Abortion: Social Justice Essay

1162 Words Feb 20th, 2011 5 Pages
Abortion is defined as the termination of a pregnancy by the removal or expulsion from the uterus of a fetus or embryo, resulting in its death. About 42 million abortions are performed worldwide each year, and an astounding 20 million of them occurring unsafely. These unsafe abortions result in 70,000 deaths and 5 million disabilities a year. Most abortions are performed in the first twelve weeks using the ‘vacuum’ method. The majority of women that choose abortion do so because they are not ready for motherhood, are concerned with their careers or education, or have an issue with maintaining financial or relationship stability. Abortion is legal in the United States and most of Europe. Yet in most African and South American countries, it …show more content…
This viewpoint emphasizes how a life is sacred from the moment of its conception. One of the most important values is the respect and importance of human life, and abortion directly violates this notion. The Catholic Church has been persistent in its drafting of letters clearly stating its pro-life position and is very involved in the opposition of legalization of abortion whenever the issue is raised. Many dioceses have established programs to reach out to women debating their options and provide assistance to allow them to make the best choice possible for themselves and the baby. The “culture of life” is a philosophy that consists of all the stages of human life, beginning with conception and ending with natural death. All experiences are inherently precious and include the special care to vulnerable members of society. According to the Catholic teachings, abortion is a crime against God’s creation and divine rights. The “culture of life” reflects on how human life is not only sacred but deserves respect and dignity. Not only does the culture of life provide opportunities for sacred human life, but also looks towards recognizing the innocent and vulnerable, and Catholics are called to advocate for and protect the rights of these people or unborn babies. This relates to abortion because it is our responsibility to protect human life, especially for those who cannot speak up for

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