Abortion: Why the Need Arises
Abortion During the past quarter-century, abortion has joined race and war as 6ne of the most debatable subject of controversy in the United States. It discusses human interaction where ethics, emotions, and law come together. Abortion poses a moral, social, and medical dilemma that faces many individuals to create an emotional and violent atmosphere. There are many points of view toward abortion but the only two fine distinctions are pro-choice and pro-life.
A pro-choicer would feel that the decision to abort a pregnancy is that of the mothers and the state has no right to interfere. A pro-lifer would hold that from the moment of conception, the embryo or fetus is alive. This life imposes on us a moral obligation to preserve it and that abortion is tantamount to murder.
In the United States, about 1.6 million pregnancies end in abortion. Women with incomes under eleven thousand are over three times more likely to abort than those with incomes above twenty-five thousand. Unmarried women are four to five times more likely to abort than married and the abortion rate has doubled for 18 and 19-year-olds. Recently the U.S. rate dropped 6 percent overall but the rate of abortion among girls younger than 15 jumped 18 percent.
About 40 percent of Americans believe that abortion should remain legal and 40 percent believe it should be banned except when the pregnancy threatens the life of the mother or is the result of rape or incest. Also, 15 percent of events should be illegal in all cases. Although abortion is regarded as a women’s right, it should be banned with exceptions because it’s considered murder, has many psychological side effects and there is an alternative. Abortion is a women’s own right and choice.
In 1973 the hoe v. Wade decision proved this by recognizing abortion as a fundamental constitutional right and made it legal in all states. The law now permits abortion at the request of the women without any restrictions in the first trimester and some restrictions in the second trimester to protect the women’s health. The National Abortion Right Act Leag le argues that without legal abortion women would be denied their constitutional right of privacy and liberty. The women’s right to her own body subordinates those of the fetus and the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe V. Wade argued that the women’s right to privacy overruled the fetus’s right to life. If abortion was illegal, it would force poor women to bear and raise children they can’t afford to bring up. There would be a number of unsafe abortions in back allies. It would also force women to give up their dreams and stay home to bring up babies. Worst of all, it would condemn victims of ape and incest to carry and nurture the offspring of their rapist.
In the United States, many infants will not make it to puberty, old age, or even their second birthday. Just because of their shortened life, it doesn’t mean that it never existed. Dr. Nathanson stopped performing abortions after becoming aware of the horrors he observed. A woman has the right to go to bed with who she wants, but she can not choose death for her child. It’s a direct violation of human rights. Anthony Simpson has a photo of an aborted fetus and believes that abortion is nothing less but ruthless murder.
Abortion is the unnatural end of pregnancy. That child has a right to life that is equal to the mother’s right. One cannot kill another human being just because they wished it wasn’t around. Abortion is the murder of the innocent practiced on a national scale. Overall it has been proven that a fetus is a real person. It responds to noise, has feelings and fears. To have an abortion will destroy an innocent life which is directly connected to the murder.
Scientific research has successfully shown that abortion causes many psychological side effects. It leaves the woman with many strong feelings about their decision. They feel sadness, wishing things could have been different, and grief for a lost life. Guilt arises because they know a fetus represents an independent life. Anger builds up towards other people having to do with their decision. Sometimes the mother may feel that she has infact been abandoned. Most of all the mother feels ashamed and embarrassed about her action. People close to the mother may be angry at her for ending her pregnancy and make it difficult for her to deal with.