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Pro-Life vs Pro-Choice: Should Abortion be Legal?
Women should have the right to choose abortion.
There are many reasons a woman may not be equipped to or want to raise a child. In these cases, it is important that she is able to choose abortion.
Many women do not become pregnant by choice. It is wrong to force these women to remain pregnant when they do not want to be.
When abortion is banned, many women who do not want a child
seek out illegal abortions
. These are unsafe, and risk the lives of the women that try them.
Pregnancy and childbirth can be gruelling and have huge and varying impacts on women’s physical and mental wellbeing. Women should have access to abortions in order to avoid these effects.
Making abortion accessible brings a variety of social benefits.
Access to abortion and control over reproduction is fundamental to achieving gender equality.
Not all pregnancies are viable and the pregnant woman should be able to choose to end it.
Women have a right to bodily autonomy and should ultimately be able to make choices about what happens to their bodies. Abortion should therefore be legal and accessible.
Adoption is a viable alternative to abortion.
When abortion is easily available, it incentivises irresponsible behaviour.
Abortion might be used for genetic selection.
A significant proportion of the genetic material of the baby belongs to the male. Since the male has a large stake in the fate of the fetus, any decision regarding abortion should be made jointly by both parties, and not just by the woman.
mental and physical consequences for the woman involved.
Life begins at conception. Abortion therefore violates the right to life of the fetus.
Abortions are immoral.
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