Abortion


In the last few decades, abortion has become a much-discussed subject. It has been a central point in many political affairs such as selecting justices for the Supreme Court. It has also become an issue for candidates for state and local offices as well as for the U.S. Presidency. To begin with, what exactly is abortion? Everyone has a different answer, but the dictionary defines abortion as the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus. The moral question has always been whether or not it should be a woman’s decision to get an abortion. The other side of that question is whether the government should have control over a woman’s body and forbid her to get an abortion. This goes back to pro-choice. Pro-choice doesn’t mean pro-abortion, but what it does mean is that women will be able to make that choice on their own. I believe that women have the right over their own body to decide what they want to do. I’ll admit, right now I would never be able to do it. But then again, I’m not in the situation and I don’t know what it feels like. Either way, even if I couldn’t do get an abortion, a woman should have the right to chose if she wants to ... we don’t all want the same things. I think it is wrong for us to make a decision for all people, saying that we all think and feel differently.


When talking about abortion, there are many different issues involved, including ethics. Ethics is what one uses to distinguish what is right from wrong, good from bad. Since people come from different backgrounds, they have a different code of ethics. There is no correct ethical or moral code for one specific time period, or group of people, so one must decide what they believe on the issue of abortion, by examining their own ethics. We cannot make the decision for everyone.


Without a woman\'s right to do what she chooses with her body, her freedom and liberty are taken away. If for personal reasons, a woman wants an abortion, as is, currently, her constitutional right, she has the freedom to do so. Back in 1973 the American Supreme Court ruled that Americans’ right to privacy included: “the right of a woman to decide whether to have children, and the right of a woman and her doctor to make that decision without state interference” (“abortion”). The Constitution says we have a right to privacy; so taking away a woman’s chance to make decisions about her own body violates that right.


Abortion clinics do not make the choice easier, nor do they force the woman into the surgery. People who are against abortion have the choice not to have one. It is not fair though to take away the choice of people who do want one. There are situations where women are raped and they cannot do anything about it. Should we really hold it against them and take away their rights? If they want to give up a baby they never tried to have to begin with, we shouldn’t try and stop them. It’s not right.


To bring this issue into more recent times, on Sunday, April 25th there was a huge rally in Washington DC about abortion. Pro-choice activists flocked together and marched to show that they wanted their rights, as not only women, but as human beings.