Abortion : For or Against ?
by damienessendhet on September 10, 2013 - 10:04pm
Abortion : For or Against ?
"Abortion, theocracy and secularity: conflict between irrational religionism and rational democratism" is a about the separation between the government and the religion, MV Naidu suggests that mixing religion and politics may be a dangerous mixture for a society. The author uses theocracy as an example to maintain that when the head of the state is associated with religion, often it leads to the lost of democracy and rights. He provides the debate on abortion, discusses the beliefs, values and arguments used by the Pro-life and the Pro-choice.
Abortion usually splits the population into two camps. The Pro-life are the people who are in disfavor, they are mainly people with conservatism political ideas and strong religious beliefs. Their main arguments are : The embryo is a human being, living is a right, killing a human being goes against God's message and abortion is certainly a murder. The values that support their arguments are faith, freedom of life, collective responsibility, tradition and non-interference. The Pro-life people favour sanctity of life and do not arm as ethical principles. Besides, the Pro-choice are in favour of abortion, they are habitually feminism groups, they fight for the respect of autonomy and the accordance of own self-interest. Basically, they advocate values such as autonomy, freedom of choices, individual freedom and parental responsibility. The Pro-choice think the decision is the matter of the pregnant mothers, because this is their bodies and their choices to decide what is wrong or not. Several situations are used to consolidate their arguments, some examples are if the mother was victim of a rape or if the child will born with a major illness that will affect his or her entire life. The purpose of the debate among these two groups is the recognition of the foetus as a human being with a soul, but there is no scientific evidence on the fact that an embryo has a soul as human beings.
Even if I am religious person, I am for the abortion. In my opinion, the stronger side is definitely the Pro-choice because I believe we must have the freedom of choices, especially for abortion. I think in this dilemma the parents only know what shall be better for them, because their decisions can be based on economical or medical decisions. They need to have the final word, they are the major actors involved. It will be wrong if our society forces women to continue the pregnancy in some particular cases as when there is a sexual assault or if the pregancy puts the pregnant woman in danger. The values that influence my opinion are individual freedom, parental responsibility and autonomy. To sum up, I believe abortion is an individual right, that should remain to the parents not our society.
Should abortion be criminalized in Canada ?
Naidu, M. V. "Abortion, Theocracy and Secularity: Conflict between Irrational Religionism and Rational Democratism." Peace Research 26.4 (1994): 1-12. ProQuest. Web. 10 Sep. 2013.