Since I touched upon abortion in my last post, I thought about the topic a little more. In a century of sex and business (i.e. women start having sex very young and want careers), many women consider an abortion in favour of a youthhood or/and career.
When thinking about abortion, there are many questions that should be tackled:
When does life begin? Can a foetus be considered ‘alive’? If yes, should it have rights? Who can say when life begins? ‘God’? Doctors? Whose decision is it ultimately – the mother’s or the father’s? Or even the government’s?
Doctors suggest that a baby’s life begins in about week 24, when its nervous system is fully developed and it starts to feel. Many religions on the other hand think that life begins at conception and thus abortion is killing a human being and should therefore not be allowed. Others belief that life doesn’t begin until the foetus can survive independently of its mother. (more)
Whatever the answer may be, I personally consider individual aspects as more important. Are the parents mature enough to raise a child? Can they afford a child? Do they really want it, would they love it?
Is it the mother’s decision? A woman has the right to decide over her own body and her future – but the latter would affect the father, too. So what about him? Physically it’s the woman undergoing abortion, but the mental and emotional factors are also with the father. What if the father wanted the child, but not so the mother? Would/should her body rights come first? Maybe, after all, the Government should make the decision based on questions such as: Would the parent(s) be able to support the child? Do they have a job? Are they mentally ready, i.e. mature and responsible enough to raise a kid?
In my opinion, abortion is totally acceptable. In a world of restricted free will, people should at least have the right to decide over this aspect in their lives, because a child changes everything. Furthermore, our world is already overpopulated and instead of having an own child, people should think of adoption!
Nevertheless, I can understand people who do not want to have an abortion, even if advisable for them (due to financial issues, for example). Abortion brings along many risks, such as damage to the reproductive system that could make the woman unable to conceive again, weakened cervix, blocked fallopian tubes, increased chances of breast, uterine and cervical cancer and most importantly, psychological harm, grief, regret and even depression (more). As long as you are/your partner is not pregnant, you can say anything, but once you feel/see/hear that there’s ‘something’ inside your (partner’s) body that’s developing into such a complex ‘thing’ as you are, the miracle of life might overwhelm you with emotions (of love ) and change everything…