(4) Septic abortion, abortion accompanied by bacterial infection of the uterus. (5) Spontaneous abortion, one which has not been deliberately induced. Spontaneous abortions are often preceded by fetal death. (6) Therapeutic abortion, termination of pregnancy in order to safeguard the health of the mother.” Although abortion is considered one of those things that is terrible to do, some mothers-to-be feel it is the best option for them and others feel it is not an option at all. It appears there are many different reasons that a woman would get an abortion.
Abortion is one of those rights, which is protected according to the Supreme Court, in the United States Constitution. One aspect that I have not thought of until researching a topic for this paper is the rights of the physician to refuse performing an abortion. Upon researching this issue, I discovered some people that would like to limit doctors First Amendment rights. With the United States Constitution to back them up, doctors should have the right to refuse performing abortions because it may be against their moral beliefs and their Hippocratic Oath, even though people tend to think that a woman’s right to an abortion supersedes the physician’s right because of the physician’s social status. First, doctors should have the right to refuse performing abortions because it is against their moral beliefs.
Perhaps the woman was raped and became pregnant, the baby had been diagnosed with a defect, or the woman’s health might be at risk. Accordingly so, making an abortion seem like it may be okay due to those tragic events. However, one tragedy will not answer these problems with another one occurring. Murdering could be easily defined as killing somebody who does not want to be killed, as well as, cannot speak for one selves (Dictionary). To begin, a child does not have a choice whether it would like to be born or not.
Advocates of Pro Life are consistently perusing abortion, stating that it is morally wrong, and unethical in all matters, even if the pregnancy is inadvertent. There are factors remaining in today’s society that are very forthcoming and are unanticipated by women in the prevention of pregnancy. If medical doctors abolished the procedure, or if the government made it even more difficult to obtain an abortion, we wouldn’t be supporting the righteousness of many women in the U.S. today. If contraception, in all forms, were 100% effective, then abortion could be abolished. Until medical research and testing finds a foolproof contraceptive, abortion is morally permissible because of obvious factors that are uncontrollable.
For example, when pro-choice activists support abortions due to unwanted pregnancies, the activists are not rallying behind the idea of sexual incompetency (pregnancies due to lack of birth control). Rather, they are supporting the idea that women have the right to choose what to do with their own bodies. In order to understand these opposing views, justifications and condemnations, on abortion, it can basically be divided into three categories. These categories are based upon the reasons for which abortions are carried out, and include congenital defects, rape, and economics. Congenital defects, is when deformities within the baby are detected during an early stage of a pregnancy.
In addition to her conscience, another reason why a woman should not have an abortion is due to human morals. Abortion is an extremely notorious issue because while some people are completely against it, others believe that a woman should have the right to choose. “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and the security of person. Thus, human life is held t... ... middle of paper ... ...when there are other viable solutions. Abortion should not be used as another form of contraception.
Thomson’s essay was created as a strong, convincing essay. Thomson uses pathos when explaining the example for the mother and child situation. Thomson states “Some won’t even make an exception for a case in which continuation of the pregnancy is likely to shorten the mother’s life; they regard abortion as impermissible even to save the mother’s life.” (Thomson, 50) that even when the mother’s life is endangered, they still regard abortion as impermissible. However the case stated before is extremely rare and many people who are against abortion doesn’t believe in the extreme view. She states that “The extreme view could of course be weakened to say that while abortion is permissible to save the mother’s life, it may not be performed by a third party but only by the mother’s life.” (Thomson) the mother and child share the same body so it should be left in her hands to control the situation.
While some believe in the right to choose, others consider it as murder; in both cases the turmoil of abortion has an extreme affect on a woman. Even though the United States has ruled abortions to be legal, there is still controversy. One may say that this is a growing problem in our country. However, for every problem there should be a solution. Erika Bachiochi argues that: “The state's suppression of a woman's right to choose [was] simply a perpetuation of the patriarchal nature of our society...To free women from [the] gender hierarchy, women must have a right to do what they please with their bodies” (22).