Abortion Should Be The Last Resort Not An Easy Way Out

I am to a certain degree pro-choice. I believe that there are certain very extreme cases in which abortion should be considered as an option i.e. rape, and when extremely young teenagers (I'm talking just hit puberty - 11 years old) get pregnant. Abortion should not I believe be a life-style choice.

We live in a society which not longer believes in holding a person to their actions, if you choose to have sex the possible consequence is pregnancy, if you are not prepared for this then you should not be having sex. period. I understand that contraception can fail however the pill is 99% effective and condoms 98% which leaves a very small margin for failure (provided they are used correctly). The amount of abortions carried out in the USA and the UK cannot logically be attributed to contraception failure alone. About 98% of abortions in the United States are elective, including socio-economic reasons or for birth control. According to the 2010 report from the Department of Health 98% of abortions falll into the group C category:

'the pregnancy has not exceeded its twenty-fourth week and that the continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk, greater than if the pregnancy were terminated of injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman.'

So of 189, 574 abortions carried out in the UK in 2010 185,291 were because giving birth to the child would cause injury to the physical and mental health of the woman.

So in summary it would seem the majority of women in the UK and U.S. are having abortions as a form of birth control, or for social and economic factors or because it may affect their mental or physical health. Does that all not point towards a self centred, unconsequential society that will surely go on to other forms of eugenics such as euthenasia for 'grandpa because economically we cannot pay for his care anymore which is having an impact on our social standing'.

Who are we to say who lives and who dies.
dansmith777 dansmith777
22-25, M
2 Responses Jul 18, 2012

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i completely agree that abortion shouldn't be used as birth control. i know a 26 year old woman that is about to have her second abortion in a year. in this day and age it amazes me some women seem to know nothing about birth control or don't use it for whatever reason knowing full well what the consequences can be *shakes head*

Yes indeed!!! I think there should definitely be better education available but I also think that a record should be kept of the number of abortions each user has had and sanctions should be put in place to stop people abusing this service over and over again. Whether people think a fetus is human or not it cannot be disputed that it is a living thing, being able to destroy a living organism countless times because of downright laziness and lack of self education is criminal in my mind.

i agree with you and i just can't understand how an otherwise bright, educated young lady can be so blase about birth control. she already has one child so it's not like she doesn't know how babies are made. jeez!