Abortion is not immoral.

Essay by ushnishHigh School, 12th gradeB, August 2005

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The debate rages on - is abortion justified? And under what circumstances? It is a matter of which takes priority over the other; the right to live or the right to choose. The emotional stance to take would be that life is precious and must be preserved at all costs and any attempts to impinge on this right is immoral. However, upon closer inspection of the real issue at hand, it may become clear to any rational individual that, under most circumstances, abortion is relatively moral. There are, of course, no clear cut yes or no answers to whether abortion is moral but considering the medical and social factors, the other problems associated with casual sex as well as the baseless arguments put forth by the pro-life lobbyists, abortion cannot be considered immoral.

There are perfectly justified medical reasons for abortion. A sizeable fraction of all children born in a population will be afflicted with some form of birth defect or another.

This certainly does not mean that the child should be aborted due to minor defects. However, it does not really make sense to bring children with severe mental retardation or disorders into an unforgiving world. Some children may be born with terminal and incurable disease. Rather than allowing the child to die slowly and painfully, killing the foetus before it can start feeling pain makes more sense. Major complications during the birth procedure, which could lead to the death of both mother and child, can also be avoided via abortion.

Though there is little debate associated with medical reasons for abortion, social reasons lie in a grayer area. Indeed, it is often difficult for women to justify an abortion outside of medical grounds. However, it is unfair for women to be forced to continue pregnancies brought about by...