Abortion: A Woman's Choice
by pinkarizona on February 11, 2015 - 11:11am
Abortion is an issue that causes controversy and frustration among many people. There are many different groups of people that have their own opinions. More religious people tend to be against abortion whereas non-religious people tend to be pro-abortion. Although this topic is discussed often, the general population has a hard time agreeing its morality. As a pure and applied student, I have the chance to apply into the medical field so I think it is important to discuss the ethical implications of such a procedure.
The arguments that are against abortions are deontological seeing as they are based independently on the action of aborting rather than the consequence. The most common argument used is that abortion is considered murder (Lowen). Since some religious people believe that life starts at the moment of conception, aborting the fetus would just be killing a human (Lowen). In this argument, the act of the abortion is the main focus. They do not question the consequences that could result from not aborting a child or what effects there could be on a woman’s life if she keeps her child.
The arguments that are pro-abortion are teleological seeing as they focus on the consequences rather than just the action itself. One of the arguments used is that abortion is not in fact a viable option (Lowen). “Statistics show that very few women who give birth choose to give up their babies - less than 3% of white unmarried women and less than 2% of black unmarried women” (Lowen). In this argument, the consequences are actually addressed and they also give proof that adoption is not as easy of a solution as some may make it out to be. Another argument that is often made is that taking away the right to have an abortion is taking away the ability for a woman to control her body (Lowen). Rather than focusing on the action of abortion itself, the implication of taking this choice away from women is being examined.
A solution that I believe can help us move towards an end to this discussion is focusing on women’s rights. If we can all first understand that a child is created by, carried by, and given birth to by a woman then we can see that it is entirely her decision what she chooses to do with the organism that is growing within her. A woman should be able to have her own beliefs on whether she should keep her child or not, whether it is based on religion or just her personal outlook on life. We should focus on the mental wellness on the living before we think about those that have not even been born.
Works cited: Lowen, Linda. "10 Arguments Against Abortion, 10 Arguments For Abortion." N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Feb. 2015.