The name abortion incites different images to different people. Some may view this as an unethical behavior while others simply do not see any wrong in a woman expelling the unborn child from her womb. That stated, the laws that pertain the rights to abortion have always been controversial and have always been central when it comes to the politics of the United States. Other countries where abortion has always taken center stage in politics include the allies of the United States: Britain and Canada (Lewis, 2017). The major ethical issue regarding this activity is centered on the role that women play in the society and the ability to make decisions on their own. So, why shouldn’t women be granted the right to allow abortion yet it is their decision to make considering it is their body, it is part of childbearing, freedom, and equality, and simply because it affects the women disproportionately?
To begin with, women have the right to choose whether there is need to keep the pregnancy or not. It is in the regard that each and every individual has the right to control his/her body because it is a moral right and therefore, women should not be told what to do or what not to do with their bodies. As a matter of fact, not allowing women to expel an unexpected fetus can be regarded as a deprivation of some basic rights. On this foundation, we have to consider the main argument in favor of abortion: women have the right on what to do with their body, a fetus exists inside the body of a woman, the decision whether the fetus remains in the body relies on the woman and therefore each pregnant woman has the right to abort.
On the aspect of childbearing, freedom, and equality, the main argument is based on the fact that the child has to be born and taken care by the woman. If the society does not permit a woman to undertake abortion, not only is she forced to bear a child, she is also expected to look after an unwanted child for many years. In this, the life choices and freedom of women are limited by childbearing.
Finally, abortion has been described to affect women disproportionately. In this, abortion has been stated to affect the gender and the individual aspect that regard women (Halfmann, 2013). Therefore, not allowing a woman to abort imposes a constraint on their lives particularly on achieving equality.
It is therefore not only important to grant women the right to abort, but also to provide the necessary mechanisms and methods to do so. One major aspect that advocates for the right to abortion may be regarded as gender equality. Women want to be taken on equal measures as men and a step forward is the right to decide what to do with their bodies. So why not grant women the right to abortion considering that it is their own decision, freedom etc.
Halfmann, D. (2013, April). Why Abortion Controversies are So Central to U.S. Politics. Retrieved from scholars strategy network: http://www.scholarsstrategynetwork.org/brief/why-abortion-controversies-are-so-central-us-politics
Lewis, J. J. (2017, Oct 02). Abortion History: The Controversy in the U.S. Retrieved from Thought: https://www.thoughtco.com/history-of-abortion-3528243