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Why Abortion should not be allowed


WhyAbortion should not be allowed

Thedebate on abortion is contentious and different schools of thoughtpresent robust premises to support their claims with each sidejustifying its beliefs. Different states have legalized abortion, butsome are still skeptical about the law and only allow it in adversemedical situations that necessitate saving the life of the mother.The principle premise of the controversy stems from the definition ofthe beginning of life.

Accordingto Jones and Jerman “An estimated 30% of U.S. women will have anabortion by age 45, and abortion incidence is one indicator ofunintended pregnancy” (4). While some people believe that lifebegins at conception, others hold that it commences at birth.Therefore, the termination of the life of the fetus at the variousstages of development breeds controversy. Thesis:Abortion should not be made legal since it degrades human dignity,promotes promiscuity among the youth and tramples on the rights ofthe unborn children.


First,the debate on the metaphor among the ethicists has been shrouded onthe non-compliance of the mother to endure the nine-month connectionwith the unborn baby. The assumption has always been built on theidea that the mother and the child have competing interests. However,it is noteworthy that the interest of the mother and the child aredifferent and assessing their gravity can help resolve the issue(Foster 6).

Thosewho want to get rid of the fetuses wish to be free from theresponsibilities of motherhood unless a qualified medicalpractitioner advises for the termination of the pregnancy for healthpurposes. On the other hand, the interest of the fetus is its life.The right to life is paramount, and it surpasses the need for comfortand evading responsibilities. As mentioned by Foster, “Take awaythat assumption and the metaphor — and the whole paradigm thatrests on it — dissolves” (162). It is, therefore, a disregard forthe greater interest by allowing women to terminate the life of afetus at will.

Secondly,the issue of abortion may not be fully argued through the aspects ofmaleficence and justice since it is more of human dignity. A mother,through the law or backstreet operations, can procure an abortionsince she enjoys the liberty of autonomy. However, it is noteworthythat the unborn fetus is not in a position to air its opinion andthis puts human dignity to the test. Unless when necessary, killingthe fetus taints the human dignity since the perpetrators deny themthe right to enjoy life without being in a position to give consent.

Additionally,dignity should advise individuals when exercising autonomy. Holdinglife as an object for which people can make any decision that bestsuit their interests not only lowers its value but also creates anavenue for other detrimental actions that can endanger the lives ofthe already born children. Abortion lacerates the value attached tohuman existence and the inherent right to live. The policy makers,who are so fervent in protecting the rights of the citizens, shouldshow a similar zest to illegalize abortion since it also puts thelives of the fetuses at risk.

Abortionis also inappropriate to the society since it breeds unsafe sex andgeneral immorality. A research conducted by Pazol in 2012 unearthedthe abortion reporting records by the Center for Disease Control andPrevention and found out that abortion is high among the youthsbetween 15 years and early 20s than in those above 30 years (5). In2012, women between 20 and 24 years accounted for 32.8% of all theabortion cases. On the other hand, those aged 25-29 years constituted25.4% of the population that procured an abortion. In addition, only16.4% of those aged 35 years and over had their pregnanciesterminated (Foster 6).

Thehigh number of youths taking advantage of the lax abortion rulesdemonstrates their susceptibility to unsafe sex. While unplannedpregnancy is a primary effect of the behavior, they are also exposedto a myriad of other health complications, for instance, the sexuallytransmitted infections. Having a strong staunch against abortion canreduce the number of physicians who offer the services in theirclinics and compel the youth to engage in safe sex.

However,a section of the population holds that abortion is necessary in someinstances other than the on recommended by physicians. For example,the victims of rape may not be in a position to bring up childrenconceived during the heinous acts and they resolve to terminate thepregnancies (Jones and Jerman12). Additionally, mother with extremelydisabled children and those from low income families justify abortionbecause they may have inadequate resources to bring up another familymember. These have been used as major premises for the argument insupport of abortion.

Itis clear that the willful termination of pregnancy should not belegalized since it lowers human dignity, indorses promiscuity amongthe youth and squashes on the rights of the unborn children. Thosewho argue for abortion claim that the right of the mother and thechild compete. However, it is noteworthy that while the mother seekscomfort and reduced responsibilities, the fetus is denied the rightto life, which should be considered paramount. It is inappropriatefor mothers and other decision makers to put their autonomy beforethe rights of the children. Additionally, most of those who procureabortion are the youth, and this demonstrates their susceptibility toother conditions that are sexually transmitted. Finally, the humandignity and value attached to life is put at risk by abortion becausethe law unethically gives people the unfair right to decide whethertheir children will live or not.


Foster,Charles. &quotDoes the English Law on Abortion Affront HumanDignity?.&quot TheNew Bioethics22.3 (2016): 162-184. Print.

Jones,Rachel K., and Jenna Jerman. &quotAbortion incidence and serviceavailability in the United States, 2011.&quot Perspectiveson Sexual and Reproductive Health46.1 (2014): 3-14. Print.

Pazol,Karen. &quotAbortion surveillance—United States, 2009.&quot MMWRSurveill Summ61.8 (2012): 1-44. Print.