There is a lot of ethical issues and laws that are put in place declaring and permitting what individuals can and cannot do. Abortion is the most controversial issues faced in today’s society. It is the procedure of destroying and removal of the zygote/fetus in the womb in order to end a pregnancy. This issue raises questions of whether the fetus is considered a human life and if it has the same value as the mother carrying it. How can we consider it a human being when it is not living outside of the womb and has to rely on the woman’s nutrients and body for survival? I personally believe that life does not really start at conception, however starts when the child is born. My opinion on this issue is that abortion is a private matter and is a decision that should only be left to the mother without any interference from the government and society. In Canada women are lucky enough to have the privilege of having the rights to their bodies however there are a lot of questions and concerns regarding this issue. Abortion should also be seen as the start of women’s control and rights when it comes to matters regarding their bodies. In this paper I will be supporting the view that abortion is morally acceptable especially with the many circumstances to consider and also the Canadian public should accept that it is a fundamental human right in the constitution. I will present feminists’ own points of view as well as other sources to support my argument.
Abortion is divided into two opinionative groups, these are the pro-choice and the pro-life supporters. Pro-choice supporters argue that the woman has the right to have a choice whether to have an abortion or not. The pro-life supporters are the opposite and believe that life begins at conception and having an abortion is a form of murder done to an innocent child. However some of them support the idea that abortion should only occur if the pregnancy was a result of rape, incest or illness that the mother might have that can harm both mother and child (Kuss). I find this view flawed and hypocritical due to the fact that they strongly believe it is murder however they also make exceptions for it. What makes the fetus conceived as a result of a consensual sex more important and valued than the one of rape / incest? There is no difference at all, therefore it is absolutely ambiguous to have such views and it is not right to question the choices and decline service to those women who want to have an abortion.
I believe it is acceptable for a woman to resort to abortion, in the case that the woman lacks financial support, they cannot offer a stable home for the child. Most women are too young and not ready to accept responsibility. I find it to be acceptable for women to choose abortion as the solution to their problems because it is not fair to the mother nor the child to live in an unstable environment wether financially or mentally. For example abusive households, drug addiction in the family which result in the neglect of the child. What pro-life supporters fail to understand is that, once the fetus is brought to term and a child is born, it is the woman who will be responsible for it. None of them will be there to support her with everyday needs. Who will pay for daycare? Who's will buy diapers? Who will pay the bills? They neglect to see it is all left to the mother and the resources or the lack of.
One other reason that I am pro-abortion is the life-changing circumstances that face the mother especially in teen pregnancies. The young woman is faced with the decision of staying in school or giving all that up in order to care for the child since it becomes her man priority in life. Not only does it affect their education, but also some teens are kicked out of their parents house mainly because of the shame they have brought to the family. Therefore it is unfair for the child to be brought into this world...
...Abortion and the Reproductive Rights of WomenAbortion and the Reproductive Rights of WomenAbortion is a very controversial topic in today’s society. It is defined as the removal of an embryo or fetus from the uterus in order to end a pregnancy. Nowadays, there are many reasons why a woman may choose to terminate her pregnancy. Reasons that are common, but not limited to the following include: inadequate finances to support a baby, parents not being ready for the responsibility that comes with motherhood, teenage pregnancy, health problems with either the mother or the unborn baby, or pregnancy caused by rape. In third world countries, a woman may terminate a baby if it is a girl, because society is man-based. There are many reasons that abortion is chosen.
The issue of abortion relates to Women and Gender Studies 100 because “the fact is that women have been trapped. Reproduction is used, consciously or not, as a means to control women, to limit their options and to make them subordinate to men." (Dr. Nafis Sadik, UN Population Fund). Control over reproduction is a basic need and a basic right for all women.
The issue of abortion is an on-going debate. Pro-choice groups believe that a woman should have access to whatever health care she needs and that she...
Women’s RightsWomen have suffered throughout history. Angelina Grimke, Sarah Grimke, Catherine Beecher and Margaret Fuller wrote letters to express the importance of women’s rights. Often comparing women’s rights to slavery, each letter stressed the importance of equal rights for all. I never knew women were oppressed that badly. The letters these women wrote were based on moralrights, observation of injustice, and suppression in society. Each letter written expanded my knowledge on women’s rights. Although each wrote letters, the effectiveness of the writer’s point of view made some essays more effective at proving their point than others. Throughout this paper I will summarize, compare and contrast, and analyze each letter written to determine which paper effectively persuaded their reader.
Angelina Grimke wrote “Human Rights Not Founded on Sex, Letter to Catharine Beecher” in 1837 to express the need for recognition for women’s rights. Grimke’s essay talks about human rights, which she relates to slavery. She related women’s rights and slavery by their moral rights, or moral nature she also described it, and how all men have moral nature so therefore all men have rights, “When I look at human beings as moral beings, all distinction in sex sinks to...
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Should women have the right for an abortion?
Should women have the right to an abortion? Yes, women should have the right to choose. No, a fetus is a human being and has a right to life. These are some statements that are being made on the subject. At least 1.2 million abortions are reported each year. Contrary to common perception, abortion is not rare and most likely has affected many people whom we all know. By the age of 20, 1 in 9 women have had at least one abortion. By the age of 45, 1 in 3 women have had at least one abortion. (“U.S. Abortion Statistics“) Abortion is an operation to end pregnancy or the intervention to end pregnancy by removing the embryo or fetus from the women’s womb. A woman is able to end pregnancy before the full time required is needed. Many controversy surrounds the procedure of abortion. Although many pro-life groups believe that a fetus is a human being from the time of conception, and that abortion is morally the same as murder. Others argue if abortions were illegal women would try to induce them on their own or would go to someone secretly, putting their own lives at risk....
...Indian women back then were often discriminated and they have little power and control, they are trying to legalizing this rights " The Women's Reservation Bill ", India Rape Law and the " Womanifesto " to help them gain more power and rights for themselves. A number of studies by humanitarian and human rights organizations, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross or the United Nations Development Fund for Women. Through these studies it has been shown how often the plight of women and the impact of war on their lives had been ignored. It is important to bring attention to these issuers and create awareness of the rightswomen have in these circumstances as well as present possible means to improve their situation. Women in India deserve to be treated with kindness, respect and better than man .
For centuries women in India have been struggling for freedom and the right to be treated fairly. The time of Medieval India this was a "dark age" for them. The Muslims came and invaded the country and brought their own way of life. How the Muslims treat women was very different from what they were used to. They treat...
...Abortion Should be Legalized
The issue of abortion is very controversial in today's society.
Although many people think it shouldn't be legalized, there are just as many who
think it should. Your opinion rests with you and possibly the values you were
brought up with. Whether you think women should have the right to abortion or
not, you can find support for either side.
Many individuals take the side of anti-abortion or pro-life which means
they don't think women should have the right to abort an unborn child. This is
the con side of legalizing abortion. Some of the pro-life members think that
the reasons women shouldn't be able to abort is that the mother is ending an
unborn child's life and if the mother is old enough to get pregnant they are old
enough to have the child. Some pro-life activists think that even if you have
to put the baby up for adoption later you should still have it. Although some
of the reasoning that pro-life activist use, might seem a little ridiculous at
times many of the activist aren't able to have children or are just trying to
defend a baby that can't defend it self. The pro's of pro-life are that the
baby gets a chance to live and experience life outside of the womb and maybe
someone who is unable to...
...Abortion is the termination of pregnancy by the removal or expulsion from the uterus of a fetus or embryo before viability.[note 1] An abortion can occur spontaneously, in which case it is often called a miscarriage, or it can be purposely induced. The term abortion most commonly refers to the induced abortion of a human pregnancy. After viability, the relevant procedure is referred to as a "late termination of pregnancy".[note 1] Modern medicine utilizes medications and surgical procedures for induced abortion.
Abortion, when induced in the developed world in accordance with local law, is among the safest procedures in medicine. Uncomplicated abortions do not cause either long term psychological or physical problems. Unsafe abortions, however, result in approximately 47,000 maternal deaths and 5 million hospital admissions per year globally.
An estimated 44 million abortions are performed globally each year, with slightly under half of those performed unsafely. The number of abortion has stabilized in recent years, having previously spent decades declining as access to family planning education and contraceptive services increased. Forty percent of the world's women have access to legal induced abortions (within gestational limits).
Induced abortion has a...
...Right to Life, Right to Voice
For decades the idea of abortion is one of the most important ethical issues ever concerned in United States. Should abortion be allowed in the United States? If so under what circumstances the practice should be allowed? Abortion which is the deliberate termination of a pregnancy has been one of the most intensely debated matters in the United States for more than a century. Therefore, this paper will examine all the interpretation of the issue. It will explore the history of abortion, the reality and moral rights made by both parties that argue the issue. This paper will also explain political positions taken on abortion and examined those affected by it.
Abortion is a process that has been practiced since ancient times. The first recorded of abortion dates back to 2600 B.C. according to Werner Haas in the article History of Abortion. In the United States abortion dates back to the early 1800’s it was a means of controlling the population. According to Judy Norsigian practice of abortion was outlawed in the United States in 1880. However, about 2 million abortions in a year were illegally performed after it was outlawed. Although the number of death induced by illegal abortions is not exactly known scholars state...
...NAMIBIAN WOMEN SHOULD HAVE COMPLETE CONTROL OVER THEIR FERTILITY AND THE CHOICE OF ABORTION.
Abortion in Namibia should be legalized, because a woman should have complete control over her fertility and the choice to terminate or continue a pregnancy. The decision to end a pregnancy should depend on each individual woman, because woman must have a right to protect their body. The woman alone must carry and give birth to this unwanted child, so she alone should also have the right to decide whether the child should live or not. Control over her body and the freedom to decide the course of her life is critical to a woman’s civil rights and since when a woman is pregnant it is her body that goes through all the stress of pregnancy, I believe it is right for her to not have the pregnancy if she decides so, because denying her the right to her body is violating her most basic freedom and her right to a reproductive choice. If the government can force a woman to continue a pregnancy, it is the same as forcing a woman to use contraception or undergo sterilization. I therefore render this situation as a very emotional gender issue, with regards to woman.
The fact that government does not want to legalize abortion or to give woman complete control over their pregnancy does not make matters any easier, but instead it makes the...