Ethics Of Abortion Abortion Essay

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Ethics Of Abortion Abortion

The Ethics Of Abortion Abortion is a very controversial subject that has been continually
argued over for the past few years and probably many years to come. The main controversy
is should abortion be legalized? First before we get into the many sides of abortion we
must first define abortion. Abortion is the destruction of the fetus or unborn child while
the child is still in the mothers womb. This can be done by almost anyone from the mother
herself to back alley abortions and even to abortions by clinics set up especially for
this purpose. There are two sides to this abortion topic the PRO-LIFE which is those who
are against abortion altogether and the PRO- CHOICE or those who believe it is the womans
right to choose if she wants to have an abortion. These two groups offer different
solutions to problem. The pro-life solution is to have the child and basically live with
it. They believe abortion is not an answer. The pro-choice solution is abortion because of
reasons they feel are appropriate. Although abortion is morally and ethically wrong should
it be legal for victims of rape or incest who have no other alternative? There is no real
answer to this controversy, there are two sides to it though which have been arguing for
many years over the subject. The first is the pro-life group. This group does not believe
in the abortion factor. To understand where the pro-life stands we must first understand
its beliefs and reasons for its beliefs. Then we can discuss what their solution to the
abortion topic is. Pro-life believes that rape and incest are very emotional topics. "They
often elicit throughout the population feelings of revulsion; people draw back from the
issue of rape and incest. People don't know how to handle a person who is in that much
pain. There is no quick fix. That is why it is difficult for even pro-life people to come
to grips with the argument over abortion in cases of rape and incest." Some of those who
are pro-life will allow abortion in these cases because they don't know what else they can
do for the victim and except it as a rare case. But it is known that allowing abortion in
these cases usually does not help the victim, instead it only worsens the problem because
the victims needs are not being met. But what the facts suggest is that only a minority of
rape and incest victims actually choose abortion. This is where pro-life has its biggest
problem. Pro-life states that "Abortion is not usually chosen as the immediate solution
for rape and incest victims but that is the prevailing belief of the general population. A
woman has been raped and made pregnant: "Oh, she's got to have an abortion." No one has
studied the rape and incest victims needs; abortion is presumed to fill her needs."
Various studies and research indicate that rape and incest victims fall into a high-risk
category of abortion. But what happens after a victim has an abortion? Jackie Baker a
victim states: "I soon discovered that the aftermath of my abortion continued a long time
after the memory of my rape had faded. I felt empty and horrible. Nobody told me about the
emptiness and pain I would feel deep within causing nightmares and deep depressions. They
all told me that after the abortion I could continue with my life as if nothing ever
happened." (Reardon 21- 22) This is the story we hear from a lot of aborted women. Today
in our society it is believed by most people that it is the womans fault just as much as
the mans fault, if not more. many people think women are responsible for contributing to
the rape itself. Then the rape victims feel self-blame and guilt. And even then a rape or
incest victims family members or close friends may reinforce these negative feelings. Or
they drop the problem because they don't know how to talk about it. We even see the same
thing in the abortion experience. When a person becomes pregnant because of rape or incest
there is a permanent symbol of the rape, at least until it is aborted. Women who have had
abortions fear being rejected by God and loved ones. It is a very traumatic experience
which takes time. The fact is that you are really telling your loved ones of a death in
the family. Opinion polls have shown for years that women are more against abortion than
men are. The women led the opposition of abortion. "In 1983 a Los Angelos Times poll found
that only 47% of women (compared with 51% of men) favored the general availability of
abortion." (Pro Life Feminism: Pro-Woman, Pro-Life 6) So what is this telling us? The
facts are very clear men prefer abortion over women by a large percent. And most women do
not agree with abortion. So why does it still exist today? What pro-life feels is really
happening is that in our society today abortion is becoming the solution to carelessness.
Abortion does nothing to help the victims rape, and that is the problem they are trying to
address in the first place. Instead abortion encourages the victim to vent their anger out
on others. Pro-life also believes that child birth on the other hand can be a victory. For
those victims who chose childbirth over abortion it can be a triumph. It can state that
the victim is not going to let rape destroy her life. When the needs of pregnant victims
is closely examined it can be shown that abortion is not the answer and is in fact only
worsening the problem. (Reardon 21-22) But the worst strain abortion has on the victim is
mental strain. Many victims become confused and overwhelmed by feelings they thought they
would never have, and don't know what to do. After having an abortion victims thought they
had solved the problem but in fact they had really just started a whole new one. Many
victims began thinking there was something wrong with them and began to doubt themselves
in situations that they would normally be sure of themselves. Others plunge into deep
depressions which they don't come out of for weeks at end. This is one of the worst side
effects of having an abortion and most women don't realize it will happen to them because
they are too busy trying to correct the immediate problem. . Pro-life persons don't have
any reason to be ashamed to defend pro-life view in the case of rape and incest. They feel
the ones who should be ashamed are the pro-abortionists who have been exploiting the
problems of the victims. Pro-choice has a different view to this whole abortion
controversy. Pro-choice believes that it is the persons right to have an abortion if they
want to and that no one should interfere with that right. Pro-choice has many reasons for
feeling this way. First lets talk about who has abortions and why they have abortions.
There are 1.6 million abortions in the United States every year, there is no real special
class of people who have abortions. Why does pro-choice feel that abortion is all right?
Well pro-choice believes that the answer is what the woman believes. The most common
reason for abortions is when contraception fails. What is a person suppose to do when the
birth control method fails? "The fact is that contraceptive failure led to 1.6 to 2
million of the 3.3 million unwanted pregnancies in the United States in 1987. These
pregnancies account for about half of the 1.5 million abortions performed every year."
Besides these reasons for abortion women also give researchers other reasons for getting
an abortion. In 1987 a survey of 1,900 women at 30 abortion facilities were asked, why do
women have abortions? The women could give as many reasons as they wanted, and most of the
women responded with one or more of these top six reasons: 1. Concerned about how having a
baby could change her life, 92 percent. 2. Not mature enough or too young to have a child,
81 percent. 3. Can't afford baby now, 73 percent. 4. Doesn't want others to know she had
sex or is pregnant, 42 percent. 5. Has relationship problems and doesn't want to be a
single parent, 37 percent. 6. Unready for responsibility, 33 percent. There have been many
studies done on smaller groups that expressed the exact same reasons for having an
abortion. Older women were more likely to say that their families were complete while
younger women said that a baby would interfere with education, career, and personal
freedom. At any age women say they have too many responsibilities and not enough money to
take care of a baby. The reasons for which the public is approving of abortions is not
always the reason of the person who wants to have an abortion. Women do not have abortions
because of rape, incest, deformed fetuses, or because their physical life is in danger.
But these are the best reasons accepted by the public. Being poor, too young, unmarried,
and not wanting a baby are the most unpopular reasons for having an abortion and are
looked down upon by the public. Pro-choice feels the main reason for abortions is because
contraception failed and they didn't want to have a baby at the time. What are some of the
benefits to having an abortion. Well the most obvious one is the abortion itself. First of
all pro-choice wants to make it clear where they stand. They believe in first time
abortions. This is usually because of contraceptive reasons or maturity, but where they
draw the line is at third or fourth time abortions. This is because although they think
abortion should be legal they believe that is a little extreme and may be a solution to a
bad habit. "But the big benefits of having an abortion can be seen right away is relief.
The feeling most women have after having an abortion is relief. A 44-year-old psychologist
with three children had an illegal abortion at 18 and a legal abortion at 28. Both times
she primarily felt relieved for herself and all the family members for whom she was
responsible." "Another example is a newly married 27-year-old elementary school teacher
had two abortions at age 18 and 21. She felt the same relief as the psychologist." There
have been many studies that researched what the primary reaction to having an abortion
was. One study done by Kaiser Permanent in northern California asked women subscribers how
they felt about their abortions. The most common answer was relief. Abortion also leads to
safer contraception. After a person has to go through an abortion because of a failure in
contraception it is found that from then on the couple is much more cautious about
safe-sex. It is found that almost all of the 742 low-income women who received abortions
in 1970-1971 at the State University Hospital in Syracuse, New York, intended to use
contraception in the future, an attitude that was even stronger after their abortions.
Perhaps the abortion is actually a lesson in life. Another positive impact is maturity.
How might a person mature because of their abortion experience. Well the most obvious
example of maturity is after an abortion the aborted person usually changes their bad
habits. This could be anything from safe-sex to everyday things like listening to others.
This may not have been the case before the abortion. When people were asked how they felt
about themselves after the abortion many of them responded by saying they felt more
mature. It caused them to reevaluate their behavior, their lives and their future. Others
felt they were freer and stronger. "Two benefactors to having an abortion is increased
self-image, self-esteem, and increased psychological health." It is said that an abortion
usually changes a womans uncertain self-image into a good self-image. The average woman
gets back the self before she got pregnant and sometimes a little more. It is also said
that it can increase your psychological health. Can this really be? "Pro-choice states
that a woman is damaged by abortion, but pro- choice women state that is not so and it
actually benefited them." Pro-Choice also believes that it is the moral right for a person
to be able to control their own body whether it is having a baby or destroying it. They
feel it is the womans right to be able to do what she wants with herself and what she has
created. Pro-Choice also argues that at the stage where abortion is done the fetus is not
really a human being therefore it is like you are not destroying anything. It is merely
biological and really does not exist until further stages. This is the reasons why
pro-choice is arguing for the legalization of abortion. They feel that the increase in
more mature women after abortion, safer-sex, increased mental health, and increased
self-esteem and self-image are good enough reasons for legalizing abortion. After
researching about abortion the solution that I find best fit to the abortion controversy
is that although abortion is morally and ethically wrong there is no real alternatives for
those who are victims of rape or incest. That is why the best solution to this controversy
is to legalize abortion for those who are victims of these awful crimes. Although pro-life
and victims of rape and incest state that abortion adds to the pain of these crimes there
is no other real solution. Most victims would agree that it would be better to suffer
through the pain of abortion than to have to live with a deformed child or even worse a
child that is not really your own as a product of rape or incest. Victims of these crimes
also report feeling dirty, guilty, sexually violated, etc... But is that as bad as having
to be constantly reminded of the traumatic experience you went through everyday you see
your child? Your child is a victim too! But the most obvious reason is the fact that a
victim of rape or incest was violated against her will. She did not ask for it, and does
not deserve it. She should not then have to deal with the child if she does not want to
because it may lead to further complications for the victim and child. By further
complications I mean mentally, physically, and emotionally. Many victims often go through
long periods of depression when they are forced to keep the child because it often stirs
unwanted memories. This is why abortion should be allowed or legal for those unfortunate
few who have no other choice but to have an abortion or live with this great burden.
Abortion on the other hand should not be legal for all. When a person chooses to have sex
she is taking a chance. This she does of her own free will, and she has control over what
she is doing. This is the total opposite of the rape victim. If a person decides to have
sex whether it is safe or not, what happens after that is her responsibility as well as
his. And if you are going to chose to participate in this risky and unsafe practice then
you must be ready to pay the consequences. I also believe that a fetus is still a child
contradictory to the beliefs of the Pro-Choice. I think that when two people create
something like a child, even if it is as small as a fetus it should still be considered a
child because it is a living breathing organism made by the two people. I think that even
a fetus has rights to a good life, love and happiness no matter how small it is and no one
should be able to take that away from him. Therefore my solution to the abortion problem
is it should be legal for only those who are victims of rape or incest if they so chose to
have an abortion. But should be illegal for those who are not victims because they chose
to do what they did and they must deal with what they have created. -- The Ethics Of
Abortion Abortion is a very controversial subject that has been continually argued over
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