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Essay on Abortion: A Social Injustice

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“After the first blush of sin comes it's indifference; and from immoral it becomes, as it were, unmoral, and not quite unnecessary to that life which we have made.” (Thoreau, paragraph 14, line 20). Abortion is an injustice. It is the rationalized “removal” of a human life from existence, and it is wrong. Arguably reminiscent of the dreaded extermination camps of the second world war, deciding the death of millions has become a matter of routine for the world today. Abortion has ceased to be considered as wrong by many, and the majority would argue that it is instead quite necessary for their lifestyle. Several scenarios which argue their point include teen pregnancy, rape, and finding out the unborn child is mentally retarded. When…show more content…
Should she be made to suffer the consequences of another person's wrongdoing? She is a victim and has suffered a great emotional and physical trauma, it is not fair for her to be forced into the ordeal of pregnancy and then childbirth as well. And yet, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.” (King, paragraph 4, line 4). Just as the girl or woman, ideally, should not have to pay for another person's sin, nor should the child! It is not his or her fault either. Should the baby's life be sacrificed to pay the price because it cannot cry out against the injustice as loudly as it's mother? Consider this also, post-abortive women suffer grief, and emotional trauma that is not consummated by the joy of holding a child at the end of it. Therefore, to chose abortion as an escape from the passing pains of childbirth, in order to heap less hurt on the heart and mind of the abused mother only backfires. A woman who is experiencing the upheaval of being a victim should not cause herself guilt and more grief by becoming the transgressor. With relatively new technology, doctors are able to detect many things about a baby while it is still in the womb, including conditions resulting in mentally retarded infant. Ideally, this should be a rather pointless endeavor, with the only real benefit being
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