Abortion: A Woman’s Right or Murder?
Dr. Renee Levent
March 8, 2011
Few issues have encountered such controversy and debate as the topic of abortion. On one side are people who support the pro-choice view. Pro-choice supporters see abortion as a personal choice and feel that if a woman should have that choice taken away from her she has lost one of her most basic human rights. (Baird & Rosenbaum, 2001) Many supporters of pro-choice believe that a fetus cannot be placed on the same level as a woman. They feel that a woman has the given right to choose to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.
On the other side of the spectrum is the pro-life platform. Pro-life supporters believe that regardless of the circumstances the fetus is a human and should have the same human rights as the mother. Pro-life advocates believe that if a society legalizes abortion, it is legalizing murder. (Baird & Rosenbaum, 2001) Most pro-life advocates believe that abortion is immoral and violates all religious affiliation.
I personally support the pro-life side of the argument. Abortion is murder in its simplest form because it is slowly becoming socially acceptable to choose to lie on your back and then abort a baby that is the consequence of the action. It is never right to take a human life no matter what the circumstances behind the pregnancy are. I am appalled at some of the arguments I read that state if women are not allowed to have abortions then they will be stuck living lives they do not want. Unfortunately we all have consequences for our actions and if we choose to have sexual relations we should be aware that pregnancy is a possible side effect. Legalizing abortion is like saying go out and do whatever you want and do not worry about the consequences. Is that the message we want to send our children? Do we want our children to think it is okay to do whatever they like and not have to face the consequences?