Freedom or Life Long Commitment…Abortion!
by mel_rocks_095 on September 10, 2013 - 10:30pm
Abortion, legalized in Canada in 1988, is a procedure women use in order to terminate a pregnancy. There are two points of view to abortion, one whereby women use this procedure to end the life of an unwanted baby and continue to be free, and the other where the mother is considered a murderer of an innocent unborn baby who in the eyes of many have the right to live no matter what the circumstance. Abortion can be an option if a young woman has been the victim of an act of violence and decides she does not want to have the child of someone she does not know or love, a young teenager or a single woman who does not want the child because of financial issues or because they do not have the means to raise a child on their own, and finally, if the health of the unborn foetus or mother is in danger. However in the eyes of many, there is no reason good enough to justify an abortion. Abortion can be against the values of the individual’s religion and will be forced to keep the child. Although the baby is not wanted, there are different options other than having an abortion. Many couples are not able to have babies and decide to adopt instead, so the individual should keep that option in mind, and finally, nowadays, it is too easy for women to have abortions and abuse this procedure by using it as a form of birth control.
By looking at the arguments for and against abortion, ethical values and principles can be made. For abortion to be okay, the values of the individual are freedom and autonomy. The woman should be allowed to decide whether or not she wants to keep the unborn child. The ethical principle is “always act in accordance to your own self-interest”, which means that the woman is putting herself before others. For against abortion, the ethical values are faith, accountability, and responsibility. The woman should be responsible for her own actions if she gets pregnant without planning in advance and should follow her faith if her values for her religion are strict. The ethical principles to describe being against abortion are do no harm and sanctity of life.
In my opinion, I believe that abortion is a horrible, dangerous and mentally traumatising procedure. The guilt of having killed a foetus will forever remain in the individual’s mind. The woman and her partner should plan ahead if they want to have a child or not, and if not, contraception should be used and they should have a plan B (the day after pill) in case of an emergency. In my opinion, the only circumstances where abortion is acceptable is if the woman was raped or for medical reasons only, but other than that, she should have the child and give it up for adoption which is a better route than taking the life of an innocent unborn baby away for nothing. Imagine if you were that woman, who got pregnant with your boyfriend or spouse, no matter what age you may be, what would you do? Take the life of an innocent foetus because of your actions, or do the right thing and give it up for adoption and make another couple happy?
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Lambrick, Melanie, Tunstall, Lee. “Point: To Be Pro-Choice Is to Be Pro-Liberty.” Canadian Points of View: Abortion(2009): p2-2. 1p. Web.09.Sept.2013