Institutional Affiliation
If a mother should be the one to make the final decision on whether to have an abortion is a controversial topic. A significant number of people consider abortion as an immoral practice, arguing that it denies the fetus the chance to live which is a violation of human rights. However, I agree with the position that a mother should be the one to decide on whether they will abort a pregnancy. This is because women, just as men should have the right to bodily autonomy which enables them to choose what to do with their bodies (Kaczor, 2014). Additionally, I argue that no one should be involved in a woman’s decision to terminate a pregnancy. This is because the pregnancy mainly affects the body and the life of the woman and it is only her who knows what is best for her.
Having bodily autonomy is the main reason why a mother should be the final decision-maker on whether to perform an abortion. Bodily autonomy is a fundamental human right which everyone should have. In enable individuals to make choices or rather, do what they want with their bodies. In this context, it affirms women’s’ reproductive rights. What is more, if a mother makes the final decision on abortion, it permits them to have control over their personal lives (Kaczor, 2014). If they choose to proceed with an abortion, they should not be forced otherwise since they have reasons as to why they made that conclusion. A mother may not be financially stable to provide for the needs of the child after birth or they might not have completed school, among other reasons.
Additionally, I argue that no one else should be involved in a woman’s decision to terminate a pregnancy. When a mother becomes pregnant, it is her body and her life which is affected (Kaczor, 2014). Other people, including close family members friends, and even the physicians might not be significantly impacted by the pregnancy as the women would. Firstly, pregnancy interferes with the physical appearance and the normal functioning of the body. The man does not suffer the morning sickness, edema, and emotional alterations since they do not get pregnant (Githens & Stetson, 2013). As such, it is only a woman who should decide whether they are ready to undergo the changes that come alongside a pregnancy. Secondly, a pregnancy can interfere with a woman’s career especially, for those who bear unplanned or unwanted pregnancies.
Besides, deciding not to abort can be challenging is the mother does not have the finances to sustain the baby (Githens & Stetson, 2013). By not allowing other people into an abortion decision, a mother weighs the options which are best for her. Other people might manipulate a woman into aborting or keeping the pregnancy which may not be okay with her and can lead to future problems especially if those individuals will not be there to help.
Overall, a mother should make the final decision regarding procuring an abortion. This is because it is her right to have bodily autonomy and this enables her to control her personal life. Additionally, no other parties should be involved in deciding whether to abort apart from pregnant women. This allows the woman to choose whether to terminate a pregnancy or not based on her convictions and abilities and make a decision which she will not regret.
Githens, M., & Stetson, D. M. (2013). Abortion politics: Public policy in cross-cultural perspective. Routledge.
Kaczor, C. (2014). The ethics of abortion: Women’s rights, human life, and the question of justice. Routledge.