Abortion represents one of the most controversial topics when it comes to discussing the issues that put a strain on society. The question of whether abortion should be considered murder often divides the community because of the valuable arguments from both sides. The current paper is going to dwell on why abortion should not be convictable as murder and explain the background factors that might affect women during and after pregnancy.
State of the Fetus
The primary reason why abortion should not be considered murder is that the fetus does not necessarily have to be considered a person. Being a mere collection of human cells, a fetus should not be granted the right to live (Miklavcic and Flaman 136). Otherwise, limb amputation cases would be convictable as murders, too. The existence of a multitude of factors represents a virtue that provides the fetus with the right to live, so the moral features of a person possessed by a fetus are questionable enough not to consider abortion murder.
Pregnant Women Rights
On the other hand, there are certain moral rights possessed by pregnant women that should be exercised properly. The right to decide the future and maintain ownership of her body should be essential for every woman (Jozkowski et al. 471). The presence of legal and moral interventions turns abortion into a reasonable solution because the right to life cannot be reversed, especially when abortion could prevent the mother’s death or serious injuries.
The prolonged history of criminalization of abortion and the discernment of women should be discontinued. Discontinuing the “abortion equals murder” outlook is a rational decision that will encourage females to stand their ground and promote the need for additional controls over pregnancy. Without the opportunity to resort to abortion, women can be deemed too vulnerable, especially with a prolonged history of abortion being convictable as murder.
Jozkowski, Kristen N., et al. “Complexity in attitudes toward abortion access: Results from two studies.” Sexuality Research and Social Policy, vol. 15, no. 4, 2018, pp. 464-482.
Miklavcic, John Janez, and Paul Flaman. “Personhood Status of the Human Zygote, Embryo, Fetus.” The Linacre Quarterly, vol. 84, no. 2, 2017, pp. 130-144.