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.
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