Should be abortion be legalized?Every woman in the world should be legally allowed to undertake abortion if they need to do so because it is their right and in order to limit unprofessional...

Should be abortion be legalized?

Every woman in the world should be legally allowed to undertake abortion if they need to do so because it is their right and in order to limit unprofessional abortion procedures. This is because, either it is allowed or prohibited, abortion will continue to occur because of the social, economic and political conditions that prevail currently. There are many arguments from those who support abortion. Most of the groups that support abortion are feminists, liberals or democrats and scholars who practice applied ethics. First,   they argue that abortion is a secure process that if done correctly with the help of a qualified medical practitioner, it will result to a less than 0.5% chance of serious complications. They continue to add that most women go for abortion and about 88% of those who undergo the process in the first three months, do not experience any complications at all. Secondly, they argue that abortion is a personal choice that every woman should be allowed to choose. An embryo or fetus has no life on its own and, therefore, derives its life support from the mother. Therefore, if a woman feels that the embryo will put her in a medical endangerment, then it is her choice to decide to abort.

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bigdreams1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

While moderate on most issues, I have to admit that when it comes to abortion I have a conservative point of view.

I have held two friends in my arms sobbing after they have had abortions, because they were not prepared with the emotional devastation that killing their (child, fetus, embryo...whatever you choose to call it)  would cause them. PTSD is, in fact, quite common among women who have had abortions. See the article linked below.

Now, I fully understand how difficult having a child would be for a teenager or single parent...or after rape or incest. However, I think the answer to that would be adoption.  I also have several friends who cannot conceive and would like so badly to adopt a child. While I know the 9 months of carrying the baby before the adoption would be is only temporary...whereas PTSD tends to last quite a long time.

No judgement is a difficult decision no matter what one chooses...I faced the choice once and chose to have my daughter...who is one of my greatest blessings.  It's just that the issue is much more complicated for the woman having an abortion than some would have you to believe.

wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator

While I agree that abortion is a medical decision, I also have to agree with post 3 that limitations on the procedure should continue.  We tend to value personal freedom but that freedom should not override the freedoms of others.  I believe it should be between a woman and her doctor to decide in an abortion is appropriate.  It is her body and it is a medical decision.  This type of thing should not be dictated by governments.  However, the government should place reasonable restrictions on things that might take away from the rights of others.  At some point during the pregnancy, medical science generally recognises the fetus as an unborn child.  It can survive on its own without the mother and should be considered a separate person.  I do think governments are right in not allowing late term abortions.

vangoghfan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The idea that each and every person "has a right to choose what is wrong and what is right" would quickly lead to anarchy. Surely you would not argue that a person has the right to decide that shooting an innocent person dead in the street is right, would you?  Surely you would not argue that it is right for someone to break into your home and steal all your possessions. You may want to reconsider the assertion I've quoted.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

At what point is the embryo/fetus a life in your mind?  What about when it is moving around within the womb and could very easily live outside?  Is it just a lump of tissue at that point and thus something that we should allow people to remove as if it were a tumor?  I'm generally pro-choice early in pregnancy, but I just think that there need to be limits as the fetus gets closer to viability.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It sounds as if you believe abortion should be allowed at any point a woman wishes. I am pro-choice, but I believe that our present law is a good one, one that allows a woman to choose abortion during the earliest possible stages. However, aborting a baby who could be delivered somewhat prematurely and still survive is an act much closer to murder, and one that I could never support. 

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I also think that late term abortion is a problem. People do not seem to agree on when a fetus becomes a person. I don't think that a person becomes a person at birth. However, I also don't think that it's easy to imagine a little cluster of cells as a person. This is a debate we may never solve.
megan-bright eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Abortion should be legal, and there definitely should continue to be safety precautions and limitations in place for the mother and fetus. Late term abortions where the fetus is viable outside of the womb should not be legal.

joseph10 | Student

I appreciate all your comments  and i believe each and evry person has a right to choose what is wrong and what is right. Through basing our arguements on what surrounds us or what does the nature dictates. There are the socially acceptable behaviors which vary from one region to another but we have to aacknowledge them all. Tnanks for your posts.