Still Sitting On the Fence? Let’s Talk About Abortion
- Abortions around the world
- Ethical and moral angle
- Some societies ban abortion almost completely while others permit it in certain cases such as when crime is involved (rape, incest or child abuse
- Over 99.75% of abortions do not cause major medical problems
- 83% of all abortions happen in developing countries
More than 1/3 of all pregnancies that happen worldwide are unplanned. Every year, nearly 1/4 of all pregnant women choose to have an abortion, which is almost 42 million women annually. Access to safe abortion and legalization of abortion can prevent unnecessary suffering and death of women.
Making abortion illegal does not reduce the number of abortions. When women feel that it is necessary for them to have an abortion, they will have it anyway, even if it’s in secret. The abortion process itself is not dangerous, but doing it without proper medical care puts them under serious danger.
Let us keep in mind that in most cases, abortion happens for social reasons, especially in conservative and Muslim countries where unmarried pregnant women are shunned, abused and sometimes become victims of honour killings. So, understanding women’s reasons for wanting to have an abortion can put an end to the debate on whether it should be made legal or illegal worldwide. The decision to have an abortion may be the hardest decision that any pregnant woman can make, but it is even harder to give birth to an unwanted baby that will probably get shunned by society and will grow up in misery…
What about you? Still sitting on the fence? Tell us where do you stand on abortion in the comments section below.