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Justifiying Abortion in Cases of Rape and Incest

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Justifiying Abortion in Cases of Rape and Incest

Abortion:" the expulsion or removal of a human foetus from the uterus

before the foetus is capable of independent survival" (Heinemann

English dictionary).

"…In these tragic cases the great value of the mental health of a

woman who becomes pregnant as a result of rape or incest can best be

safe-guarded by abortion. It is also said that a pregnancy caused by

rape or incest is the result of a grave injustice and that the victim

should not be obliged to carry the foetus to viability." Biochemist

Andrew Varga

"In a rape case, if there's anyone who deserves a death sentence, I

think we'd agree that it's the guy who commits the crime. But to say

that the child deserves death is to punish a totally innocent

bystander. He (or she) had nothing to do with his mother's rape, but

now he should be killed? The baby is a living human being, not a

cancer that has to be cut out." Randy Alcom

There is a large controversial issue on abortion there are two

different sides to the argument on whether abortion is justifiable

those who believe that abortion should be legalised either in certain

cases or on demand (pro-choice) and those who believe abortion is

wrong and unjust in every case (pro-life).

With pro-choice there are two categories-

(a) Those who believe abortion should be legalised and therefore women

can have abortion whenever they choose, for example, financial

reasons, the mother wants to pursue a career, overcrowding in the home

(other children may feel neglected by a new baby in the family), these

are social reasons for having an abortion.

(b) Those who believe that in...

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From my essay you have probably established that I am pro-choice.

Abortion should be legal to those who want or need it. Those with

strong religious and moral objections to abortion argue that the

rights of the unborn child override those of the mother. I think that

the woman should be allowed to make her own choice, as it her body and

it is her life that will be affected by the birth of the child.

Abortion should be legal to those who want or need it. Though, to

prevent unnecessary deaths, there should be a rigorous

screening/questioning program to ensure that the mother really doesn't

want the child, or to make sure she knows all the alternatives.

I think it should be the mother's choice of whether to have the baby

or not. If you think about it, it is her life.
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