A question about abortion- for my essay?





Im writing an essay about abortion, and i took a survey. One question was 'Do you support women's right to decide to have an abortion?' 100% of the males agreed and said they support womens right. But only 60% of females agreed. My question now is- Why would women not support women's right to decide to have an abortion?



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10 Responses to “A question about abortion- for my essay?”

  1. liquefy says:

    Short answer – it is still the taking of a human life (that, and men are the ones that have to financially support a child, which causes a real drag on their lifestyle).Long answer – I have thought about this quite a bit over the years. The wide spread of opinions is incredible, matched only by the passion of the activists on all sides. This is an issue that few people are even able to have a civilized discussion about. Complicating it further is that there are few that hold a black-and-white few of the issue. The majority of people in the US see abortion as a giant grey area with varying degrees of abortion considered acceptable. Very few people hold the position of unlimited abortion access or no abortion under any circumstances. Below is the process I went through to come up with my position on the matter.First, I asked myself the question at what point does a human being obtain “personhood” and as such gain all the legal and moral protections that status entitles them to? There are some who say that the point of personhood is 28 days AFTER birth, at which point you still should be allowed to abort. In fact, there is a professor of ethics at Princeton University that actively advocates this position. This is the position that spurred “Born Alive” legislation that says if a woman has an abortion and the baby survives, that doctors cannot withhold care and let the baby die on the operating table. Others say up to the point of birth. These folks, such as Barak Obama, would hold that this type of infanticide as well as partial birth abortion is a reasonable procedure. Or perhaps just before while the mother is in labor. Or 6 months of gestation or 3 months or three weeks. I wrestled with this for a long time.Then I looked at the issue a different way. Does human life have an imputed value or an intrinsic one? If we say that it is imputed, meaning the value is derived from something else, some outside criteria, then any one of the above positions would be equally valid. We as a society would decide what criteria to select. My problem with this is what criteria do you use? On what basis is a baby at 6 weeks more valuable than a baby at 5 weeks? Is a baby that has not yet developed a heart still a baby? This hit really hard on my wife and I when we lost one of our children. Lynne had a miscarriage a few years ago. When people with strong pro-choice sentiments gave us their condolences, they referred to the fetus as a child, even though she (we named her Grace, even though we do not know for sure if she was a she or a he. It made it easier to explain to the children what happened and easier for Lynne and I to grieve our loss) was at the same gestational point, 9 weeks, that they believed abortion was merely removing some unwanted tissue of the mother. So, the criteria used is whether or not a child is wanted. If that is so, then why? By similar logic, if the value of human life is imputed, it can also be taken away, depending on what some person or group of persons believe that life is worth. So if you happen to be mentally retarded or black or Jewish, it would be perfectly reasonable for you to be killed off for the good of the community if they believe it. I have a friend who is paralyzed from the neck down. There are some in the world who would look at her and say that she has no quality of life or that the money and effort to support her would be better used on others. They would have her die due to her handicap. But knowing her the way I do I find the notion that she is without a quality of life to be ridiculous on its face. She is a writer, a painter, a social worker, and heads up an international charity. I’d call that a pretty good quality of life. So would her husband who married her years after her accident put her in the wheelchair. Thus, the imputed value logic is shown to me to be completely arbitrary. Following any of the “prior to this point it is not human but at this one on it is” positions is likewise arbitrary and does not answer the question of personhood.But consider the proposition that human life has an intrinsic value. That it is valuable simply because it is human life and no other reason. No measure or quantification of the value of it, it is and that is enough. It is sort of like gold. Gold is valuable because it is gold, not because we as a society stood up one day and said, “we are going to make gold valuable”. Gold has an intrinsic value as opposed to an imputed value, such as paper currency. Paper currency is worthless in and of itself. It has value only because we say it has a certain value.This position then would support a clear line between human life and not human life. With this position, you are a human at the point that you have a unique genetic code. In other words, at inception. Prior to inception, there was no “you”. The male and female reproductive components in and of themselves are not a unique genetic code, but merely parts of the donors. It is only when they combine to create new life do “you” begin to be a person.The notion of intrinsic value also carries forward throughout life. My mother-in-law was on dialysis for several months before diabetes finally took her life. There are many who would have said that she should just die and not burden the rest of us. If those persons held the position that human life has imputed value, I can understand. I however, believe that human life is intrinsically valuable and worth preserving and protecting for as long as possible. Thus, we should protect life at the beginning and at the end and at all points in between.So, we come full circle back to the question of abortion. Should it be outlawed? My answer, since I believe in the intrinsic value of human life, is that for the most part it should. Why only “for the most part”? Because there are times when you have to weigh the life of two humans and pick one to live and one to die. My sister-in-law faced such a problem once. She got pregnant from her husband and it turned out to be a tubal pregnancy. Had the child been allowed to grow inside of her, it would have killed her before the baby would have been able to survive on its own. Thus, in weighing these two lives, one would have to conclude that the baby would have to die in order to save the mother’s life. What about cases of rape or incest? I have 5 daughters (yes, that was no typo) and the thought of one of them being raped is always lurking in the back of my mind. If one of them should get pregnant as a result, the hard decision would be to let that child live. Pregnancy is not the extremely dangerous event of the past. Rarely do people die from giving birth. Many more die as a result of complications after an abortion. But the bottom line is that the child is innocent of any crime, so why punish it? I’m not saying it is an easy choice and I can certainly sympathize with those who have had to make it. Perhaps they even made the wrong choice. But, God is a loving and forgiving God, who can even forgive the taking of a human life. Which is what abortion is.

  2. filite says:

    Because no human being should be gaven that right to make…. They are giving a right to buy condoms, birth control, and getting their tubes tied. Their is enough products in the world to prevent things like this from happening.. I think that it is totally wrong for anyone to get an abortion. The united states is at a record high for people being on welfare. And people on welfare can get free health care that pay for their prescriptions to prevent pregnancy if it is not wanted… And if your not on welfare than you make enough money to be able to buy something. A pack of condoms is only a few dollars. And if you still cant afford them, Then sex is not a necessity, a requirement for the body to survive…. Abstinence? So no i dont think that woman should have that right, Unless their are certain circumstances that in such affect the mom or baby, or such as rape. But their are thousands of woman out their that would give anything to have a baby and since they cant they are adopting(being so their are still thousands of babies that are in shelters without a mommy or daddy cause theirs to many useless woman conceiving when they shouldn’t be “So all you ladies out their Wrap it up or shut your legs”

  3. ectasis says:

    Because they are taking a human’s life. The only time I find it an option is when the mother’s life is at risk.

  4. braggery says:

    This is because although the one voting may have no intention of getting an abortion. However they do not support giving a choice to some girls who are unable to make an informed decision or they believe they do not deserve the right to kill a child. Which I understand, it is not the baby’s fault you are irresponsible enough to become pregnant in the first place.

  5. hawling says:

    The sample size for your survey was likely far too small (hence the pronounced gender disparity AND the 100% finding for men). It is very unlikely that your survey is representative of the population as a whole.An additional reason for the disparity you DID find, is that men do not carry children and feel them LIVING in their own bodies (hence it is easier for them to take a pro-abort stance). Some men also feel societal pressure to advocate the pro-abort position, but actually feel differently.Some women who responded to your survey could have been mothers who have actually felt LIFE in their wombs, and therefore are reluctant to say that they are in favor of killing a pre-born infant.~M~

  6. chieftainship says:

    Some women feel that abortion is wrong because they feel it is murder.

  7. unilingual says:

    Some women have never been put in the position to have to decide.

  8. pryingly says:

    Because most are thinking about the life of the baby. Besides women have the right. They can choose whether or not to be sexually active. They can also choose any form of birth control they want. They have plenty of options prior to pregnancy but they choose not to access them. And men just say that because they think that is what the girl wants them to say. I believe in a womans right to make decisions about their own body but I don’t agree with them making decisions when it is to late or without the right information. Besides the baby is not that attached to the mother it is just using her body to grow.

  9. Orpheus says:

    Who gives that innocent Life a chance to have a say?

  10. unfond says:

    it is murder.