Abortion – To Ban or Not to Ban?

“The irrationality of disgust suggests it is unreliable as a source of moral insight. There may be good arguments against gay marriage, partial-birth abortions and human cloning, but the fact that some people find such acts to be disgusting should carry no weight. – Paul Bloom”

These days there is a new topic of discussion I see doing the rounds – Abortion.

I see articles after articles & so many heated arguments regarding this. It saddens my heart when I see people arguing and throwing around words – sluts, murderers & child killers around.

The main issue here is that people try to look at this from two different angles, one is if it is morally right or wrong & another that banning it takes away basic women rights.

But these arguments make no sense! It doesn’t lead anywhere because people who believe that abortion is killing babies, they are never going to see it from the perspective of the person who thinks it isn’t (and vice versa).

Now I ask you to relate this issue to another one that has been doing rounds for years now – LGBTQ relationships. In this issue, too, we see people who advocate basic human rights & people who vehemently disagree that such relationships should even exist.

The whole point of mentioning this is that no matter whether we agree or disagree, banning a relationship or banning abortion isn’t going to stop people from doing it. Banning it would only increase the risks of deaths among children & women. Banning it would lead to various dangerous back alley procedures & a myriad of other problems.*

Banning isn’t a solution to any issue like this.

This was the case years ago when abortion & usage of birth control methods were punishable by death but this lead to a whole host of other problems as mentioned earlier; risks of deaths & botched illegal procedures.

The whole reason we have an option of abortion is so that parents who cannot afford to take care of a disabled child, they have an option of not doing so. Not every city in the world is equipped with support for the disabled.

At the same time, parents who don’t see children in their future, should not be forced to have a child for the sake of it. Can you imagine the increase in child abuse, the number of orphaned children, & a whole set of children with mental health issues because of unloving parents?

What about women who are raped, why should they have to carry a child that they didn’t plan to have, they never asked for any of it.

While there are options that would decrease abortion such as condoms & birth control pills but ‘not wanting to have babies’ aren’t the only reasons one would want to get an abortion.

All I would say is this – Try not to look at this issue from a moral angle or a feminist one. The only thing that should matter is that a person (in this case, women) should always have a choice.

It may not be right or the best option available, but it doesn’t mean the choice should be taken away from them.

*  An article that discusses the risks of banning abortions ->  http://www.businessinsider.com/anti-abortion-womens-health-effects-2016-7