A fascinating fact is that about ‘50% of all pregnancies occurring in Australia are unplanned'[Children by Choice, 2013]. And ‘almost half of all unplanned pregnancies in Australia end in abortion'[Children by Choice, 2013]. Women seek for abortion for reasons such as failure to birth control, to avoid the birth of a child with medical issue and un-wanted pregnancy due to rape or incest.
The debate of ‘Abortion’ is likely to be a unresolvable conflict of rights. I’m a woman myself and I do believe abortion is every woman’s right and it is a decision, which she alone can make. No woman should be forced either to have a child or to terminate a pregnancy against her will. Rape is undeniably a unforgivable crime against women. However even in a despicable case like this, to abort an unborn child, like rape, is a pernicious act. ‘To terminate the unborn child impregnated by rape is to respond to violence against one innocent victim (the woman) with violence against another victim (the unborn child)’[Cherish life, 2014]. Furthermore, a reason for abortion due to disability implies that disabled people are less worthy than the lives of the ‘standard’ people, which is untrue.
A week after the conception, a tiny human is implanted onto the mother’s uterus. Its only 18 days later that the ‘heart begins to beat’ [FCWS, 2015]. Within a month, ‘eyes, ears and respiratory system begin to form’[FCWS, 2015]. Shortly after that, ‘brain waves are detected and are able to suck their thumb, squint, swallow and make a fist’[FCWS, 2015]. Others may say embryos and foetuses are underdeveloped to be morally insignificant. It’s hard to pinpoint as to when life begins, however, factual fact given, humans can only give birth to human children thus a ‘fetus’ at any stage of development is a human child. By stating that embryos and foetuses are underdeveloped to be seen as a human is equivalent in saying that a newborn’s life is less in value than a 5-year-old child’s life as the newborn is less-of-a human than a 5-year-old.
Other than the unavoidable circumstances like rape or birth defect, usually, unwanted pregnancies can be prevented. There are various methods as to prevent pregnancies such as the birth control pill/patches/shots, birth control implants/vaginal rings/sponge and condoms. The individuality use of the birth control tools(99% effective when used properly) and condom may prevent pregnancy but if you want the most effective, fool proof protection, its best to use dual protection: to use two methods instead of one.
Your body, your choice but let’s consider the right of children to be born.
-David C. Reardon PhD(2016),’Rape, Incest, and Abortion: Searching beyond the Myths’, Abortion Facts, Extracted 28/4/2016:
-Cherish Life Queensland(2014), ‘Is abortion okay in the case of rape and incest?’ Extracted 1/5/2016:
-BBC UK(2014), ‘Disability in the foetus’, Ethics Guide, Extracted 3/5/2016:
-Children by Choice (November 2013), ‘Fact Sheet: Unplanned Pregnancy in Australia’,
-FCWS: First Coast Women’s Services (2015), ‘Fetal Development and Abortion’,
-Abort73.com(2014}, ‘Prenatal Development’, Extracted: 3/5/2016
-Family planning NSW, ‘Contraception Choices’, Extracted: 6/5/2016