Abortion: Social Justice

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Abortion is defined as the termination of a pregnancy by the removal or expulsion from the uterus of a fetus or embryo, resulting in its death. About 42 million abortions are performed worldwide each year, and an astounding 20 million of them occurring unsafely. These unsafe abortions result in 70,000 deaths and 5 million disabilities a year. Most abortions are performed in the first twelve weeks using the ‘vacuum’ method. The majority of women that choose abortion do so because they are not ready for motherhood, are concerned with their careers or education, or have an issue with maintaining financial or relationship stability. Abortion is legal in the United States and most of Europe. Yet in most African and South American countries, it…show more content…
One might encourage adoption for the frightened and unsure mother, to avoid abortion and the taking of an innocent life and the giving of the beautiful gift of life to a deserving family. While some women are not ready to be mothers, many are and cannot bear children. Options like adoption provide an opportunity to give up your baby to someone who will treat them with the proper love and care the baby deserves. The “culture of death” philosophy deals with the issue of having rather than needing. Many young women choose abortion because they see it as ‘the easy way out’. After not taking precaution in their actions, they do not face the consequences and put their own life before their unborn child’s. According to statistics, a large percentage of women seek abortion because they are unwilling to sacrifice their careers, education, financial status or relationship to care for a child and simply do not feel they are ready to do so. The Catholic Church believes that human life is be sacred and for someone to take a creation of God and essentially destroy it is selfish and wrong. It emphasizes its duty to ‘defend the right to life of persons from conception to natural death’, and abortion directly contradicts that prospect. A culture of death perspective would view abortion as ‘having’ to terminate a pregnancy because women are not ready to be

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