Baby > Mother?

by E_Factor on February 10, 2015 - 5:24pm

 

Abortion is a medical procedure which will end a pregnancy by removing a fetus from a uterus. In 2014, there were around 100 000 abortions in Canada. Society has several views on this subject and whether it should or not be legal. Some people are pro-abortion and justify that the life of the mother is more important. In addition, pro-abortionists believe that the fetus is not considered human and that a baby is only considered human once they are born. Nevertheless, abortion has been legal in Canada since 1988, thus allowing women to abort their child for any viable reason. Even with the law that permits women to practice this medical procedure, there are still many people that believe that human life starts at conception and therefore consider abortion as murder.

Abortion can be seen in teleological way, which is where morality is defined by the Summum Bonum; the end goal. Women tend to look at the consequences that they will have to face if they decided to keep the baby or not, and the easiest way out would be abortion. Since taking care of a child is such a big responsibility, many women will decide to abort. Usually abortions are performed because some women feel as if they are not ready to be mothers and other women might not even be adults yet.

If we look at abortion from a utilitarian perspective, people would want the greater good for the greatest number of people. In this case, since abortion kills an innocent child, there is nothing good from it and it does not help a great number of people. So, according to utilitarism, saving the fetus would be the morally right thing to do.

However, instead of getting rid of their fetus, which is a permanent decision, I believe that they should give these babies a chance to live. They do not deserve to be killed. Although many people think that the fetus is part of a woman's body, the fetus is also a human life and therefore should have the chance to live. If the mother does not want to have the baby, she can always give her child up for adoption with the help of social workers. There are many families in the world that are seeking a child and that are ready to support and give love to the baby.

In 2014, there were around 100 000 abortions in Canada. Some were performed because of health complications, but others were performed for reasons that are unknown. I believe that abortion should become illegal in Canada. Killing a fetus is murder. It should only be a solution for women that have health complications that could put their lives and the one of their child in danger. When it comes to rape, this horrible event that happened to a woman should not push her to get rid of the child. The child did absolutely nothing and deserves to live; in this situation the best option would be to give the child up for adoption.

 

 

Works Cited

                  Abortion Statistics. Toronto Right To Life Association.

<http://www.righttolife.to/key-life-issues/abortion/statistics/>.

Feb 6 2015.  Web.

                  Legal Abortion in Canada.

                <http://abortionincanada.ca/history/legal  abortion-in-canada/>.

                  Feb 6 2015. Web.

Comments

Although I am against the idea of abortion and also consider the fetus as a potential human life, I find that making it illegal would be very problematic. Indeed, before 1973, abortion was illegal in the United States but that did not prevent women from doing it. In 1930, abortion was the official cause of death for close to 2700 women, and although this number declined the years after, it still accounted for many deaths. Abortions were usually done by non-professional or uncertified " doctors" or so they called themselves. If we were to make it illegal, it would put the lives of women in danger. Furthermore, I don't think it is realistic, the whole world would find it is a step backwards.
However, I do agree that now abortion has become too common and people tend to not think twice before going through one. Something, maybe more awareness, should be done.

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I appreciate the fact that you attempted to view this issue using two opposing moral theories. However, I feel there are a few important issues that you excluded from your post that should be addressed. If you want women to take your post seriously you need to show that you have at least addressed their rights and acknowledge the past since abortion is a women’s issue.
We know for a fact from the past that making abortion illegal did not eliminate its practice. Instead, women had to opt for dangerous home remedies and treatments from less than legitimate practitioners. Women often aborted themselves by inserting sharp objects and even dangerous chemicals into their uteruses. This was obviously not a safe reality for women; many injured themselves severely, suffered from complications such as chronic pain and many did also die. Banning abortions endangers women. You can read more about the history of when abortions were illegal by following this link: https://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/tgr/06/1/gr060108.html.
Furthermore, an unwanted, unplanned pregnancy can have complications that span further than just a woman’s health. You stated that only women who could die would be allowed to have abortions. In doing so, you are addressing this issue in a very black and white manner when in fact there are many other facets that you don’t address. You need to think more about the circumstances in which women seek out abortions. Some women may suffer life-long complications from their pregnancies, some lose their employment, and some become psychologically unstable just to name a few scenarios. The fact is, the situation is far more complex than you have made it out to be. Abortion isn’t typically just a matter of a woman simply not wanting a baby; there are usually many facets to these women, their foetuses and the entire situation.
I also don’t agree that women who are victims of rape should be forced to keep the child. I do not think that I need to tell you about the trauma rape victims suffer. However, a pregnancy caused by rape serves as a constant reminder of a woman’s attacker. Very few women are able to separate the child within them from their traumatic attacks. Abortion allows women in this situation a choice. It allows them to decide for themselves whether they can or cannot handle the pregnancy ensuing from their attack. Who can better judge the situation then the person living it? These women are living through a very complex situation that those who have not been victimised can barely understand. If they cannot cope with the distress that the situation is causing them, they should have the choice. You are quite blatantly ignoring the rights of the mother in your text. You have chosen that foetuses rights outweigh those of the mother. Yet you do not tell us why you hold such an opinion, where you ground your ideas, which premises serve your position. You need to at the very least recognize that a mother does have rights in this situation and then say why you think they are not as important as those of the foetus. If you do not do this, you cannot expect any women to take your opinion seriously as you are completely ignoring their rights by not addressing them in any way. Regardless of whether or not you see a foetus as a person, you need to show that you have at least considered women’s rights.
This brings me to another important point. You have made a very crucial assumption. You attributed personhood to the embryo and foetus and then used this as the grounds for your arguments. Therefore, much of your argumentation is invalid as your premise is faulty. No one can confirm or deny whether or not an embryo or foetus has personhood. Some attribute it to the 14 day mark, others to when it first has a heartbeat and others to when it is finally born. This also leads you to a wrongful conclusion about utilitarians. A utilitarian would actually not be opposed prior to the 14 day mark as before then, the embryo does not have the ability to suffer and utilitarians define personhood by the ability to suffer, therefore before 14 days, the embryo would not be a person to them. Regardless of this, I would recommend that you base your argumentation more on other areas of the debate that do not need you to make a claim about this as there is no impartial way to decide personhood. You then go on to make statements that abortion is always murder and that it is always “killing” a foetus. Well, this is based upon the idea that an embryo or foetus always has personhood. An idea which is opposable.
In addition, many mothers choose to postpone being pregnant if it happens at an inopportune time. For instance, if she is not financially stable, if she is still in her studies, if she is still a child herself, it is only logical to allow her the choice to delay having a baby. Abortion allows one foetus to be removed but this does not mean that the woman who had been carrying said foetus will never have a child. Typically, people decide how many children they wish to bring into this world, whether that be one, two, three or more. Aborting a first pregnancy does not change the number of children that will be born of a woman but rather allows them to be born into the best conditions possible at the most opportune time in a mother’s life. Thus, abortion also ensures that children do not enter a world in which they cannot be cared for.
Now you might go on to tell me about adoption. Yes, adoption is an alternative to abortion but yet again, it is not for everyone. You mentioned that there were about 100 000 abortions in 2014 in Canada alone. If those were instead children sent into the adoption system, there would no doubt be an obvious problem. The state would have trouble covering the additional costs of these 100 000 children joining the system every year (in addition to the children already being put up for adoption every year). However, regardless of the cost, some families are opposed to adoption. They feel that it would be wrong to have their blood living elsewhere, not under their care. And again, we need to think of the mother, she would still have to go through the entire pregnancy which means that she may still very well have complications, health risks, and mental stress. So again, there are many facets to these situations that we as outsiders, who aren’t part of the everyday lives of these families and mothers, cannot fully comprehend.
Pregnancy is not an easy thing to live with. It disrupts regular life and can have various side effects including psychological ones. You also need to consider that not all women can mentally handle an unwanted pregnancy such as people with anxiety disorders or depression for example. Many of these women must continue to use their medications throughout their pregnancy but we do not know what effect these can have on a baby. Pregnancy often times also worsens their symptoms. To understand this further, I would suggest you follow this link to the Anxiety and Depression Society of America’s website:https://www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/women/pregnancy-and-medication
This is not to say that abortions should be carried out all the time. They should not be used as a form of birth control but rather as an option for an unfortunate occurrence. Thus, I strongly believe that women should have the right to choose whether or not to carry a child to term. Most women do not typically have abortions lightly. They have a lot to think about when making this choice and I would suggest that if you want to know more about these kinds of choices and better understand this issue that you follow this link to Women’s Web, an online community discussing women’s issues:http://www.womensweb.ca/pregnancy/unplanned/.
To conclude, I could not disagree with your position on abortion more. I believe that it is an issue so complex that it varies too much to set a standard for everyone. It is more of a case by case issue because we really need to take into account the full situation of the mother and the child involved.

This piece is very well written and you seems to have done a lot of research on the topic. Well done!
Your point of view on the topic of abortion is very interesting, and I also agree that carrying out a pregnancy and having the child adopted into another family after it's birth is a great idea for some women. However, there are many women who find themselves pregnant and are in situations where carrying the fetus to term is not the best option. For some women it poses health threats, as stated by the previous commenter, that may or may not result in death.
Many women who find themselves pregnant are not financially able to be pregnant, let alone carry a fetus to term. Pregnancies come with price tags, and the sad truth is that a lot of people can't afford to pay them. This may bring up the question "If a pregnant woman* can't afford a pregnancy, how can she afford an abortion?" A better question is "If a woman* can't afford a pregnancy, how can she afford to have a baby?"

(*cisgender women, trans men, and other people are included in my statement of "woman")

This piece is very well written and you seems to have done a lot of research on the topic. Well done!
Your point of view on the topic of abortion is very interesting, and I also agree that carrying out a pregnancy and having the child adopted into another family after it's birth is a great idea for some women. However, there are many women who find themselves pregnant and are in situations where carrying the fetus to term is not the best option. For some women it poses health threats, as stated by the previous commenter, that may or may not result in death.
Many women who find themselves pregnant are not financially able to be pregnant, let alone carry a fetus to term. Pregnancies come with price tags, and the sad truth is that a lot of people can't afford to pay them. This may bring up the question "If a pregnant woman* can't afford a pregnancy, how can she afford an abortion?" A better question is "If a woman* can't afford a pregnancy, how can she afford to have a baby?"

(*cisgender women, trans men, and other people are included in my statement of "woman")

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