Pregnant and Most-wanted?
by tristan B on October 18, 2013 - 5:02pm
In the article on BBC News written by Nina Lakhani, the situation of abortion that El Salvador is facing is exposed. It is said that women have the obligation to keep a baby if pregnant, and therefore abortion is illegal. Not only it is illegal but the women who are denouced are accused of murder of their child, and a case of miscarrying is therefore considered suspicious. Women who are denouced are sent to women's prison where they face their sentence for years. Even if a women is pregant by the result of a rape, abortion is not accepted. It is noted that in an important part of the women facing this case have common links, they are mostly not educated very well, poor and unmarried, and most of the cases are denouced by public hospitals and never private ones. Having a baby is not necessarly the number one choice for women in a such situation. Also, currently El Salvador is not the only country to impose this severe law, Nicaragua, Chile, Honduras and Dominican Republic are in favor too.
Knowing this, I think that this article noted majorly shocking facts. First of all, the most important point that really needs to change is abortion in the case of a rape. In no condition a women being raped should be forced to keep an unwanted baby. Not only it can ruins the mother's life but the baby will not be in the greatest conditions either. Having a baby should be a decision took by two parents and not by the government. It is totally innaceptable to judged someone to go in jail in the case of a sexual abuse. I think that El Salvador are being too severe about abortion. Instead of completely illegalize it, maybe they could put abortion legal to a certain point such as, up to a certain number of months of pregnancy, abortion could be legalized. I think that a society where abortion is completely not tolerated can lead the society poorly because if the ''unwanted children'' are not being well educated and have a bad childhood, and they still represent the next generation who needs to help the society economically and socially. We do not choose our parents, therefore it is important to grow a child into a situation where he or she can grow up safely. Abortion should be more tolerated for the good of the society.