Discussion On Abortion

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The US and UNPA
The U.S continually supports UN programs and there are many national and international debates about the subject. But the relationship between the U.S. government and UNFPA has followed a path similar what is known as the “gag rule” (Guttmacher, (2015); Jones, (2011). The global gag rule (also known as the Mexico City Policy) is a rule that prevents any organization (including UN agencies) receiving U.S. international family planning funds from providing counseling or referrals for abortion or advocating for access to abortion services in their country even with their own money (PIA, (2015); Guttmacher, (2015); Jones, (2011). Though it has political connotations, I say it is a national policy that keeps changing
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funding from going to any organization (as determined by the president) that “supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization” (Jones, (2011); Guttmacher, (2015). U.S. administrations that were against abortion have used the gag rule since then to justify defunding UNFPA (Jones, 2011). When others who have liberal view on abortion came to power, they use the same law to support UNFPA (State, 2009); Bendavid, Avid, & Miller (2011). President Obama resumed supporting UNFPA in 2009 amid outcry from Congress. Obama described UNFPA as the “principal international organization supporting programs that provide access to voluntary family planning and reproductive health services, including information and counseling on a range of safe and affordable contraceptive methods” (State, 2009). Ethically, UNFPA’s mission promotes voluntary reproductive health decisions and can’t be equated with a country’s coercive abortion policies despite arguments that suggests otherwise (Jones, 2011; Guttmacher,…show more content…
Someone might be against abortions on moral grounds but still support the legalization of it, because criminalizing abortion will bring more hard to the mother (Brannigan & Boss (2011). The UN believes that denying access to family planning will hurt women and create a poorer social outcome for the families, women, and girls (PIA, 2005). It is better to provide women with the necessary tools to prevent unwanted pregnancies and abort if necessary in a safe fear-free environment. Legal barriers will lead to denial in access which will lead to unsafe abortions. The United States does not support coercive abortion or forced sterilization. The U.S. has funded and defunded UNFPA from time to time depending on how the administration of the day interprets the gag rule. Regardless of the moral status of the fetus, my moderate view is that abortion might be morally wrong, but making it illegal will create more harm to society, especially to women. My perspective is therefore a utilitarian moral
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