ABORTION SHOULD BE ILLEGAL 9
AbortionShould Be Illegal
AbortionShould Be Illegal
Thetopic of abortion has led into a heated debate between whether thepractice is morally right or not. In addition, when should it beallowed and under what circumstances. With the upgrading oftechnology, abortion is being termed as safer than before, however,the main question remains as to whether abortion if right or wrong.This is a critical thinking paper focusing on why abortion shouldremain illegal. Different negatives have been related to the practicesuch as the death of women while undergoing the abortion process. Interms law, abortion is regarded as killing, which in turn is illegalwith regard to the law (Giubilini, 2012). More so, the practice ismorally wrong, hence, should be regarded as illegal.
Todaydifferent issues led to a divided opinion from people as well asrelated authorities. On of such issue to have resulted in a heateddebate and differing views over it is the issue of abortion. Abortionremains one of the questionable practices. Globally, the practice hasbeen known to claim an estimated 2 billion lives every calendar year,with the practice costing the world massive untold losses of peoplesuch as scientists, educators, artists, among others who would havecontributed immensely towards the cause of humanity (Altman, 2015).Abortion has over time affected the society even today. The societyin massive numbers has expressed their feeling as abortion to be evil(Rubio, 2012). This is due to the idea that the abortion practicekills an unborn child for a reason or no reason. On the other hand,another group has taken into account that, the practice should be thewoman’s right to choose the idea of abortion in case incest, rapeor any health issue that may be life-threatening to the mother. Withreference to the United States, for example, the issue of abortionhas been and also remains one of the controversial issues in thecountry in terms of political aspects as well as cultural definitions(Joffe, 2013). Since the year 1900, various anti-abortion laws havebeen enacted in different states with the move to control the issueof abortion, however, the topic continues to bring along differentviews from different corners of affiliation, such as politicalparties, humanitarian groups as well as the religious community(Goodwin & Ogden 2007).
Ina simple definition, abortion is regarded is the illegal practicethat results in the termination of a human pregnancy. With theincreasing cases or abortions globally, it is worth discussing theissue. Abortion has brought a contentious topic of discussion betweenthe church, and the medical practitioners, as well as theanti-abortion and pro-abortion community at large, with every sidetaking the time to prove its stake on the issue. It has, in turn,become a social responsibility to discuss the practice of abortion,its pros and cons as well as what exactly is right with regard to thepractice. This paper is a critical thinking paper focusing on thereasons as to why the issue of abortion is not only wrong for peopleto do it, but also, it is morally wrong. “Killingof the unborn using dreadful procedures not is it a wrong practicefor the doctors to undertake, but it’s also morally wrong as well”.
Oneof the major concerns regarding the acts of abortion is that it hasbeen used to make human life a disposable thing. Initially, doctorswere originally not supposed to practice abortion. It was a forbiddenpractice within the profession as human life was taken asnon-disposable. This has, however, changed in the modern era whereabortion has been taken as a big business. Doctors have been caughtpracticing abortions, not for the sake of people’s life, but due tothe monetary gain behind the practice. Since it is illegal, peoplehave taken to themselves to achieve their goal despite what possibleobstacles or laws against the practice, hence building a money makingpractice by the doctors (Cohen, 2015). The Catholic Church has been,for example on the forefront in fighting against abortion. Accordingto the Pope, abortion has been used to promote a culture where thehuman life has been taken or considered as a disposable thing wherebybabies can be discarded anytime, and unnecessarily. This stand hasalso been backed by some members of the US House of representatives(Nichols, 2012). For example, Randy Hultgren’s made a statementregarding abortion, saying that “abortion provider’s runs anindustry that is designed to make money from the suffering, hence thebaby’s life’s are regarded or taken as something that isdisposable.
Withregard to the special circumstances as to which abortion is allowedin the United States, abortion is not the ideal solution to thevictim. Abortion has resulted in medical complications andpsychological trauma for the victims. It is, in turn, should beoutlawed as it causes long-lasting emotional and physical pains. Inthe less developed countries, deaths have been recorded when abortionhas been in practice, hence the reason it should be outlawed. Despitethe circumstance under which abortion is permitted, for example, ifit was a rape, baby diagnosed with a defect or the mother is at risk,and one tragedy shouldn’t be solved or answered with another.Abortion hence compounds tragedy and the reason it should beprohibited at all cost.
‘Murderis illegal’ this has been one of the stand-out laws with referenceto human life as well as one legal platforms protecting human life.With the same approach, abortion is taken as murder and so it shouldbe regarded as unlawful. The unlawful killing of a human being, anabortion is the termination of a life, and according to science anunborn child is also a human being. If murder is regarded as illegal,abortion must as well be regarded illegal, and hence shouldn’t belawful to kill any innocent human being. Still on the issue of legalaspects, the enactment of the 14th amendment of the United Statesconstitution was designed to give protection to classes of peoplelike the unborn. Finally, the federal laws already protect theunborn. With the enactment, of the legal platform the issue ofabortion has been regarded as unlawful, and hence should remainunlawful. With reference to the issue in question, abortion shouldremain unlawful, not only is the practice illegal as it entailskilling of innocent lives, but it is a practice that is morallyunacceptable.
Regardingthe abortion topic, numerous articles, scientific research, books,journals as well case studies have been published with regard to theissue of the topic. However, just as the topic has led to a dividedopinion, the same has been felt within the publications regarding thetopic with some supporting its legalization while others highlightingwhy the practice should remain illegal. One of the articles publishedregarding the topic is “Are All Abortions Equal? Should There BeExceptions to the Criminalization of Abortion for Rape and Incest?Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics” by Cohen, which waspublished in 2015 . According to the author, restriction of abortionshould be based on the condition of the mother or the victim.However, despite a well-developed argument as how this should beenacted, the article by Cohen fails to justify as to who should bemandated to pass the rule as to when and where the abortion to takeplace is (Cohen, 2015).
Additionally,the article fails to consider what the moral aspect of death is asabortion is defined as the illegal killing of innocent lives /unbornchildren. With regard to the article, the article has well-placedfacts with regard to when the abortion should be, however, the mainfocus is the medical practitioners to determine when an abortionshould be induced. The author well sourced his details quoting casesof abortion that has resulted in the death of women in the process ofabortion. The author points out, the idea that abortion could be usedto save lives when necessary. However, the author has well missed theessence of law reading the right to live as well as concerningmurder, hence being a biased article with regard to the issue ofabortion.
Anotherarticle to have been published with reference to the issue ofabortion is “Abortion, Time-Relative Interests, and Futures likeours. Ethical Theory & Moral Practice”. Authored by Nicholas,the article has focused on the issue from ethical and moral practicebehind the issue. The author has a well-developed argument as why thepractice of abortion is against the moral and ethical aspects of thehuman race. According to the author, abortion is morally wrong, aswell as being unethical, however, special circumstances should bepermitted to allow the practice. However, the author has failed todistinguish as to when the law should be bent to pave the way forabortion in addition, just like the case above, the author isn’tsure as to who or which body should be responsible for determiningwhen and to which the practice should be offered to. In summary,different articles have been published with regard to the issue ofabortion, however, there continues to have a major difference betweenwho is right or wrong. The articles supporting the practice have hadits focus on the health status of the affected women. However, thearticle ignores the legality of the practice as well as the moralaspects behind the practice.
Abortionhas remained one of the global issues resulting into differentopinions as to whether it should be legalized or not. Lawmakers,church leaders, human right groups, have all been affected by thepractice in one way or another. On the global scale, the practice ofabortion has led to division among the international community. Forexample, different nations have had different laws regarding thepractice. With the lack of common law globally addressing the issueof abortion, there have had different effects of the practice in thesociety. On the global scene, abortion has led to economic strainsas more medical expenses in an attempt to save people’s lives. Moreso abortion has led to increased cases of psychological problemsamong affected people such as stress, frustration, self-hatred andguilt among other problems. Another global impact of abortion is thedevaluation of children and humanity at large (Cohen, 2015). Last andnot the least, abortion practices have led to the illegal running ofunauthorized medical practitioners and clinics which has contributedto the massive spread of illegal medical practices not to mentionincreased deaths among women.
Despitethe heated debate regarding the legalization of abortion, thepractice should be illegal at all cost. It is clear that, despite thesupport behind the practice, the basic element has been on the factthat legalizing abortion helps save lives. However, the legalizationof abortion would lead to disregard of human life. The practice isagainst the law, moral aspects as well as being unethical. However,there has been a case whereby the lives of the mother have been savedthrough the abortion, hence bringing the exception cases whenabortion should be allowed (Nichols, 2012). However, it still wantingas to where, when and which circumstances should allow for abortion,as well as who is to administer the practice. Different negativeeffects of abortion have been identified not only in the US, but alsoin the rest of the globe (Murchison et al, 2014). This has in turnmade this an international issue and, in turn, global act on theissue to stop the practice.
Inthe modern world, there is a massive development in terms oftechnology, communications, machinery among other aspects. This has,in turn, led to improved medical care offered from the improvedmachinery and technology. With this development, medicalpractitioners have been on the forefront in developing improved andperfect practices to the patients. This has, in turn, led todiagnosis of fatal effects and developments of pregnancy in womenfrom a tender age. Consequently, this has increased the ability ofthe medical practitioners to detect pregnancy problems that might befatal to the mother, and in turn, an early inducement of abortion canbe conducted to save the life. This, in turn, contradicts the standthat, abortion should be illegal. However, laws should be enacted tospecify as to which cases, abortion should be allowed.
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