Abortion is a subject on which many people have different opinions on if it is right or wrong. It is a very controversial subject of which everyone has an opinion on. There is no right or wrong and that is why people feel so strong about the subject. Firstly I would like to share simply what the rules are for abortion in the United Kingdom.
In the UK, abortion is allowed if;
- The mothers life is at risk.
- There is a risk of injury to the mothers physical or mental health.
- A chance of an existing child been heavily effected by another child.
- The fetus is below 24 weeks old.
- A high risk that the child could be severely handicapped.
Now, there are two different main groups that have views on abortion in the UK. They are the pro-life and pro-choice groups. The pro-life group believe that the fetus is still a human life and although it has not fully developed yet still has the same human rights as another human and therefore the mother or anyone else should not be able to decide if that baby dies or not. The Pro-choice group believe that it is the mothers choice on what she wants to do as she is the one that has to carry the baby and therefore if she does not want the baby for whatever reason, she should be able to have an abortion. I would be very interested to hear what you think about this and if you think the current stance on abortion in the UK is right in your opinion or not.
Personally I feel that both make some good points. My stance is that the mother should be able to have an abortion if they were raped, are underage, there is mental or physical health risks to either the mother or the baby or the child will be handicapped. I however do not think that they should be allowed an abortion just because they do not want the child. The reason on my thinking is that if they are raped and get pregnant, that child is going to be a constant reminder to the mother of what happened and that will most likely cause much more issues in the future. Also, if health problems are at risk then it would be a better choice for health sake to have an abortion. If they do not just want the child there is more options to go through like adoption and a lot of support can be offered throughout the whole of the ordeal. A life should not be taken for reasons of not wanting it because a fetus still is a life in my opinion and it will be ruining and cutting short what could of been a very good life.
All religions are against abortions after a certain amount of time however the time varies and have different circumstances. Muslims think that abortion is okay until 120 days of been pregnant and if the mothers or childs circumstances are bad. Catholics however believe that it is not right under any circumstances no matter what and Christians think that it is wrong but under some circumstances it should be allowed.
As a final question to anyone who decided to read this. Do you think abortion should be allowed? and if so, under what circumstances?