Essay On Abortion
Abortion – Why Is There Still an Argument?
This essay examines why the question of abortion is so polarized and what factors cause such a gaping rift between the two-sides of the argument, and asks is there a middle-ground?
Throughout history, the topic of abortion has always been something that inspires passionate argument from either side of the spectrum. There are sections of society who believe that abortion should be illegal under all and any circumstances, there are sections of society who believe that abortion should be an option under certain circumstances, and then there are sections of society who believe that abortion should be a legal option for women in every country across the world.
The most conservative members of society, and the most conservative voices in the big abortion debate will often express the belief that abortion should be completely illegal, no matter what the circumstances of a woman’s pregnancy happen to be. This view point often stems from a deep rooted religious belief, with many citing that a fetus, no matter what stage of development it might be at, is already a child and already one of God’s precious creations, and therefore to ‘kill’ it in the womb would be a grievous sin.
What some people might call the ‘middle ground’ opinion on the abortion debate is the belief that abortion should not be widely available to all women, but rather be made an option when the pregnancy has been the result of something like incest or rape, or if the fetus has been discovered to be likely to form into a child that will have serious health problems that would significantly limit its life after birth. This opinion tends to be held by people who are either moderately religious or who aren’t particularly religious but do believe that the creation of life is, in the majority of cases, more important than the choice of the prospective mother to terminate her pregnancy.
The most liberal opinion in the abortion debate, and one that has been championed by the majority of new generations since the 1960s, is that a woman should have complete control of her body and be able to have a termination within the reasonable time span, regardless of the circumstances of her pregnancy and regardless of what country she is living in. This opinion tends to be held by members of society who do not follow any form of organized religion and therefore are not guided by any conception of sin and God’s wishes. This view is held by the most liberal participants in the wider debate. Those who do not believe that the rights of an unformed fetus should be held in higher regard than the rights of a woman who will have to take care of this child for a at least 18 years.
Overall, I would have to say that I am firmly on the side of the pro-choice argument. For a woman to be told what she can and cannot do with her own body is completely unfathomable to me. In my opinion, pro-life campaigners often disregard the real life scenario of having to carry and raise a child that was not originally wanted. This can in many cases make for a less than desirable life for both mother and child.