Is abortion legal and should it be legal?

Is abortion legal and should it be legal?

Is abortion legal and should it be legal?


Abortion is legal in plenty of countries- far too many to list here! You can check this resource, if you'd like: I believe abortion should be legal for the following reasons: 1) A woman's body is her own. Nobody, no government, no court, can force a woman to gestate a pregnancy to viability if she does not also agree to do so. It is unfortunate that human reproduction happens inside women, but because that is the truth, anything less than a pro-choice stance means invading her personal privacy, bodily autonomy, and forcing her to risk her emotional and psychological well-being, her physical health, both during pregnancy and post-birth (in some cases, even her lifelong health), and possibly even her life. 2) Criminalizing abortion (which is typically what the pro-life movement advocates) does not reduce rates of abortion. Study after study confirms that the abortion rate stays fairly static whether or not abortion is legal, and in fact, the countries with the lowest rates of abortion are those where it is legal. 3) Criminalizing abortion raises infant and maternal mortality rates. Without access to safe, legal abortion, women die, either in attempts to self-induce abortion, or at the hands of unscrupulous or untrained abortionists Right now, 55,000 abortions a day (over 20 million a year) are unsafe. The World Health Organization estimates that unsafe abortions cause the deaths of at least 200 women each day, over 70,000 women each year, yet it is “one of the most easily preventable and treatable causes of maternal mortality.” Between two million and seven million women each year survive unsafe abortion, but sustain long-term damage or disease. The most frequent complications are incomplete abortion, infection (sepsis), hemorrhage and injury to the internal organs, such as puncturing or tearing of the uterus. Long-term health problems include chronic pain, pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. Unsafe abortion is responsible for one in eight maternal deaths. Similarly, attempts to curb access to abortion have been shown to have negative consequences- for example, mandatory waiting periods lead to an increase in more second-term abortions (which are more risky and expensive) rather than to decrease abortion. 4) The logical conclusions of criminalizing abortion is absurd. If a fertilized egg that has yet to implant is considered to legally be a person, then every miscarriage will need to be investigated to ensure no foul play. How will we know if a woman who fell down the stairs truly had an accident, or if she was attempting to induce a miscarriage? Women who commit suicide when pregnant may face criminal charges instead of the mental healthcare they require. Who determines whether or not a high-risk pregnancy is worth aborting, if there's a 50/50 chance both mother and child will survive- even if the mother doesn't want to risk her life? One need only look to Romania under the rule of Nicolae Ceausescu, where a total abortion ban (and ban on contraception) lead to "a kind of pronatalist police state, where women were subject to random gynecological exams and all miscarriages were investigated" (Michelle Goldman in "The Means of Reproduction", pg. 80). Hope that helps!


Here in America it is. I believe that it should remain legal in the sense of preventing the alleyway abortions, let's face it people will do it regardless of it being legal or not. I just think there should be a limit.


Abortion is legal in the US. As far as "should it"- American Christians seem to cite their religion as the reason for their staunch opposition, but nowhere in any bible does it state WHEN life begins (yes, you can twist one verse or another to mean whatever you want it to... but no, it's not really in there). It SHOULD be legal for a woman to be able to make decisions about her own body.


Countries in which Abortion is legal: USA, Canada, Great Britain, Russia, China, India, Spain, France, most other European countries Countries in which Abortion is legal but only in certain circumstances: Most countries in Africa and the middle East, Germany, Poland, Ireland, Brazil and most other countries in South America Countries in which Abortion is illegal: Chile Varies by region in these countries: Austrailia, Mexico I think that it should be legal in certain circumstances. The reason is because if a woman was raped then I would understand if she needed an abortion. However, if it was legal for anyone then where's your sense of responsibility? If you get pregnant after sleeping around then all you have to do is kill the baby.


It's legal in many countries, find out the laws in your country. I have no opinion on it, legality doesn't make a difference, people WILL ALWAYS find a way around the law. This system is corrupt.


Yes and yes. NC, US It is and should be legal because women have the right to decide what to do with their bodies. They are going to get abortions whether it is legal or not. In an ideal world, it would also be vanishingly rare, as birth control would be 100% reliable and 100% used correctly.


I'm in the US, pumpkin, and the answers are yes, and yes. In the absence of any accepted medical definition of when life begins (or even a widely-agreed-upon definition of what constitutes life), defining when life begins is up to the individual's belief. If I don't believe that life begins at conception, it is unconstitutional to force me to behave as if I did. Until the state has a compelling interest in a pregnancy - until there is a chance that the fetus can survive on its own outside the uterus - the decision to carry a pregnancy to term or not belongs solely to the woman and whomever she chooses to share that decision with (like a partner or a doctor). Abdijah - embryos and fetuses are not "persons" under the law, despite the back-door efforts of anti-abortioners to push the definition of "person" as far back in gestation as possible with their dishonest "fetal protection" laws governing assaults on pregnant women. Since they are not "persons" under the law, your laughable attempt to invoke the Fifth Amendment fails hard.


It is legal almost everywhere and I think it should be legal anyway because a child is a big responsibility and what if you can't take it? You should be able to pull out just in case it is unexpected.


It is legal in Canada. It is looked on as an issue between a woman and a doctor, nothing political.



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