Throughout the world, abortions and a woman's right to have them remain taboo. Despite abortion being illegal in many countries, women continue to have them, sometimes going to extreme and dangerous lengths to obtain them. Going beyond whether or not terminating a pregnancy is right or wrong, should abortion as a medical procedure be legal?
Abortion should be a prosecutable offense on the grounds that it is morally and ethically wrong.
A foetus is a person
A fetus is a living being and thus abortions are a form of murder.
A Foetus Feels Pain During an Abortion Procedure
Once the spinal reflex is developed at eight weeks, a foetus can feel pain.
Adoption is always an option
There is no such thing as an unwanted child. Even if the mother cannot support the child, there are extensive waiting lists for families looking to adopt.
Abortion Poses Health Risks to the Mother
Abortion procedures have been linked to health complications in later life.
Many Women Have Regrets
It is very common for women to express sentiments of regret after getting an abortion. On the other hand, women never express regret for choosing to have a child.
The Argument From Religion
Only God has the right to end life.
In cases of rape, abuse, child pregnancy, and other emergencies, abortions should be permitted.
A Mother Should be Allowed to Abort a Child With Disabilities
Modern technology can alert us to potential disabilities before birth. Abortion should be allowed in these cases.
Abortion Should be Legal in Cases of Rape and Incest
A victim of sex crimes should not be forced to have the perpetrator's child.
Should be allowed when the pregnancy puts the mother's life in danger
The mother's right to life is more important than the foetus'. If the mother's life is in danger, an abortion should be allowed.
Women should have the right to choose whether or not they have an abortion.
Abortion is an individual's choice
The government should not have the power to regulate women's bodies.
It Makes Economic Sense
Legalised abortion brings welfare spending down
Separation of Church and State
Abortion laws should not be dictated by religious beliefs in supposedly secular countries.
An Unwanted Child May Be Resented
Parents may hold resentment towards an unwanted child they felt forced to carry to term.
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