Is Abortion Taboo or a Human Right?
nually for various reasons, the question of whether abortion should be legal or not has become synonymous with ‘taboo’ and ‘dishonorable’ in many parts of the world.
One meaningful issue with abortion is the fact that it ties into religious and ethical questions that often encompass profound arguments in regards to human relation to faith and God. Abortion is often looked at through a single lens but the coin is two sided, you either are against abortion or you learn to accept that sometimes it can be a durable solution. I can understand that in some societies abortion can be a sensitive topic, but my divergent opinion does not overlook the fact that in some cases such as rape, abuse, economical containment and illness abortion is really a pivotal option to have.
The discussion of abortion in USA remains a controversial and underrated part of politics in states such as Mississippi. Believe it or not the state of Mississippi, which is home to nearly three million people, has only one abortion clinic avail- able in Jackson. The republican governor of Mississippi Phil Bryant, has according to various media outlets expressed that he would shut down the only abortion clinic in the state if he was admitted by law and declare Mississippi ‘abortion-free’. This just goes to illustrate the diverse views on abortion within USA regarding abortion.
Putting the puzzle pieces and reality together shows that abortion, whether taboo or a sin, legal or illegal is largely widespread. The number of abortions in Iraq and Southern Kurdistan is proving difficult to track because there are no official statistics available documenting the number of abortions that have been operated.
On a realistic perspective, or rather the perspective that I believe is realistic, abortion should be seen as a right rather than a crime. In many countries such as Norway and Sweden abortion is allowed, but there are reasonable restrictions which is applied to the procedure. For instance abortion can only take place up to 12 weeks. Between 12-18 weeks however, the committee established to investigate cases that seek abortion must be asked to overlook the case.
Many women have a rightful and valid reason to undergo abortion. These include victims of rape, and abuse, as well as those without economical means. Women still continue to face emotional difficulties even after abortion, consequently legalizing abortion could help them from feeling ashamed, and having to live with ‘life-long’ secrets.
Furthermore, legalizing abortion can help women seek extended professional and supervised health assistance, thus prevent serious health issues that can potentially constrain a woman from living a normal life. Lets not overlook the many instances where women are forced into carrying a child to birth and then are forced to abandon the baby in front of mosques and public places. These have inevitably long term consequences not only for the child or the mother but also for the society as a whole.