Abortion has been a topic of considerable debate, controversy and activism. However, having been a witness to a rape case that resulted in pregnancy, I believe abortion is a choice which should be made by an individual. Women have the right to choose to abort a baby from their body.
Every child should be wanted. Many pregnancies are a result of rape and incest. This is a traumatic situation for women. Forcing her to bear the added responsibility of the child she conceived through the unfortunate act would only add to her mental stress.
One of the most pertinent questions regarding abortion is when does life begin. A fetus may be alive but so are sperms and eggs. It is true that life in every form should be respected. However, should the right of a fetus be greater than that of a woman who in majority of the cases would bear the responsibility of the unplanned child? Many have also argued that abortion means taking the life of an innocent one. It must be noted that most of the abortions take place in the first trimester when the fetus cannot live independent of the mother. It depends on the mother through the placenta and the umbilical cord for nutrition and health and hence should not be considered a separate entity. There are different theories regarding when life begins. Unless everyone can be made to agree to the one point when life begins, laws prohibiting abortion would be forcing one theory on all.
Again, unwanted pregnancies can have serious complications if the pregnancy is continued. An adolescent is neither mentally nor physically ready to continue a pregnancy. Besides health related complications, a minor mother isn't psychologically ready to handle the responsibilities of a child. With a life to support, many such girls drop out of school and start working in order to fend for the child. This certainly spells a bleak future for such girls. Pregnancy is not just about continuing a life inside the womb. With life comes the responsibility of providing...