Should Abortion Be Legal?
PHI 103: Informal Logic
Instructor: Tanya Martin
April 24, 2013
Should Abortion Be Legal?
Women have abortions for many reasons; I can accept that these decisions are very private and probably devastating moments for the mother. An abortion should be based on your own situation, beliefs and values. We should respect and support a woman and her family as they face these life-altering decisions whether to have a child. The arguments being that every child born should be wanted and others who believe that every child conceived should be born. Personally, I feel that abortion should be legal, because there are too many things that go wrong. A woman ...view middle of the document...
I also find that the important ways of looking at the issue on abortion are most easily categorized into five major points, legal precedence, birth control issues, human rights, when life begins and religion. According to the Center for Disease Control (2001), abortion methods are separate from contraceptive statistics. Since an abortion is defined as a termination of pregnancy instead of its prevention, abortions are measured separately. According to Alan Guttmacher Institute (2004), “the two most common reasons for having an abortion were having a baby would dramatically change my life and I can’t afford a baby now.” Issues of rape and incest play a huge factor as well. While the decision of a woman’s choice regarding an unwanted pregnancy that occurred by accident is debated.
Many take a more mild approach on abortions because of rape and incest. This can cause huge emotional damage to a woman who has already been mentally and physically injured. I would argue that an unwanted child would be subjected to an unhappy childhood, which could have even greater consequences in the long run. According to PRCH and Guttmacher (2005), many religions have found ways to justify abortions as permissible. In the Jewish faith, the termination of a pregnancy is not seen as wrong, as long as it is performed to protect the mother’s well being, whether it is physical or emotional health. According to Currie (2008) “it’s a woman’s right to make decision about her body. Having control over her body is an important part of the equal rights that women have fought for.
The landmark Roe v. Wade abortion law has continued to protect the woman’s right to choose. Supreme Court cases have placed the woman’s right to choose under the right to privacy and therefore have considered it protected by the US constitution. To define further of the issues on abortion, the different definitions of abortion in regards to birth control must be examined. Abortion in America is a very controversial issue in which both sides have valid arguments at face value. The pro-choice side has many arguments to support its belief in keeping abortion legal. The pro-choice position has somewhat different ideas. The most popular of these is the unborn entity I fully human from the moment of conception. Abortion results in the intentional death of an unborn child. Therefore, abortion can be defined as intentional killing of a human being. However, if there is a high probability that woman’s pregnancy will result in death (such as tubal pregnancy, for example), and then abortion is justified. One argument justified that before abortion was legalized, rich pregnant women were able to travel to other countries to get abortions and this was unfair to the poor.
The legality of abortion has been a major topic of discussion for a very long time. Pro-life participants and pro-choice participants always have debates on what the right thing to do should be. Although giving women the right to choose to...