There is a key point which is constantly lost in translation when discussing a woman’s right to decide whether or not she wants to carry a pregnancy to term or not. This key point is the right to choose.
Abortion is much less about terminating a “potential life” and much more about a woman’s bodily autonomy. While pro-lifers make a constant point of upholding the rights of what they call a “baby”, I find it to be a social injustice against woman to deny them their rights to choose. Making the practice of abortion legal is not a flaw in a nation’s morality but a reinforcement of equal human rights, rights which no embryo or fetus have due to the fact that, well…they’re a multicellular diploid eukaryote, not a person.
While many people, both for and against abortion, are quick to discuss the reasons for why a woman would decide to have an abortion, I find it to be an unnecessary topic. There a million and one reasons to why a woman would choose to have an abortion, none of which are of society’s concern. While it’s true that rape victims only constitute 1% of all abortions it is vital that this choice be available to them. Now, it is common to hear support on this matter, however, making a policy which states that only rape victims be allowed to abort creates a problematic situation. A rape victim is in enough distressed as it is, they do not need to be placed through regulations that force them to proof the injustice committed against them. Many other factors might then come into play in these regulations such as victim blaming, rape culture, and slut shaming.
Now, 12% of woman report health problems as a reasons for having an abortion, this summing up into 13% of all abortions being performed for “socially acceptable” reasons. However, the reasons should not be a topic of discussion, much less a determining factor when passing laws in favor of a woman’s right to choose.
Uninformed individuals will make the claim that abortion is unsafe and unsanitary when this is not the case at all. Because it is a legalized procedure it is performed by health professionals, were we to pass laws against its practice we would be forcing woman to go back to the days of botch abortions and unsanitary practice. As a society it is our moral responsibility to respect the rights of all existing individuals, therefore, opposing the legal practice of abortion is an injustice committed against our fellow peers.
One’s personal stance should not hinder the legal human rights of another.