Abortion arouses strong feelings on both sides of the debate. There are those who believe it is always wrong. Those who believe it is a woman’s right to choose (it is her body). And those who accept it under certain circumstances, e.g., if the woman is pregnant as a result of being raped
At the heart of the debate are different opinions as to when the foetus becomes a ‘human’ – from the moment of conception or at a later stage of development ?
My own view is that life begins when brain waves from the cortex are detected (around 26 – 27 weeks)
Having said that,
if I should be unfortunate to find myself pregnant with an unwanted baby, I don’t think I would have the strength of will to abort it. Though if I was pregnant as the result of rape, I would probably have to give the child up for adoption since I can’t imagine being able to love a child if every time I looked at it I was reminded of the brutal circumstances in which it was conceived
While I personally would find it difficult to have an abortion, I would not condemn another woman for doing so. We each must make our own choices, in line with our beliefs, and live with the consequences of that decision – no matter how painful it may be. It is important, however, that the ability to make that choice is open to us. It is our bodies, after all. Our freedom of action should not be curtailed by men, no matter how well-intentioned they may be. We are not children. We are adults and should be allowed to control what happens/is done to our bodies
(This is a complex subject and one which I may return to in a future post when I have time to cover it in more detail)