Reasons to Legalize Abortion

1129 WordsJul 16, 20185 Pages
Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy so that it does not result in the birth of a child. It is no secret the topic of abortion is widely debated. There are two main sides to this controversy: pro-choice and pro-life. Pro-choice supports the right of women to choose whether or not to go to full term with their pregnancy. Pro-life promotes the protection of the fetus, especially by outlawing abortion by equating it to murder. Yet pro-life advocates don’t take into consideration the emotional and physical damage to a woman who is forced to have a baby she may not want or be able to afford. Even a woman who uses birth control may become pregnant, because there is no birth control method that is perfect. Sometimes pregnancy can even be…show more content…
“Belen is a girl with her entire life ahead of her and she requires protection," Bachelet said. "That being said, the option of abortion, in this case, for rape, seems to be the right solution" (Lopez). The government has refused to allow Belen to seek an abortion, so this child is being forced by her government to give birth to a child. What justice is being served to force this little girl to have her childhood further stripped from her, the first time by her attacker, and now by her government? Belen’s government has denied her basic human right to self-determination. The choice to carry a pregnancy to term should be considered a basic human right which all people deserve.. Abortion is linked to the right to an attainable standard of health, the right to privacy, the right to be free of cruel and degrading treatment and the right to make decisions about one’s reproductive health and life, as protected by international agreements. The 1979 Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), was the first international human-rights treaty to explicitly mention family planning. At the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, 179 governments agreed that free and informed decision making about pregnancy and childbirth is a basic human right. In 1999, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly agreed that, “where abortion is not against the law, health systems should...ensure that such abortion is safe
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