There is a long history for abortion. In ancient times, in Greece, abortion was allowed and not frowned upon; the only thing required was that the father of the woman be aware of it otherwise it meant death for the woman. In Rome too abortion was a normal practice, it was necessary in order to control the growing population in the city. Abortion was not seen as an immoral until the 4th century where the first regulation for abortion was made. In the 19th century, abortion was prohibited, the first anti abortion laws were passed in Britain. After that many people considered abortion a crime and a sin.
Abortion is the interruption of a pregnancy before birth of the foetus; ending in the death of the embryo while it is still in the woman’s womb and unable to survive in the outside world. There are two types of abortion; one is called spontaneous abortion or most commonly known as a miscarriage, and the other one is an induced abortion where the woman, if early enough in the pregnancy, can take a pill or have medicine injected to induce abortion.
Abortion can be done for many reasons; because of a high risk for the mother at birth, because one of the parents has a disease that can be passed on to the child like HIV, because the child will be born with some kind of malformation, and as a form of birth control, especially in cases of rape or incest. While some people may think that irresponsible women use abortion as an extreme kind of birth control, this is not actually true. According to some surveys, 58% percent of women use other forms of birth control and still end up pregnant because as we know they are not 100% reliable.
So I ask, is abortion morally right? Should it be made legal?
I think this is an extremely controversial issue because abortion is neither right nor wrong. It depends on the circumstances that people can find themselves into. For women who are against abortion, all of a sudden they can find themselves thinking differently, when an unwanted pregnancy happens to them and they do not know what to do. And so can people in favour of abortion start thinking in a different way.
I think we cannot judge a woman that is pro or against abortion, because we cannot be sure how we will feel when something similar happens to us. It depends on a person’s upbringing, on their feelings and opinion when that kind of situation presents itself. And both, the pro-life and pro-choice side can be proved right or wrong in some way.
I think that almost everyone agrees that abortion is perfectly alright in cases where the mother or...