People from different countries are either for or against legalization of abortion. Some say that abortion should be a part of women’s rights as it limits unwanted pregnancies. Others say that it is against their values and religion; so they can’t tolerate this action. Unfortunately, almost all Muslim countries forbid abortion except for “special circumstances”. However, in Morocco, saving the life of the woman, and preserving her physical and mental health are the unique cases in which abortion could be tolerated. What if a woman is rapped? Or what if she gets pregnant by mistake? Should her undergo her pregnancy? Or should her ask for an abortion?
The opponents of allowing abortion in Morocco say that a life is a life, and nobody has the choice to decide if a person should die or not no matter how small. Also, they say that babies are innocent human beings, so no matter what stage of pregnancy it is, mothers shouldn’t abort their own child in all circumstances. However, if one woman of those opponents’ families was a victim of a rape and got pregnant, they might not accept the situation. Those same opponents who are against abortion would ask the justice to allow that woman to abort. They would feel ashamed in the society even if that woman doesn’t commit any crime, she is the victim. However, mothers don’t decide to abort without having their own reasons. They decide to abort because they are forced to do so. They may feel tyrannized when they are rapped, or they may be scared of society and the consequences of having an illegitimate child.
The first reason for allowing abortion is for the respect of women’s rights. Each woman has the right to choose if she wants to get pregnant or not. In fact, society, legislation, religion and even family don’t have the right to forbid abortion. Mothers are the only ones who have the right to take such decisions. Also, this law of forbidding abortion is inhumane and cruel. It oppresses women; especially those who were raped. Those women are victims of the rap and of the Moroccan society at the same time because they would have to incur their pregnancy according to the law. Most of them can’t stand that situation and punish themselves for an act they haven’t committed. For instance, a maid who was working for my aunt was victim of a rap last year. Her family didn’t believe her, treated her as a beach, and put her away from home. The girl couldn’t deal with her situation any more, especially when she learned that she was pregnant, so; she committed a suicide. Generally, most of women who were raped feel tyrannized and can’t stand anymore living in such a cruel society that punish them for being raped. Therefore, legislation should allow abortion so that women will have the freedom to have their baby or not.