Viewpoint: Morality of abortion should be on a case-by-case scenario

By on October 9, 2013
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There was a time when people trusted doctors so fiercely that they would believe draining blood would cure a fever and needed no great amount of justification. Doctors have always had a sort of supreme power when it comes to decision-making, and rightfully so. Why is it, then, that we now question them so much? Doctors go through intense training so that we can trust them. We have made the system this way because someone has to take charge, or the healthcare system would incorporate everyone’s feelings and issues, and crumple under the confusion. Yet, different scenarios now throw hatred and violence towards these doctors that we supposedly trust?

When it comes to controversial issues surrounding doctors, abortion hits the top of the list. As a female and an admittedly young and foolish girl, I know I want to have a few kids and a happy family, just like most average girls my age. When it comes to abortion, most people automatically have a sort of gut feeling of moral injustice. Call it human instinct, the instinct to prolong the human race, call it compassion, or call it sheer decency. Either way, abortion brings the picture of this happy family to mind and then shatters it. What does it mean when the family is unsure about the birth of the baby, and the people that form this family have not been properly identified? Are we bringing a life into the world in a moral way? Abortion brings all of these questions and more to the table. Though we can all try and take a stance on the morality of abortions, case-by-case scenarios lead us to a lot of grey area on all accounts.

Over a million women have abortions every year. About 85% of women who have an abortion regret it later.  As of right now, there are four doctors in the nation that will perform abortions on women in their third trimester. There are so few doctors, not because of the lack in need of these operations, but because of the terrorism that flanks the abortion doctors, no matter their reasons for choosing such an occupation. After two earlier attempted acts of murder against the owner of an abortion clinic, the owner, Dr. Tiller, was killed in 2009. People are upset that doctors make abortion an option at all. These people have no right to say that a fetus has a greater right to life than someone else. We know that there is guilt on all ends of a situation involving an abortion. But leaving the choice to the physician and the mother is all we can do with a clear conscious.

Imagine hypothetically that a woman and a baby are drowning, and you can only save one of them. People compare abortion to a similar scenario too often. The complications that arise with pregnancy make this hypothetical situation obsolete. Abortion does not always ask us to simply choose between the woman and the baby. Yes, the woman has lived more than the baby, and yes the baby has done no wrong or asked to be born. But at what cost must we maintain the life of the fetus? Shouldn’t cause of pregnancy (such as rape), lifestyle of parents, financial situation, etc. be considered? This is the question that different people draw different lines for, and we must respect rather than constantly criticize everyone’s decisions.

By: Surabhi Rao

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