By JOHN MARTIN
When it comes to abortion, women should have the right to choose whether or not they want the procedure. I believe it is a human right for any person, male or female, to be able to make decisions regarding their body because it is theirs. I see an abortion to be like any other medical treatment in the world. If a patient wants to undergo the procedure, then they have the right to.
However, there should a cutoff date – a number of days or months left until the due date where an abortion is no longer an option. This cutoff would be implemented unless the mother’s life was in harm’s way by having the child; in that case, the mother should come first.
On Jan. 22, 1973, The United States Supreme Court confirmed that a woman has the right to have an abortion under the Fourteenth amendment to the Constitution. Since this historic court case, there has been a consistent back and forth between supporters of the pro-choice mentality and those who are pro-life. There are a lot of factors that form and cross each side of the aisle; however, in the 44 years since the court case, the debate is still at the forefront of the political battle.
The views and opinions of those who have chosen the pro-life stance are not to be diminished. They have rooted their freedom of religion and speech to form this opinion. I understand that many people see this as ending a life, taking the timing of an abortion into account.
As I mentioned before, I do believe in certain limitations, but these limitations are rooted within a timetable and carry exemptions too. Religion plays a major part in this group’s opinions, which is natural because one’s religious beliefs are a part of them. It can also be hard to separate these religious views with their political stance.
I understand that some people hold strong views when it comes to their religion. However, our constitution sets up the separation of church and state. Therefore, no religious view should influence a law. Also, if a supporter of the pro-life movement does not want to get an abortion then they don’t have to. It is a choice, not a requirement. I do believe that during the later stages of a woman’s final term abortion should not be an option unless the woman’s life is in danger.
The BBC ethics guide states that the argument of when a fetus obtains human rights changes depending on what perspective you look on, but science and the medical industry do not have a concrete day for this. They say that the Church believes that it is from the moment of conception; however, this presents a conflict with the United States Constitution. So, the argument is not able to hold its ground because it is being seen through a religious context.
Overall, I believe it is anyone’s choice. Abortion is just a common medical procedure that one can go through. While I do believe there should be limitations, it does not affect my opinion of the procedure as a whole. It should be an option for every woman.