Recently I noticed that a few of my Christian friends had put pictures of babies on their Facebook profiles, with the caption ‘Both Lives Matter’. The implication being, of course, that to have an abortion was on par with killing your child.
What was the deal with all this? As it turns out, an act to legislate abortion, was being passed through parliament. This would allow women to have an abortion without restrictions, if they weren’t more than 20 weeks pregnant. After 20 weeks, they can still get an abortion, but only if the health professional reasonably believes it is appropriate. Before that, women had to jump through lots of legal loopholes in order to do one. If it wasn’t for the Covid-19 pandemic right now, this would have generated a lot more news. Anyways, the act got passed so is now law.
Abortion issues and my thoughts on it.
Right off the bat I will say this: I don’t think abortion is a good thing. To be honest, I don’t know anyone who does. But there is a HUGE difference between saying that, and whether a woman should be able to have one.
Most people opposed to abortion tend to believe along these lines:
- Abortion is the equivalent of killing a baby, and thus denying them the chance of a life.
- Abortion is a risky health procedure and can have severe physical and psychological health consequences for the person.
Is abortion really equivalent to murder?
Let’s look at the first one. Here they are assuming that at all stages of pregnancy, they are harboring an unborn child. Really? Does that mean that an embryo or sperm are considered as people? Most guys must be mass murderers then. I’m no expert on pregnancy, so I’m not going to assume I know when the ‘unborn child’ is determined to be a ‘person’. But there is definitely a huge difference between having an abortion at one week, compared to, say, 30 weeks. Most countries that permit abortion have a cutoff period anyway.
As for denying them the chance to life, there are certain situations where having an abortion might be preferable, such as:
- The woman was raped and/or doesn’t have the means to support this child should they go ahead with pregnancy.
- The child would be brought up in a nasty environment with no care.
- Not having an abortion would be an extreme health risk for the woman.
I am sure you could think of others. Again, I’m not saying abortion is a good thing, but that there are certain situations where it is preferable to do so, than not.
Abortion health risks.
When carried out by a medical health professional, abortion is actually quite safe. In fact, it is much safer than giving birth. You know what isn’t safe? Performing an abortion by an unlicensed person because it’s illegal in your country. There is a lot of political debate around mental health and abortion. Several studies with a high quality of evidence have shown that abortion has no greater mental health risks to the woman, than if they went ahead and carried out their unintended pregnancy.
My overall thoughts.
Nobody really wants an abortion, but there are certain situations where an abortion should probably be considered. As a male, it is not up to me though, it should be up to the woman. They are not committing murder when doing so. Therefore, I think that this recent abortion legislation is good for us, because it removed roadblocks making it harder for women to get them. I am unsure about abortions after 20 weeks though, since it doesn’t seem to clarify what is classified as ‘reasonable’. But I’m not an expert on that and it’s not up to me anyway. I assume it comes down to a bit of ‘personal judgement’ from the health professional.
Cover Image Source: New Zealand Herald.