What if a Baby is physically deformed? Isn’t it better to end that child a life of pain?
Abortion is the termination of pregnancy leading to the prevention of birth of a child. Abortion is, therefore, similar to putting an end to the pregnancy. Abortion can typically be in two ways. The first one is by taking pills and the second is a surgical procedure known as the surgical abortion resulting in the removal of a fetus from the womb. There are several circumstances which many people point out as their justification to support the need to abort. The topic of abortion brings about no shortages of the “what if …?” There are several opinions and debates that arise when dealing with the topic of abortion. Some consider the killing of the child as an immoral act that should be illegal. Others say that the body belongs to a woman, and she can do what she wants with it. Others also point out certain special circumstances that make abortion be justified. In this essay, I support the view that none of these circumstances are enough to justify the killing of an innocent human being before it’s born. Abortion is wrong for it is an act of killing a child whether it’s wanted or not.
A woman may want to get an abortion when they find out that the baby is mentally impaired or severely deformed. The main question about this issue is that “would it be wrong to bring children to the world that has serious disabilities and genetic diseases to the world? Would it be fair to see them living a life of suffering?” thus the notion of life existence in its self-being a source of injury to a child with serious physical disabilities has become a new term of living a “wrongful life.” The Turn away Study carried out in the United States aimed to find out whether the termination of unwanted pregnancy causes advance mental health outcomes to women who did abortion and those who sought for abortion but turned it away (Biggs, et al., 2015). The study finds out that women obtaining a later abortion face an increased risk of a new diagnosed anxiety and depression condition than those women who carried an unwanted pregnancy to full time or did an abortion in the first trimester. The study also shows that the group who did first-trimester abortion showed the slightly elevated risk of anxiety disorder than those in third- trimester group. The study by Biggs, et al. (2015) shows that abortion at the final trimester is illegal. It applies especially to women who find out that their unborn child may be suffering from abnormalities and birth defects and decide to abort at the third trimester will still suffer a psychological distress that can lead to a professional diagnosis of anxiety and depression. This view is consistent with several other studies that have found that abortion has a link to other adverse mental health outcomes. These findings question the appropriateness of policies that requires counseling of women intending to abort so that they know the psychological effect that accompanies their decision to terminate the pregnancy (Biggs, et al., 2015).
Moorer (2003) in her article “who dies who lives?’, shows her support of the Republican lawmakers who are taking personhood measures and anti-contraception bills in banning abortions under any circumstance including incest, rape, and fetal abnormality. The only exceptions that Moorer gives are when the mother’s life is in danger and gives her the right to use contraceptive pills. In this view, Moorer supports the fact that all humans are born equal and free and have rights and dignity. All humans are endowed with conscience and reason and should act towards one another with brotherhood spirit. No human, therefore, has the right to decide who lives and who dies or who the unwanted and wanted the child should be. Every person both physically able and disabled has the right to liberty, right to life and right to security. Every individual both the born and unborn has a right to recognition in all places as an individual before the law (Moorer, 2003).
Recently the pro-life Congress Members passed new legislation to the House of Representatives than bans abortions undertaken after 20 weeks of pregnancy to the day of birth (Congressional Digest, 2015). It is a time when most women decide to terminate their pregnancy after finding out that their unborn child may suffer from birth defects and abnormalities. I, therefore, support these pro-life legislations that restrict women from aborting after the 20 weeks of pregnancy. The report from the Congress digest in fact shows that there are over 18, 000 abortions done at the very late term period each year on healthy unborn babies. These are defenseless and innocent children who can feel pain and have high chances of living a life outside the world. Thus aborting them is a torturous murder that they have to go through even without anesthesia. Also, the abortion is a torturous killing since many will scream and cry during the dying process. However we fail to hear them because they do not breathe air, but the amniotic fluids go through their vocal cords (Congressional Digest, 2015).
Finally, the abortion pills pose greater dangers to women health including the loss of life. The Christian Science Monitor (2016) indicates that the change label of abortion pills assists abortion providers, but it increases the dangerous outcomes of having the abortion through medications. The report states that these drugs have killed fourteen women. Thus, the FDA abortion pills are only beneficial to the abortion industry in increasing their potential revenues and customer base. However, the drugs have nothing clear to show that the pills are safe for women in the long run. Moreover, nothing is known much about chemical abortion that is safe for the unborn child (Christian Science Monitor 2016).
Through the evidence in this essay, I support the fact that it is much better to let children live despite their physical deformities and wait for life to take its course. W e has no right to subject them to death early because it is an act of inhumanity to kill them. We, therefore, have the moral obligations to end our inhumane and dangerous act of performing late-term; abortions so that we protect the precious babies as well as mothers from the psychological torture that will torment them for the rest of their lives.
Biggs, M. A. Neuhaus, J. M., & Forster, D. G. (2015). Mental Health Diagnoses 3 Years After Receiving or Being Denied an Abortion in the United States. American Journal Of Public Health, 105(12), 2557-2562, doi:10.2105/AJPH.2015.302803
Congressional Digest (2015). Late-Term Abortion Ban. 49(6), 7.
Christian Science Monitor (March 31, 2016). Clinic closures, FDA loosens reins on abortion pill; The FDA has lifted regulations on an abortion pill, overriding laws in several states and adding a fresh layer to the national abortion debate. Retrieved from www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic.
Moorer, T. D. (2003, January 23). Who dies, who lives? Who has the right to choose abortion? New York Amsterdam News p. 35.