Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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My Thoughts On: Abortion

               One of the most debated topics in the world is the topic of abortion. Is it right or wrong? Is it shameful? Is it murder? Well, this blogpost is going to view each one of those questions. The first thing I'm going to mention is that you can't place the same moral weight on an unborn fetus than on a living person's life. Because you call them fetus, not baby. A person doesn't gain human rights until the moment he/she is born. 

                Many people argue that abortion is murder. If it is done before the fifth month of pregnancy, it cannot be considered murder, as the embryo is not a sentient being. After that, the fetus develops a survival instinct, and although it cannot be considered a sentient being, it can be considered a living parasite [Parasite: An organism that lives on or in an organism of another species, known as the host, from the body of which it obtains nutrients.] Basically, until a fetus is born, it is a parasite. 

                Is abortion morally right or wrong? There's not really a reason for abortion to be right, unless it is a case of a severely undeveloped baby. You know the type. Those little guys who are born weighing a pound and a half, red, tender skin, undevelloped brain, organs, etc. The kind of kid that gets to live a few hours, suffering all the way. That kind of baby should be aborted in the first three or four months, so it doesn't suffer when it gets to be born. You'd think that this would justify the abortion of anybody who's going to be born with a disorder, but that's not the case. If the kid is going to die in a few hours, better not let him feel pain at all. 
Basically, prevent the child's pain. 
                 Now, if a person is going to abort a fetus, that's her choice. Why? Imagine that when the child is born, she dies. Would you choose an unborn organism, or the woman you love? Also, let's say the woman is maybe a teenager or whatever, but she's unable to care for the baby, economically. That justifies her choice. Of course, women who are able to care for the baby abort. It's still their choice. It's better not to have a neglected child. And if the baby is given away, well, Earth is overpopulating, and we don't want more orphans. This sounds cruel, but if we're already driving the planet to destruction, the little things add up, and it makes more sense than the voluntary extinction movement
These guys are weird.
                 Abortion is not something to be ashamed of. It's a new idea, like homosexuality, and it will take time for people to accept it. Many, religious people are against it, but the institutions respect the woman's decision. Why? Because it really is her decision, not anybody else's. What if she was raped? What if she can't take care of the kid? What if she can die at the kid's birth? Of course. If the man wants to keep the baby, then by all means, he should talk and discuss it with her, but her decision is final. 
It needs to be a serious, serious discussion. 
                  I know that by this point, many of you should be hating this post. I know that abortion is not a beautiful thing, but sometimes it's necessary. Bad things happen in the real world, and many people aren't ready to deal with it. Still, something that has to be known is that many of the women who resort to this method aren't harmed psychologically in any way. That's a myth that's spread around by the same religious organizations that are pro-life. 

                   A lot of people who are pro-life also say that the operation is unsafe. Well, in real clinics, the method is secure and mostly women who get the abortion illegally get an infection or something. This usually happens in third world countries where women can even be stoned if they are caught. 
If your doctor's using one of these, he's not a doctor. 
                  Now, this isn't a nice topic to discuss, I agree, but it's one which has to be taken seriously. If politicians won't treat this properly, women may never be able to do this without feeling some sort of shame or guilt. We have to be open to the possibility that it isn't all that bad, and in some cases is even helpful. This is a right women should have, and the prejudice against it should not be here anymore. 

They need the freedom to choose.