Most of the today’s problems and debatable issues are related to our morals and ethics. Abortion is one of the most controversial issues concerning women. For years it had been discussed that abortion shout not be legal. First of all, before a person takes a decision about abortion he or she should know exactly what it is. The dictionaries define abortion as the intentional termination of pregnancy and expulsion of an embryo or of a fetus, or of an unborn baby. This means to kill a baby before it is delivered to full term. I believe that abortion should be outlawed throughout the world because it is an act of violence by terminating the life of an innocent child, is a risk health to the mother, and does not free women.
It has been claimed that mother is the one who has to go through the actual labor of carrying on with pregnancy. She will deliver the baby, raise, and parent the baby because she has the desire to delay childbearing and consider herself young to go through it. Even though most pregnant women have a hard time in deciding whether to get an abortion or not, yet is the mother’s decision to take the stand for abortion. It is true that, the mother decides to get an abortion due to the desire to delay the childbearing. However, by all means, abortion is the same as an awful crime. Besides, abortion implies rejecting someone who is meant to live and deserves to live happily. No civilized society allows someone to intentionally take the life of another human being without being punished, and abortion is no way different. Rosenthal (2012) claims that in accordance with Guttmacher Institute; 1.21 million abortions were performed in the United States in 2008, down from 1.31 million in 2000. This is an enormous number of babies being killed. Murdering an innocent human being cannot be justified.
It has also been claimed that abortion is a safe medical procedure. The immense commons of women – 88% – that have an abortion do so in their first trimester, and there is less risk of serious complications. Many cases that involve abortion procedure show that abortion does not have any potential health risks for the mother. It is better for the mother to have an abortion rather than carrying on with an unwanted pregnancy. Moreover, some other women may decide on abortion due to the disease of the unborn baby. On the other hand, it is true that some medical cases require a woman to resort to this action. But, there is a possibility that the mother’s life may be at risk if she aborts the baby. An abortion may lead to short-term and long-term medical complications, and may affect a woman’s possibility of healthy future pregnancies. Gaul states in his article “How abortion harms women’s health” that “Physical complications include cervical lacerations and injury, uterine perforations, bleeding, hemorrhage, serious infection, pain, and incomplete abortion. Risks of complications increase with gestational age and are dependent upon the abortion procedure. Long-term physical consequences of abortion include future preterm birth and placenta previa (improper implantation of the placenta) in future pregnancies.” Not only there are physical complications but emotional complications that take part such as eating disorders, relationship problems, guilt depression, and sexual dysfunction.
It has been argued that woman as a human being should not be considered as a container for the fetus. A great consideration should be paid to woman, to her needs and rights. It is her right to decide what to do with her own bodies. The right for abortion is important for women to gain their full commitment in life, and it has a significant importance for gender equality. When abortion is proscribed, the women are being forced to use illegal abortionists. Abortion should be part of the pregnancy rights legislation that enables women to make their own choices whether to end a pregnancy or not. Sara Weddington mentioned it to the US Supreme Court in Roe v Wade that “A pregnancy to a woman is perhaps one of the most determinative aspects of her life. It disrupts her body. It disrupts her education. It disrupts her employment. And it often disrupts her entire family life”. Undoubtedly, a woman should be free to make her choices. On the contrary, this issue rises up a lot of ideas about the violation of human rights. The right of life should always outweigh the right of an individual to seek equality. Foetus is not the same sort of thing as a living human being: it is not just a part of the woman’s body, but it is a separate human being with the right to live. Abortion does not free women, but allows the people not to provide to women’s needs. The women are entitled to carry the baby in their womb, and it is unethical to say that the women have the rights to choose when there is another soul that has the right to live. Women’s freedom and life choices are not limited by bearing children, and aborting the baby will not free a woman from the responsibilities.
To sum up, abortion should not be legalized throughout the world because it is an act of violence by killing an innocent child, is a risk health to the mother, and does not free women. No matter what, abortion is a crime. The life of a baby is the light of this world. By killing them, we are killing ourselves.