ARGUMENTATIVE something needs to be done about it

Our world today is full of unsolved, devisive and controversial issues. Most
of them relate to our morals, ethics and religion, thus creating a very strong yes’
and no’, or good’ and bad’ side. Like the Chinese Yin and Yang sign, abortion
has a very prominent black’ and white’ side but also contains traces of each in the
alternating colour. This shows that if you were to come to any kind of conclusion
on abortion, there would still be a downside to it, and that is primarily why the
world cannot agree on this sensitive and emotional issue.

Being female myself, I can understand why a woman would want to have an
abortion. Being pregnant and wishing you weren’t is probably the worst feeling a
woman can have. Knowing that if you brought a child into the world and you
didn’t want it, or you would have to give it up for adoption is such a disheartening
way to start off, and you and the un-born child would be so much better off if
you were to terminate the pregnancy and wait for a more appropriate time, or in
the case of rape, put the past behind you and move on.
Society has attached a stigma to abortion. When we hear of women having
abortions, we seem to automatically think that she wasn’t careful enough, or she
didn’t use contraception. We forget to stop and think about the other possible
reasons she may have accidentally become pregnant. Just forgetting to take one
pill per packet can reduce it’s effectiveness and also taking anti-biotics, or being ill
can also undermine the way the pill works. Condoms can tear or be forgotten,
and emergency contraceptives like the morning after’ pill are underprescribed and
not readily available. Would it surprise you that over 50% of women getting an
abortion in Britain used some form of contraception when they got pregnant?
This obviously shows that women are having huge problems with using
contraception, and something needs to be done about it now. Starting by
educating women more on the pill and the way it works, the after effects of
abortion, and the risks of having an abortion. We don’t want abortion to become
the easy way out though. People just need to know more about it and have to
satisfy specific criteria before having the pregnancy terminated, for instance by
interviews with doctor’s, given unbiased advice, and consultations with people of
their specific religion. “It is hugely important to reduce the number of unwanted
pregnancies but we have to accept that abortion is a fact of life for many women,”
– Ann Furedi of the British pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS).

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In the United States doctor’s who administer abortions are being targeted
by anti-abortion activists and some have actually been murdered. The doctor’s are
now having to take many precautions including wearing bullet-proof vests and
pulling blinds and shades down in their homes. One obstetrician-gynecologist had
to shut down his medical practice after he was terrorized by protesters who had
distributed wanted’ posters with his photograph, mailed threats to his home and
listed his name on a baby butcher’s web site. What makes a person think that
just because they feel strongly about an issue it gives them the right to go and kill
someone, or harass them till they fear for the safety of their family?
In Scotland the Roman Catholic Church offered a 12yr old pregnant girl
money in the attempt to prevent her from having an abortion. She was advised by
her teachers and a social worker to terminate the pregnancy mainly because of her
age and her family’s financial position. But her parents were more convinced with
the advice given to them by the Scottish church’s Pro-Life Initiative, a program
that offers alternatives to abortion. A writer of the Tabloid Daily Mirror argues
that “offering 12yr olds cash for babies is tantamount to bribery…..and it stinks to
high heaven”. But Monsignor Tom Conelly a spokeperson for the Catholic Church
in Scotland said that the church’s offer gives the girl “real choice, so the child in the
womb does not suffer at all, irrespective of age or race or creed”. If the girl chose
to go through with the abortion, it would able her to continue on with her life
normally and go on with her schooling. Unfortunately though, if she did have an
abortion there would be the risk that she may not be able to conceive in later
years. This is a high price to pay, but maybe she should have thought about some
of the consequences of having sex at such an early age. It all comes back to sex
education and informing children about the consequences and responsibilities that
come with having sex. Pap smears, contraception, STD’s and abortion should all be
addressed at school and this should all be re-inforced by the parents at home.
We have to consider ourselves very lucky here in Australia. At least we are
given the choice to choose abortion, unlike in some countries like the Philippines
where most of the population are predominantly Roman Catholic. It was in 1969
that Justice Menhennit ruled that abortion was legal in Australia, to protect the
life or health of the woman. This has made abortion available to all who need it,
and women can go to Family Planning Centres all over Australia and receive the
advice and support that they need. So far about 20,000 Victorian women have
an abortion in a year, but that doesn’t compare to the statistics in Britain where 1
in every 4 women will have an abortion at some stage. Lets just keep abortion as
the very last option and not travel down the path in which Britain and the USA are
heading. We don’t want babies getting thrown out in bins like vegetable waste
now do we??
1) “Doctor quits, cites anti-abortion threats”
2) “Half UK Women seeking abortion used contraception”
3) Abortion Information
4) “Scotland Church Chided on Abortion”
5) Abortion at Family Planning Centres
171 Berkeley Street, Carlton, 3053
Melbourne, Australia