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Abortion: Wrong or right?

Abortion is an extremely controversial topic, and I believe that women should be able to choose what happens to their own bodies. If abortion was illegal, the maternal death toll due to unsafe abortions would rise dramatically, and overpopulation would become an even more prominent issue. A woman should be able to have a say in a situation involving her body, and those who oppose abortion shouldn't care about a personal decision that doesn't affect them. I can understand that some people look at it as a form of murder. But i can't understand why people continue to pick and choose what is "justifiable" murder, and what is bad murder. Murder is murder. We can send people to war, we can legalize the death penalty, but abortion is STILL wrong? I think that people with different religious and cultural backgrounds have different unique perspectives, so I would love to here opinions. It doesn't matter whether the comments are anti-abortion or not.

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  • Apr 11 2013: Good on you for taking such an emotional subject and creating such a calm, rational discussion thread. That's impressive and rare these days, when people are willing to actually listen to the other side of an issue.

    I would say that yes, people do have the freedom to choose their actions. However, they do not have the freedom to choose the consequences of those actions. They come regardless. If a woman gets pregnant and doesn't want the baby, she has three choices: Bear it to term and keep it, bear it to term and give it up for adoption, or kill it. Her initial choice was to have sex without birth control (excluding the case of rape). The consequences are not nice, no matter how you slice it. I have never met a woman who has had an abortion and not regretted it deeply later. Granted, it's not something I talk about with every woman I come across, but those that I have talked with about it have regretted it. You're killing something, regardless of whether the baby is human or not, and for selfish reasons (again, excluding the situations of rape or the mother's life in danger). I wouldn't kill a pet just because it's in my way. I'd kill an animal I was going to eat, but not just for my convenience. As you said, murder is murder. I don't necessarily believe in war or the death penalty, although situations may require either of them. What is right and wrong does change according to the situation, and it's hard to know what it is. But I will say that your average abortion is probably being done for selfish reasons and as such is wrong. As the great philosopher Uncle Ben once said, "With great power comes great responsibility." The ability to create life is an amazing power. Both men and women need to use it responsibly.
    • Apr 11 2013: Wow, your opinion is very interesting. I have always been curious to know what others thought about such a controversial subject. You are more than right when you say that women carry out abortions for selfish reasons. An abortion isn't selfless in any way really, and yet women try to convince themselves that it is. I guess my narrow-mindedness made it difficult for me to look beyond my own perspective. I now believe that whatever is right for a certain situation should be done. Thank you so much for such an enlightening outlook.
      • Apr 12 2013: You're welcome, I'm glad I could help you in any way. That's not all my original idea, actually, I got it from my religion. But I believe it wholeheartedly.

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