most people feel guilty and taketime to come to terms with their choice.
Abortionalso increases the risk of complications in later pregnancies. Forinstance, if the abortion is done in a wrong way, the mother can getan infection that can cause health complications such as infertility.Moreover, doctors conducting abortion procedures may not bequalified. Patients looking for an illegal favor from a doctor maynot ask for a professional’s qualifications (McDonagh 378).
Thebook, “Abortion and the Ways We Value Human Life” by Reiman(2009) focuses on showing that abortion is murder no matter howpeople try to put it. The author compares how people lived in thepast to the modern days. This illustrates that there were manysuccessful births in the past compared to the modern days.Additionally, the author argues that in the 80’s and the 90’s,people were more responsible than the present days.
Theauthor claims that the modern ways of people’s social lives haveplayed a major role in enticing people into sexual relations thatlead to unwanted pregnancies. According to the author, in the 1980’s,the word “sex” was a taboo. Nevertheless, in the modern era,young teenagers perform it without considering the consequences thatmay occur.
Additionally,these young people are not informed about proper protection measureswhile engaging in premarital sex. Hence, the young adolescents maystart dealing with unwanted pregnancy issues. Unplanned pregnanciesmake teenagers consider abortion as an easy way out of theirirresponsible actions (Reiman151).
Abortiondegrades humanity. Abortion degrades the value of human life.Additionally, ending the life of a human being in its early stageshows that people do not value human life. People should valuehumanity and human reproduction. Abortion works against the humanreproduction, moreover, human population is affected by theincreasing rate of abortion. According to Reiman, the author of“Abortion and the Ways We Value Human Life” (2009), abortiondemeans humanity. The author asserts that abortion interferes withthe human reproduction system. Moreover, he argues that the practiceis inhumane, and many girls are misled by the society that displaysabortion as a normal thing in modern society.
Moreover,the author asserts that arguing a fetus is not a human being iswrong. According to Reiman, a human being’s life starts right afterthe mother conceives. Destroying fetus is killing a life that hasjust started growing. He claims science has proven that a new humanbeing or organism is formed from the time of conception when a singlecell of the embryo is formed. For that reason, nobody has the rightto end the life of a guiltless person deliberately (Reiman 72).
Adoptionis the best option. If mothers considered chose adoption, loss ofinnocent lives would cease. There are people and organizations setand would love to take care of these children. Additionally, somepeople cannot give birth due to biological reasons. Hence, instead ofaborting these infants, mothers should give birth and reward thepeople who are yearning to become parents.
Solinger(2010), the author of the book titled, “Abortion wars: A halfcentury of struggle, 1950-2000” argues that fetus termination isnot the best way to deal with unwanted pregnancies. The author arguesthat a mother can consider adoption alternative if she would like togive the embryo a chance to live. Additionally, the author assertsthat a mother never knows the future or destiny of the child. Heargues that an abortion may deny gifted people a chance fortransforming the society.
Theauthor affirms that throughout history, an increase in humanpopulation has played a major role in the improvement of advancementand modernity. For instance, for the last two hundred years, humanpopulation has doubled. Without an increase in human population, theworld’s development would not be growing so rapidly. However, thepopulation growth and modernity has come with some challenges. Thisresearch intends to address whether to draw a line and say no totaking lives of innocent infants or permit abortion just because itis a woman’s right and privacy (Solinger 39).
Abortionshould be a woman’s choice. This statement offers a differentperspective to the issue of abortion. Additionally, it tries toconsider those that support abortion from their point of view. Forinstance, mothers’ lives are at risk in some cases because apregnancy. In such a case, a medical professional can recommendabortion to save the mother’s life. Similarly, biological mutationor abnormality of an infant can warrant an abortion to save a childfrom potential future problems. However, aborting pregnanciesresulting from rape or incest cases is debatable.
Accordingto Shrage (2003), people criticize women who undergo abortions, yetthey do not understand what they go through. For instance, the authorillustrates a situation of three men who kidnap a woman and molesther repeatedly. After her release, she reports the matter to thepolice who take her to a healthcare facility for medical checkup.That is when she finds out that she is pregnant.
Theauthor asserts that keeping this pregnancy would only add salt to herwounds. Moreover, the woman would not heal from that painfulexperience, and the author sees no point of keeping a baby whosefather cannot be distinguished from the three criminals. Hence, theauthor concludes that a woman should be permitted to choose what sheshould do to her body (Shrage 22).
Thebook “Breaking the Abortion Deadlock: From Choice to Consent” byMcDonagh (2010) is a good piece that explains an abortion in adifferent manner. The author has researched and concluded that somecases of abortion may affect the patient in different ways. Forinstance, the author states that there is a need for furtherexamination to see how the patient is fairing. According to theauthor, some patients suffer physical effects like bacterial andyeast infections while others suffer long-term psychological effects.
Additionally,a patient may develop feelings of guilt when later in life sherealizes that she would be raising a child of her own of her own.Moreover, the author argues that the mother may feel that shemurdered someone at some point in her life. McDonagh emphasizes thatthere is a need to seek a psychiatrist’s help if a patient showssigns of depression. Additionally, the author asserts that it isimportant to seek counseling at the early stages of depression(McDonagh 247).
Inconclusion, abortion is an immoral and selfish act. Thusly, it shouldonly be permitted under medical conditions, for example, when themother’s life is at risk. However, there is no way to stopabortion. Even if abortion is prohibited, women will still do it.Hence, organizations should focus on educating people on ways toavoid unwanted pregnancies. Moreover, people considering abortionshould be enlightened that there is always an adoption option.Moreover, abortion brings many challenges than solutions in a modernsociety. Much like all aspects of human life, any statement cannot bejudged as right or wrong without considering both sides of theargument. Therefore, the issue should be left open for individuals tojudge. However, as this paper indicates, abortion causes more harmthan the solution it provides. Hence, abortion should not be legal.
Boonin,David. ADefense of Abortion.New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. Print.
McDonagh,E L. "Breaking the Abortion Deadlock: from Choice to Consent."Womenand Politics.21 (2000): 138. Print.
Reiman,Jeffrey H. Abortionand the Ways We Value Human Life.Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield, 1999. Print.
Shrage,Laurie. Abortionand Social Responsibility: Depolarizing the Debate.Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. Print.
Solinger,Rickie. AbortionWars: A Half Century of Struggle, 1950-2000.Berkeley, Calif: University of California Press, 2010. Print.