Having a child: a crime?

by pp21 on September 18, 2013 - 8:33am



In Canada, having a child is an extremely awaited event and a milestone in life. However, being pregnant does not mean the same in all parts of the world. For example, in Morocco, thousands of babies born outside marriage are abandoned each year, not counting the many bodies thrown away in the garbage. These babies are abandoned by single women who are ashamed, as having a child outside marriage is considered a crime in this country. The worst part in this story is that women are rarely guilty. Often, they get pregnant because they were victims of rape or incest. It can also happen that their “lover” did not keep their word after they promised them marriage or simply that men leave them when they learn that the woman is pregnant. I chose this article because its subject is shocking and unfortunate and I believe we are not informed enough on the subject. These cruel situations happen so rarely in Canada that it greatly surprised me. A question to ask is, should these women abandon their babies on behalf of shame or keep them and live with the rejection of their family? After reading about the way people treat single mothers in Morocco, it is quite understandable for them to abandon their child. In their country, extra-marital sex is punishable by up to a year in jail and when they go to public maternity hospitals, doctors refuse to help them. Moreover, single women who are pregnant often abandon their newborns because of the strict Moroccan mentality and lack of support by the government. And nothing is done to avoid unwanted pregnancy since abortion is illegal. However, as a Canadian, I opt for the second option. It is not normal for a humanitarian point of view to accept abandoning a baby you just had and let him die alone. These babies, even just born, have the right to live and Moroccan people should realize that they have thousands of lives on their hands. Even though Moroccan society does not accept pregnant single mothers, abandoning a newborn in the street is an act of killing and by instinct, I would not be able to kill someone. On the other hand, the problem is not only about the decision of the future mother. The government should support them, as they have the right to get help from others and accept the upcoming arrival of a child happily, like real Canadians. But even if the morality of Moroccans changes and they accept this kind of pregnancy, will families accept every babies or will it turn out like in China, with the one-child policy and the abandonment of thousands of little girls?


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