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Abortion is when an embryo or foetus is removed from a pregnant woman through surgery. This ultimately kills the baby as it is already growing inside the womb.
There is much debate about whether or not women should an abortion if wish to do so. There are strict religious guidelines about abortions because after all should a person have the right to stop their own baby from having a life? But on the other hand doesn’t a female know best whether she can cope with a child at this moment of her life? This essay will dip into the pros and cons of abortion.
The Argument For And Against
A woman may become pregnant after having an affair at the pub with a random man and then find out later that she is pregnant. She has not got a stable life at the moment. She is still living at home and going to university. She has no intention of bringing up a child at this stage of her like and has no partner to her look after the child.
Should she go off and have the baby and it a hard upbringing? Or should she have an abortion and then after she gets a job, a husband and a steady like give birth. Many people would say abortion is the best choice.
There are strong religious views regarding abortions. Christians believe that God gives life as a sacred and special thing. Christians believe that no human should have the right to take away anyone’s life, which is something for only God to decide.
The Roman Catholic Church is strongly against abortion. If they know anyone who has had a abortion or even helped anyone in doing it, they would be exiled from the church.
Others believe in mercy killings. For example a woman may have given birth to three children. Her first child is deaf, her second is blind and the third is paralysed. The odds are that the fourth child will also have a disability of some kind. Shouldn’t this woman have an abortion and save the child from have a useless life?
Some people would say that if abortion is not made against the law young girls may take advantage and have an affair with a man knowing that if they become pregnant they can go and make an abortion.
Hindus are very much more flexible when considering abortion. Hindus so say that abortion should be used as a last resort but if it is needed then it has to be done in a way that will cause the least harm to the foetus, mother and father. Hindus say that it is best to have an abortion before the foetus starts breathing.
Pregnancy is said to be more dangerous than abortion. There is more chance of a baby dying during pregnancy. Therefore abortion is much safer and quicker than going through pregnancy.
However many women go through depression after having an abortion. They may become very down for the rest of their lives and in extreme cases, some may commit suicide. However if they have the baby then yes they have a hard time bringing up the child but when the child is grown and has his/her own family, the mother will be proud of her child.
Muslims believe that abortion is allowed in extreme situations where the mother’s life is at risk or the pregnancy is the result of a rape. However Islamic scholars say that the abortion should be carried out before one hundred and twenty with is when the soul enters the foetus.
Many people say that human life begins at the moment of contraception. Therefore the foetus inside the woman’s womb is a living human being. By having an abortion the baby is killed and is seen as disrespect for human life.
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service say that it is better for a child to be born into a loving family and parents who want them rather than being the result of an avoided abortion.
People say that there are alternatives to abortion such as adoption. A mother can put their baby up for adoption and yes the child will knowing that s/he wasn’t wanted by their parents but they could still go onto make something good out of their lives.
I think that abortion is a very sensitive issue. I think that people shouldn’t take advantage of the option of having an abortion and if a person decides to become pregnant but then wants an abortion. I think that is wrong.
However if a woman becomes pregnant due to a rape or puts the mother’s life in danger then they should have the right to have an abortion but only before the foetus starts breathing.
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