Ever heard the saying “there are two sides of every coin”? As it turns out that reigns true for pretty much every issue on planet Earth, including political issues such as abortion, which will be the focus of this article. If you’ve read my article on the death penalty, and enjoyed the perspective I gave, this one will be very similar. As far as most people are concerned on this sensitive topic, there are only two ways of looking at it: abortion is a human murder, or abortion is a human right. In this post, I’ll be looking closely at the pros and cons of each of these popular standpoints, and will be proposing just two of several hundred different compromises on the issue for you to consider in the future.
G’ Day mates! I’m Cameron Levengood, and the goal of this post is to open your mind for entertaining some new ideas on a controversial topic that the majority of people think there’s only one way of looking at. You have your own ideas, and I have mine, but let’s take a look at both sides of this coin together, and see what we can learn. (Please note: this article doesn’t necessarily represent my personal opinion on the subject, but some of the opinions of society as a whole.)
Let’s take a look at side number one: the progressive opinion on the issue, which is of course, abortion being a choice that every woman should have the freedom to make. On one hand, this gives more power to the people by letting them choose whether or not they want go forward with having a child or not, which some see as empowering. Is it better to have a child and not care for it, or just not have the child? It might not be the most humane option, but many argue that killing a baby before its born is a better trade off to having a child born into parents who don’t have the time and/or money to raise a kid properly. Some blame the education system of their respective countries for improper sex education courses, which could lead to early pregnancies in girls who don’t have the capacity to raise a child. After all, why should one mistake hold back someone from achieving success? It’s not for everyone, of course. Many women would never go through with doing so: they couldn’t even imagine going through such a process. However, don’t most countries owe it to the populace to give them the option?
On the other hand, isn’t abortion still robbing unborn people from getting to be successful? Why should they suffer because two people just had to do it? Who is the voice of the unborn? If a big country like the US wants to empower its citizens, isn’t giving people the option to legally kill each other going against that?
Side number two tries to answer some of these questions and more, the conservative opinion: abortion is a crime against humanity, in more ways than one. On one hand, this opinion helps to defend the little guy… the very little, unborn boys and girls. What’s a newly fertilized zygote to do? When you consider the number of “famous” people there are in the world, after doing some math with the number of abortions performed per year, it can be assumed that the practice has the potential to kill upwards of 66 people per year who will achieve some sort of large scale recognition in their lifetime. This can of course range from a random guy who started a local chain of hotdog shops in Seattle, or a random guy whose unique approach to medical science could lead to a cure for Alzheimer’s. The point is, one of the main reasons people are oppose to abortion, not necessarily because they want to tell woman what they can and can’t do with their bodies, but because there’s another person inside of them who has been given a chance at life, either by a miracle of God, or by a miracle of human biology. After all, why should some rich celebrity get to abort their child because they’re too lazy or privileged to deal with a kid?
On the other hand, who’s to say that the majority of abortions aren’t happening to people who don’t have the luxury of having a child? Who’s to say that raising a child wouldn’t destroy someone else’s life in the process? What of the voiceless girls and women forced into early parenthood, whether by old traditions, rape or otherwise? Shouldn’t the already living person get to decide?
As you can see, the reason this issue is so prevalent is because it could keep going round and around for a long time. You can try to keep flipping the coin to come up with an answer, but there will always be negative factors at play by doing so. Are there some potential compromises that could be reached to minimize some of these bad parts of each deal?
One way to minimize the human casualties while still giving younger and/or worse off girls a chance at life would be for the government to invest some more money into more adoption and foster care programs. Instead of killing a baby outright, you could send them off to a care program supported by the government for a few years until the mother (or parent in general) can get some more order back into her life. When the child turns four of five, she can head back to the original mother for care, since she’ll most likely be out of school, and have a steady job already set up for the child’s arrival.
Another way to look at it would be to put some limits on the abortion clinics that can help to ensure as few unnecessary operations are performed as possible. The government in question could set certain limits on who can have an abortion preformed on themselves, if necessary. Income, education, marital status, and age are all factors that could be used to help determine if a woman is capable enough to raise a child, whether she wants to or not. That way those who absolutely need it done can still get it done, but when it’s not needed, it can’t lawfully be performed.
Are there problems with these ideas? Yes, of course. One would cost a lot of money, and the other would limit the freedoms of its citizens, but there just two alternate ways of approaching the problem. I’m not personally in favor of the operation being performed so regularly, but it’s exercises like this that help open up new windows without having to shut any doors, even if we never find the right solution.
Thanks for reading everyone! If you liked the article, disliked it, or have something to say, make sure you let me know! Remember, my goal wasn’t to offend or attack anyone, just to throw around some ideas and keep the door open to better solutions. If you liked, you can leave comment down below using your Facebook count, or you can use other social media to spread the word. If you didn’t like, you can still comment to let me know (I might even be able to fix it), but once again, thanks for reading. Don’t touch that dial, because thee are still many article coming out this week!
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