Who should have the right to decide on an abortion?
The religious body?
Nobody – it should be illegal?
The case against abortion.
a. By 12 weeks the foetus is nearly fully formed with all organs in a rudimentary form – a heart, lungs, brain, eyes, ears, limbs, fingers. It can even move. But it is tiny – about the size of a lime. But it very much like a small baby even if it cannot live outside the uterus.
b. The foetus is alive
c. Only god has the right to end life.
d. Having an abortion has a lasting psychological effect on the mother, family and father.
e. The foetus has rights.
f. Some foetuses in late abortions live for a while outside the uterus.
g. It is distressing for medical staff to perform abortions.
h. The father has rights.
I. Women can be pressured into having abortions when they don’t want one.
l. Abortion is immoral.
m. Unwanted babies can be given up for adoption.
The case for abortion
a. the foetus is not able to think or feel.
b. The foetus is growing inside the mother’s body and she has the right to decide what to do with her own body.
c. Desperate women resort to desperate measures – backstreet abortions carried out by amateurs or self-induced abortions – and endanger their lives or health.
d. Every child should be a wanted child.
e. Children born into families that can’t or won’t care for them properly are severely disadvantaged.
f. Pregnancy and birth endangers the mothers life and health.
g. Pregnancy can ruin a mother’s career or relationships.
h. Some foetuses have inherent genetic problems or major health problems.
I. Financial, social or domestic situations might preclude having a baby or another baby. The mother’s health or mental health may be at risk.
l. Morality is a personal issue. The mother decides her morality not the state.
m. There are more than enough babies in the world. We need to reduce populations.
a. Abortion should be illegal.
b. Abortion should be available in certain circumstances – rape or danger to mother’s life or if the baby is severely handicapped.
c. Abortion should be freely available for all. It is the mother’s choice.
d. Abortion should be available if mother and father agree to it.
e. The state should decide case by case.
I think that it is the woman’s right to decide what to do with her body.
I do not think that abortion should be decided lightly. I think women contemplating abortion should receive counselling and reasons for her decision looked into. It should be a well thought through decision and is a very serious one.
I think that contraception is the way of controlling fertility. Women and men should take responsibility for their actions.
I think the morning after pill should be freely available to cover for accidents.
I don’t think the church or state have any rights whatsoever. Religion is a personal choice and the state should follow the will of the people.
I do not think the foetus is developed enough to have rights.
I would hope the foetus would be considered in the decision and father and family consulted before the decision is made.
I think the abortion should take place as early as possible.
I think counselling should be available for the mother.
I do not think it is the role of the state to interfere with the morality of the mother.
I think abortions should automatically be offered if there is concern for the mother’s health or the baby is handicapped.
I do not believe that many people ever opt for abortion without thoroughly considering it. They should not be harassed.