Should abortion be legal - under what circumstances? A 2009 poll by the Pew Research Center found that 46 percent of people say abortion should be legal in all or most cases; on the other side, 44...

Should abortion be legal - under what circumstances?

A 2009 poll by the Pew Research Center found that 46 percent of people say abortion should be legal in all or most cases; on the other side, 44 percent say abortion should always or mostly be illegal.

Other polls find similar results. A May 2012 Gallup poll with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent found that 77 percent of Americans thought abortion should be always legal or sometimes legal. Twenty percent said abortion should be illegal in all circumstances.

http://www.livescience.com/22654-american-public-opinion-abortion.html

Opinion of some of the previous polls is given above. What do you think about it from legal, religious and health point of view?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Abortion should be legal when the abortion was a product of rape or incest, and when the fetus is threatening the life of the mother.  I actually believe that a woman should be able to choose as long as it's early in the term, but I personally am against abortion in all other cases.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Imagine being forced to bear a child of the man who raped and impregnated you. Abortion should always be the decision of the woman who is carrying the fetus, not the government run by politicians who have their own best interests at heart. 

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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From a legal point of view, abortion is legal.  Period.  Whether that will change in the future is something I cannot predict.  What I can predict is that even if abortion is outlawed, women will still get abortions, either illegally in this country or legally in other countries.  That means that poor women will have access to only risky abortions and wealthy women will have access to safe abortions.

From a religious perspective, I am a Reform Jew, and thus abortion as a right is consistent with the beliefs of my religion.  Since other religions have different perspectives, you are likely to get a wide variety of responses.  However, I must say that a religion that elevates a fetus over a live woman is no religion for me! 

From a health perspective, it is safer to have an abortion than it is to have a baby, so those who oppose abortion in the interests of women's health have no legitimate argument there.  Additionally, there is no question that a child who is wanted is going to be thrive and be far healthier than a child who is unwanted, so that argument seems to be a non-starter, too. 

From a personal perspective, I find it appalling that any government should be able to decide whether or not I should bear a child I did not plan to conceive.  Having a child one does not want is a life sentence, so it's a means of taking away life, liberty, and property, all without due process.  My own position is that if one does not believe in abortion, one should not have one.  That is the point of being pro-choice. 

 

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luiji | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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Imagine being the baby due to the rape of your mother. Would you therefore want to be put to death? No. It's the most unloving thing to do

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luiji | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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Abortion is wrong, it is murder. What makes you think that a baby is just a foetus inside the womb, but as soon it is born it is a baby? Do those 2 inches of womb separating the baby from the outside world make the difference?

 

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kellie-10 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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Imagine being forced to bear a child of the man who raped and impregnated you. Abortion should always be the decision of the woman who is carrying the fetus, not the government run by politicians who have their own best interests at heart. 

Im sorry but I disagree with your answer, we all have our own opinions and mine isn't like yours. I understand the whole rapeing and ending up pregnant but that is no reason for someone to go and basically kill an innocent life who doesn't have a way to speak for themselves. If that is to happen I believe there is always adoptions which doesn't require you to keep the child if you didn't want it.

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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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In reply to 4:

I agree with the post that:

Abortion should always be the decision of the woman who is carrying the fetus - Bullgatortail

But what I want to say that it has to be an informed decision and the timing for that should be such that it should have least effect on the health of the women. In case of rape it should be done at the earliest as per the advice of the medical practitioner if so desired by the raped.

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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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From a health perspective, it is safer to have an abortion than it is to have a baby, so those who oppose abortion in the interests of women's health have no legitimate argument there. - Speamerfam

On the contrary studies indicate some thing very different:

According to the best record based study of deaths following pregnancy and abortion, a 1997 government funded study in Finland, women who abort are approximately four times more likely to die in the following year than women who carry their pregnancies to term.

In addition there is higher risk of CERVICAL, OVARIAN, AND LIVER CANCER, UTERINE PERFORATION, PLACENTA PREVIA, SUBSEQUENT PRE-TERM DELIVERIES AND OTHER COMPLICATIONS OF LABOR, HANDICAPPED NEWBORNS IN LATER PREGNANCIES, ECTOPIC PREGNANCY, PELVIC INFLAMMATORY DISEASE (PID) and many other life threatening complications as given in the link: http://afterabortion.org/1999/abortion-risks-a-list-of-major-physical-complications-related-to-abortion/

Further:

Women who have abortions are at risk of severe mental health problems.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/8734378/Abortion-increases-risk-of-mental-health-problems-new-research-finds.html

Some countries where abortion is legal for unwanted pregnancies have limits for the pregnancy periods.

http://www.government.nl/issues/health-issues/abortion

So I don't know how could one conclude that it is safer to have an abortion than it is to have a baby. 

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