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Should women be allowed to voice their opinions on whether they will to bring a baby into their life or not? Should abortions be legalised in cases of rape and incest and the reasons behind it? Here are a few arguments as to why and why not we should legalisation abortion. Firstly, we will look…
Rights. Principles. Personhood. These words are central to the controversy surrounding abortion all over the world. Abortion defined as the “termination of a pregnancy resulting in or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus” triggers debates and protests throughout (Boddu 78). In the Republic of Ireland, one would find a narrow outlook…
Abortion is a controversial issue that many people have nowadays. Abortion is a process where the mother terminates the fetus. The main reasons for an abortion are rape, teenage pregnancy, prostitution and disability diagnosis. Abortion should be made legal because abortion is a women’s right to make decisions about her own body, not painful to…
Abortion is ending pregnancy by removal of under developed fetus from a mother’s uterus. There has been a lot of debate between governments and religious leaders on whether to legalize abortion or not. Many governments have introduced laws that prevent abortion by introducing punishments of both the person who performs the act and the person…
When people think of the word “abortion”, a multitude of emotions work their way into people’s minds. Biologically, a newly formed zygote is considered life according to the Cell theory; and the ending of a life is no laughing matter. Because of this, there are many ethical implications that come along with the act of…
In the modern-day United States, numerous moral and legal issues are causing differences in belief, thus turning the attention of advocates (or protestors) away from their own cause to that of their opponents. In a sense, personal liberation has become not so much about advocating for certain rights as much as it has become about…
Roe v. Wade was a landmark decision that legalized abortions in the United States. It was about a poor, pregnant woman who filed a lawsuit against the state law of Texas, which stated that abortions were illegal. The case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which meant that the decision made affected…
Murder suspects in America are convicted every day. yet thousands of murderers murder people without meeting ends With injustice. Abortion continues to stand as one of the most debatable subject matters in America while several points indicate that it is wrong. Because ethics and law intertwine, the Abortion debate continues to be a fired-up topic….
Is abortion a choice or is it murder? Abortion is one of the most controversial subjects of this generation. A surgical procedure to end a pregnancy by removing the fetus and placentas from the uterus is another way to describe this act. This procedure is usually preformed between six or twelve weeks into a pregnancy….
Currently, abortion is one of the most controversial issues in our society. The 1973 supreme court ruling of Roe v. Wade allowed for women to legally obtain abortions throughout their entire pregnancy, however, conditions were put into place that allowed for states to regulate abortions during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. As a…
A history of abortion!
Abortion has been a known practice among women for thousands of years. It has been legal in the United States since the first settlers crossed the ocean centuries ago.
There was legislation in the nineteenth century that made abortions legal in some states, but ever since the revolutionary Supreme Court case Roe vs. Wade, women are given the right to decide to have an abortion or not. In recent years, abortions have become a safer way to terminate one’s pregnancy, and involve much less risk than in the past.
Do women have the right to an abortion?
Women abort their fetuses for numerous reasons, including lack of money, cases of rape, and illness among other things. Medicine has developed safer ways to have an abortion, and it gives probable mothers another option when dealing with pregnancy.
Abortion is morally permissible because women have the natural right to control their own bodies, and make respectful decisions for the good of themselves, their body, and their health. First off, the United States Supreme Court Case Roe vs. Wade gives rights to women on abortions.
The decision clearly outlines that “states were forbidden from outlawing or regulating any aspect of abortion performed during the first trimester of pregnancy, could only enact abortion regulations reasonably related to maternal health in the second and third trimesters, and could enact abortion laws protecting the life of the fetus only in the third trimester” (McBride). The supreme governing body of the United States gave the full right to women to decide what is best for their bodies during pregnancy. Any people who believe this is an issue need to look at the precedent set by those Supreme Court judges back in the 1970s.
To go against the ruling of the Supreme Court is going against the given autonomy of the people of the United States. It is their right to decide, and that right should not be challenged nor changed. Additionally, abortion is morally permissible because fetuses are not considered human beings while in the wound.
What is a fetus?
Antiabortionists often talk of “quickening,” which is the point they believe that the soul enters the body, and is normally the point when the woman can first feel their fetus start moving. The rough estimate for this is from 12 to 20 weeks.This is an 8-week time span, and in the grand scheme of development of the baby, the first movement means nothing but what it actually is – the baby moving.
The fetus while in the mother is nothing more than a lump of developing cells. If people believe that getting rid of a “lump of cells” is immoral then maybe medical professionals should not remove cancerous tumors from people’s bodies because that too would be immoral. During the gestational period, the baby is merely developing off the mother’s nutrients, not developing a sense of moral worth and soul.
The fetus is not autonomous, and is still reliant on the mother for survival; therefore, the mother has every right to decide what she wants to do with the fetus. If she does not have the financial stability to raise a child, she has the right to abort. If the fetus is the result of rape, she has the right to abort. If it is known that the child will have some debilitating birth defect, she has the right to abort. If the fetus was unplanned and gets in the way of work, school, or any other life plan for the mother, she has the right to abort.
Can the fetus feel pain?
It is scientifically proven that fetuses cannot feel pain while in their mothers’ stomachs so there is no issue in preforming an abortion within the time limits set forth by the government in Roe vs. Wade.
Anti-abortionists often argue, “The loss of one’s life is one of the greatest losses one can suffer” (Marquis 462); however, who is to say that if every child whose mother debated abortion was born instead of aborted that the rate of infant mortality, homelessness, or child abuse would not rise.
Why do women have an abortion?
Some mothers abort their babies because they know that they cannot provide a nurturing and caring environment for their child. As Mark Brown states, “the potential future of value of the fetus is no less dependent upon favourable external circumstances” (Brown 467).
There are mothers out there who are brave enough to decide that they are not capable of caring for a child, and they should be given the utmost right to uphold that decision, and terminate their fetus. Finally, the decision to be pro-choice or anti-abortion often becomes a matter of religion.
The idea about abortion ties closely with the beliefs of the Christian religion. Our country has long had an established difference between church and state; this is a main reason why many settlers migrated to North America in the first place. They were in search of religious freedom – they wanted to choose how to live their lives according to their beliefs, not anyone else’s.
To make the matter of abortion into a federal law would be going against the ideals of our founding fathers.
The First Amendment clearly states, “Congress shall make no law regarding the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” (Bill of Rights). Certain religions, like Christianity, believe that abortion is wrong, and to make abortion legal would be promoting that the United States aligns itself with the Christian religion, which is outlined as illegal in the United States Bill of Rights.
Abortion is a personal struggle
Abortion is a matter of personal belief, and that belief has to be respected, because that right is given by the government.
The right is backed up politically in the Bill of Rights and in the Supreme Court. It is supported medically, through new technology that allows for abortions to be safer for the woman than ever before. Prominent ethicists support and argue for the rights of women to be able to decide for themselves. Abortion is a personal struggle that women deal with each in their own way. Some may be scared, some may keep the decision secret, and for some it may be against their religion, but for all women it is their right to choose to have one.