Abortion and social responsibility


Abortionand social responsibility

ColumbiaSouthern University

Abortionand social responsibility

Abortionis a serious controversial practice in the modern society. Itinvolves terminating undesired pregnancies before they mature throughinducing miscarriages or putting the fetus into unfavorableconditions so that it may perish. The number of abortion cases riseevery year. However, anti-abortion campaigns refute the practicebecause it is allegedly a form of murder. Anti-abortionists assertthat pregnant women have alternative options that can help peopleprevent abortion. Nevertheless, pro-abortionists claim that in somecases, the mother should not give birth. Abortion is murder and itshould only be permitted to suit medical conditions and not one’sselfish needs. For instance, abortion should only be considered if apregnancy or birth of a child puts a mother’s life at risk.

Abortionis murder. According to Boonin, the author of the book titled “Adefense of abortion” (2011), abortion denies a human being a chanceto live. Additionally, Boonin asserts that an abortion is murder ismurder, even if people try to justify it. For instance, the authorargues that life begins after conception, hence, according to him, itis wrong to claim that fetuses are not yet developed enough toqualify being considered a human being. Additionally, the authorcalls abortion a form of “justified murder.” The authorchallenges pro-abortionists to prove a situation where a person is atliberty to take a life of another human being. Additionally, Booninasserts that even if the mother were raped and conceived, the childshould be given a chance to live (Boonin, 2011).

Abortionshould be a woman’s choice. Shrage (2003) argues that women shouldhave independence for making independent decisions on what shouldhappen to their bodies. In her book “Abortion and socialresponsibility: Depolarizing the debate” (2003), the author arguesthat what happens to a woman’s body should not be a concern to thepublic. The author argues that conception and pregnancy are personalaffairs. Hence, abortion too should be kept as a personal matter. Theauthor agrees that an abortion is ending lives of innocent children.However, in her book she states that the society should be reasonableand allow a mother to abort if she was a victim of rape or conceivedwith a close relative (Shrage, 2003).

Abortioncan cause long-term adverse psychological and physical effects.McDonagh, the author of the book titled “Breaking the AbortionDeadlock: From Choice to Consent” (2010) asserts that there arephysical and psychological side effects that come with abortion. Theauthor argues that an abortion can result to a traumatic experience,especially if the patient is a young girl, or was forced bycircumstances to do it. In addition, the author argues that mostpeople feel guilty and take time to come to terms with their choice. Abortion also increases the risk of complications in laterpregnancies. For instance, if the abortion is done in a wrong way,the mother can get an infection that can cause health complicationssuch as infertility. Moreover, doctors conducting abortion proceduresmay not be qualified. Patients looking for an illegal favor from adoctor may not ask for a professional’s qualifications (McDonagh,2010).

Abortiondegrades humanity. According to Reiman, the author of “Abortion andthe Ways We Value Human Life” (2009), abortion demeans humanity.The author asserts that abortion interferes with the humanreproduction system. Moreover, he argues that the practice isinhumane, and many girls are misled by the society that displaysabortion as a normal thing in modern society. Additionally, theauthor asserts that arguing a fetus is not a human being is wrong.According to Reiman, a human being’s life starts right after themother conceives. Destroying fetus is killing a life that has juststarted growing. He claims science has proven that a new human beingor organism is formed from the time of conception when a single cellof the embryo is formed. For that reason, nobody has a right to endthe life of a guiltless person deliberately (Reiman, 2009).

Adoptionis the best option. Solinger (2010), the author of the book titled,“Abortion wars: A half century of struggle, 1950-2000” arguesthat fetus termination is not the best way to deal with unwantedpregnancies. The author argues that a mother can consider adoptionalternative if she would like to give the embryo a chance to live.Additionally, the author asserts that a mother never knows the futureor destiny of the child. He argues that an abortion may deny giftedpeople a chance for transforming the society. The author affirms thatthroughout history, an increase in human population has played amajor role in the improvement of advancement and modernity. Forinstance, for the last two hundred years, human population hasdoubled. Without an increase in human population, the world’sdevelopment would not be growing so rapidly. However, the populationgrowth and modernity has come with some challenges. This researchintends to address whether to draw a line and say no to taking livesof innocent infants or permit abortion just because it is a woman’sright and privacy (Solinger, 2010).

Abortionis murder. Abortion is murder no matter how people try to put it.Once abortion is successful, life is lost. Science has proven that afetus has an independent life while still in the mother’s womb.Moreover, a human being forms right after conception. Hence, peopleshould respect human life, and, since nobodyhas the right to take another person’s life,should consider other options like adoption. This book “A defenseof abortion” (2011) enlightens the reader about the truths and themyths about abortion. The author uses powerful skills to educate thereaders on the truth about abortion. Additionally, after reading thebook, a person becomes aware of other choices that can substituteabortion. For instance, Boonin claims that if the mother wishes toabort due to financial reasons, she can opt for adoption. This pointshould be noted before procuring an abortion since it gives an infanta chance to live. Moreover, after birth, the mother could overcomethe fear she had, and end up keeping the baby. In that case, abortionwould have given a final judgment and deny the probability of amother loving her child (Boonin, 2011).

Abortionshould be a woman’s choice. This statement offers a differentperspective to the issue of abortion. Additionally, it tries toconsider those that support abortion from their point of view. Forinstance, mothers’ lives are at risk in some cases because apregnancy. In such a case, a medical professional can recommendabortion to save a mother’s life. Similarly, biological mutation orabnormality of an infant can warrant an abortion to save a child frompotential future problems. However, aborting pregnancies resultingfrom rape or incest cases is debatable.

Accordingto Shrage (2003), people criticize women who undergo abortions, yetthey do not understand what they go through. For instance, the authorillustrates a situation of three men who kidnap a woman and molesther repeatedly. After her release, she reports the matter to thepolice who take her to a healthcare facility for medical checkup.That is when she finds out that she is pregnant. The author assertsthat keeping this pregnancy would only add salt to her wounds.Moreover, the woman would not heal from that painful experience andthe author sees no point of keeping a baby whose father cannot bedistinguished from the three criminals. Hence, the author concludesthat a woman should be the one to decide on what she should do to herbody (Shrage, 2003).

Abortioncan result to psychological and physical effects. Abortion proceduresmay result to psychological or physical effects to the patients ifproper measures are not adhered to during and after the procedures.Majority of women who end up with unwanted pregnancies are confusedand rush for quick solutions. Consequently, many of them do not takethe time to seek qualified medical practitioners to perform anabortion. As a result, they end up injured by the procedures.Additionally, their conscience denies them piece of mind.

Thebook “Breaking the Abortion Deadlock: From Choice to Consent”(2010) by McDonagh is a good piece that explains abortion in adifferent manner. The author has researched and concluded that somecases of abortion may affect the patient in different ways. Forinstance, the author states that there is need for furtherexamination to see how the patient is fairing. According to theauthor, some patients suffer physical effects like bacterial andyeast infections while others suffer long-term psychological effects.Additionally, a patient may develop feelings of guilt when later inlife she realizes that she would be raising a child of her own of herown. Moreover, the author argues that the mother may feel that shemurdered someone at some point in her life. The author asserts thatthere is a need to seek a psychiatrist’s help if a patient showssigns of depression. Additionally, the author asserts that it isimportant to seek counseling at the early stages of depression(McDonagh, 2010).

Abortiondegrades humanity. Abortion degrades the value of human life.Additionally, ending the life of a human being in its early stageshows that people do not value human life. People should valuehumanity and human reproduction. Abortion works against the humanreproduction, moreover, human population is affected by theincreasing rate of abortion.

Thebook, “Abortion and the Ways We Value Human Life” by Reiman(2009) focuses on showing that abortion is murder no matter howpeople try to put it. The author compares how people lived in thepast to the modern days. This illustrates that there were manysuccessful births in the past than there are in the modern days.Additionally, the author argues that in the 80’s and the 90’s,people were more responsible than the present days. The author claimsthat the modern ways of people’s social lives have played a majorrole in enticing people into sexual relations that lead to unwantedpregnancies. According to the author, in the 1980’s, the word “sex”was a taboo. Nevertheless, in the modern era, young teenagers performit without considering the consequences that may occur. Additionally,these young people are not informed about proper protection measureswhile engaging in premarital sex. Hence, the young adolescents maystart dealing with unwanted pregnancy issues. Unplanned pregnanciesmake teenagers consider abortion as an easy way out of theirirresponsible actions (Reiman, 2009).

Adoptionis the best option. If mothers considered chose adoption, loss ofinnocent lives would cease. There are people and organizations setand would love to take care of these children. Additionally, somepeople cannot give birth due to biological reasons. Hence, instead ofaborting these infants, mothers should give birth and reward thepeople who are yearning to become parents.

Solinger(2010) asserts if people like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were victimsof abortion, maybe the computer world would not have been. As aresult, the author argues that if a mother does not want a child, sheshould her child to foster parents for adoption. Adopting childrenwill prevent the society from losing knowledgeable persons requiredto improve the modern world. For instance, societies requireprofessionals skilled in developing medication for treating pandemicsaffecting such as Malaria affecting many people living close towetlands and rain forests. Persons intending to abort a fetus shouldinstead give the child to adoption. Many people with fertility issuesor looking to raise big families readily adopt children. The peoplewould appreciate adopting a child obtained legally, and sometimesprovide better parenting than biological parent would. Abortion is alegal murder. A life is lost every time a successful operationhappens. However, abortion is always murder. Those who say it isjustified in cases of rape or incest are not saying it is not murderin those cases (Solinger, 2010).


Boonin,D. (2011). Adefense of abortion. New York: Cambridge University Press.

McDonagh,E. (2010). Breakingthe Abortion Deadlock: From Choice to Consent.New York: Oxford University Press.

Reiman,J. H. (2009). Abortionand the ways we value human life.Lanham, Md: Rowman &amp Littlefield.

Shrage,L. (2003). Abortionand social responsibility: Depolarizing the debate.New York: Oxford University Press.

Solinger,R. (2010). Abortionwars: A half century of struggle, 1950-2000.Berkeley, Calif: University of California Press.