One of the most well-known and intense debates in today’s world has been the topic of abortion. The amount of effort and passion many politicians and supporters show in regards to this subject is overwhelming. Abortion has transitioned into the realm of public debate. With abortion in the spotlight, two different sides have taken their respective stances in an effort to influence societal views and receive legal support: “pro-choice” movement and “pro-life” movement. The debate essentially makes society determine whether abortion is a private or public matter. On one hand, abortion can be seen as completely the decision of the child-bearing woman. On the other hand, the state and male partner should also be considered in the decision making process. Distinguishing the difference between public and private matters is one of the factors making it difficult to compromise on the issue.
The heated argument over abortion has elevated to a whole new level. Members of both sides have begun to bring the discussion into personal terms and have even resorted to violence (as illustrated in the video below). The fact that this issue has caused people to act this way proves how passionate each side is. The “pro-choice” movement believes women should have the right to determine whether they want to bear their fetus. While the “pro-life” movement believes that it is unethical to allow abortions because the unborn child has a right to live. Both of these groups obviously have conflicting opinions over the morality and legality of abortion. There is an overwhelming amount of questions they must answer while debating this issue.
What is the human organism prior to birth?
Should a woman have the right to determine what happens in her body?
Is abortion acceptable? If not, should abortion be acceptable in the situation that someone is raped?
Should abortion be available to individuals who happened to have a condom break?
If a woman’s pregnancy threatens her life, is abortion acceptable?
While these groups may have many strong answers supporting their arguments, the only way for this issue to be resolved is through determining whether abortion is a private or public matter. A question people should ask is…Should the state and/or individual men be involved with the decision making behind abortions? This question is interesting because it looks at the issue from a completely different perspective. When discussing the issue of private/public matters, politicians are logically approaching the debate by looking farther into the issue than just the superficial facts.
In my personal opinion, abortion is an issue that is both very hard to support and very hard to prohibit. There are so many instances in which I would believe an abortion is the “right” choice. Having a baby is a life-changing experience that does not just fade away with time. A child requires an overwhelming amount of time, effort, and money. Outlawing abortion in my opinion is irrational for this reason. If an 18 year old girl is about to go off to college and receives a positive pregnancy test, her life would be changed forever. With abortion prohibited, that young girl would be required to have the baby and take care of it for the rest of her life. At the same time, I see the perspective of the fetus as being a “person” with the right to live. There has to be some way to compromise between these two groups.
How do you feel about abortion? Do you agree more with “pro-choice” or “pro-life”?
Does abortion fall into the hands of solely the woman (private matter) or in the hands of the woman, man, and state (public matter)?