Abortion Is A Necessary Evil Essay

2025 Words 8 Pages
Abortion: A Necessary Evil
I sat down and cried the day it happened. A flash of emotions started streaming through my head, but somehow I felt my head nodding along. If ever a person could survive on auto-pilot I was succeeding now. I knew I should be paying attention, but I couldn’t get past how the nurse carried on as if everything were routine. I don’t know why I expected something more ceremonious, but I had. Did they not understand what was happening today? I was making the decision to damn my eternal soul to hell, and they couldn’t even acknowledge it.
I was 23 at the time. My husband was unreachable; being a Marine seemed to take him away at the most critical times. I suffer from Super Ventricular Tachycardia-SVT- where my heart rate
…show more content…
A wide array of opinions exist on the taboo subject but most can be molded into two groups: Pro-Life and Pro-Choice. Pro-Life if the title given to those who believe that a fetus is a human being from the moment of conception and should be granted to the same rights as any other human. Those who oppose abortion, and favor the life of the child, regard the procedure as murder. On the opposite end of the debate are those who support a women’s right to decide if she wants to continue on with the pregnancy, Pro-Choice. Many who support the Pro-Choice argument believe that it is a woman’s body who supports the embryo, fetus, and finally the child and it should be her choice to go through with the pregnancy. Regardless of what camp you fall into most people can agree that abortion is ugly. What about the grey area? The grey area are situations in which exceptions will be granted to the rule that abortion is bad. Even those in the Pro-Life camp can concede to the need for an abortion in certain extreme situations. The exception is generally made for victims of rape and incest or situations where the mother’s life is at risk and her body cannot maintain the pregnancy. Many, Catholics especially, consider this the double effect. The abortion was not the main act, rather an unfortunate side effect to saving the mother’s life, and they will excuse the otherwise sin (Rosenstand 665-673). It is understood that in …show more content…
Abortion is the perfect example of a false dichotomy: you do not have to hate life to support abortion. Women’s rights activist and author of the book, The Ambivalence of Abortion, Linda Francke expresses the truly heartbreaking reality of terminating a pregnancy during her own abortion experience, “any woman who has had children knows that certain feeling in her taut, swollen breasts, and the slight but constant ache in her uterus [that] signals the arrival of life. Though I would march myself into blisters for a woman’s right to exercise the option of motherhood, I discovered there in the waiting room that I was not the modern woman I thought I was (Francke).” Francke is not the only woman who understands the necessity of this evil, but also the devastating reality of the option. Presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, expresses her understand of the moral dilemma calling abortion a “tragic choice (Brant 44-45).” Despite it being a gut wrenching choice, the undeniable fact is that for some woman abortion is the only option, and once the exception is made for some the option must be granted to

Related Documents