Abortion is a controversial topic of the highest order, when it comes to moral implications of policy setting. Child birth is a subject that is dear to all of our hearts because we are all a direct result thereof. The topic of abortion is one that is particularly conflicting to my personal views as a Christian man, who also believes in the right to freedom. Abortion is terrible in so many ways. One, I believe that it is murder, as it constitutes the killing of an entity, that would have otherwise developed into a human. Two, I believe that it is an easy escape for many who refrain from taking the necessary steps in contraception to prevent a situation which they are not ready for (I say many and not all, because there are some few situations where women are raped…which we will touch on later). Lastly, and arguably most importantly, abortion prevents what could have been a beautiful creation from taking place. Had our parents chosen to abort us, none of us would be here today; and look how wonderful we turned out?
On the other hand, to proceed with an abortion is a choice that one should have. First, it is, I believe, a freedom; and so an infringement thereof could be considered a deprivation of a right. Secondly, abortion can be considered a method of alleviation of a “burden” for the mother. Now, this is not to say that a child is a burden; rather, the circumstance that may arise from being placed in such a predicament may be viewed as such. An abortion can help one cope with such an unplanned scenario. Lastly, an abortion is sometimes a necessity. This isn’t in reference to health situations, where an abortion is sometimes necessary in order to save a mother’s life; this is rather in reference to situations where a pregnancy is the result of a rape, and consequently the mother would like to get rid of any remembrances of the occurrence. In such situations, an abortion can be deemed necessary.
Given the two contrasts, it is easy to understand (at least from an objective perspective) why one could be for or against abortion. Personally, I am conflicted because from a moral standpoint, I should be pro-life; however, from a libertarian standpoint I should be pro-choice. This leads to my compromising view on the subject. I believe that the right to an abortion should be given to women; however, I believe that women, despite the option, should always choose to keep the life. Life is too precious to give up. There are many women who attempt wholeheartedly to reproduce to no avail. If given the opportunity, I believe that all women should chose to keep the baby. It may not be convenient, but there are always ways to accommodate. If that means working twice as hard as you do to sustain two lives as opposed to one, or altering your life goals to accommodate for the extra life, I think it is worth it in the long run. Again, keep in mind that none of us would be here today if our parents had chosen to abort us. Lastly, if all fails, you always have the option of giving the child up for adoption. If you aren’t in the position to care for an offspring, there are many people out there who would be more than happy to alleviate you of this “burden.”
In sum, both pro-life and pro-choice activists have very convincing arguments to make a case for their respective positions. It isn’t hard for an objective person to see why one may feel one way or the other. With that being said however, the best compromise is to give the freedom to an abortion, in hopes that those with that freedom will elect to forgo of that liberty. If abortion is abolished, that closes the door for those who feel strongly against keeping an unwanted baby, whereas allowing that freedom still provides the hope that even those libertarians could chose not to go that route. That, to me, is the most rational and impartial path to take.