Abortion has been an issue of heated debate in the United States for numerous years. There are two stances that may be taken in this issue; pro-life or pro-choice. Pro-choice advocates do not consider abortions to be murder. On the other hand, pro-life persons view abortion as intentional murder of a human being. All in all, abortion may seem like a quick solution to an urgent problem. However, it is immoral, and is a decision with many repercussions. Let us look at the definition of abortion. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, abortion is “the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus” or “induced expulsion of a human fetus.”
With this in mind, how can anyone say that abortion is not murder? Pro-life advocates like myself, as well as The Roman Catholic Church view abortion as wrong and unjust. The pro-life view of abortion is that which considers it to be a deliberate killing. Thus, in 1995 Pope John Paul II declared that the Church’s teaching on abortion “is unchanged and unchangeable. Therefore, by the authority, which Christ conferred upon Peter and his successors…I declare that direct abortion, that is, abortion willed as an end or as a means, always constitutes a grave moral disorder, since it is the deliberate killing of an innocent human being. This doctrine is based upon the natural law and upon the written word of God, is transmitted by the Church’s Tradition and taught by the ordinary and universal Magisterium. No circumstance, no purpose, no law whatsoever can ever make licit an act which is intrinsically illicit, since it is contrary to the law of God which is written in every human heart, knowable by reason itself, and proclaimed by the Church” (Evangelium Vitae 62). I agree with the teachings of the Church. I am pro-life, and believe that abortion is an immoral act that kills an innocent child. With this in mind, would you go out and murder someone you did not want in your life? The likelihood is no. Likewise, the killing of a child you do not want should not be acceptable as well. However, unlike direct murder, abortion is legal in our country.
Abortion, an act legal in our country, is disgraceful. According to Wanda Franz, Ph.D., “Twenty years and 30 million abortion deaths ago, the Supreme Court arrogantly ignored the dictum of the Declaration of Independence ‘that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights’, and imposed its own dictum that taking a child’s life by abortion is a constitutional ‘liberty’ ” (1). Sure abortion may be legal, but it does not mean that it is the right choice. Smoking, though bad for you, is legal as well. However, in choosing to smoke, millions of Americans suffer from lung and skin cancer, as well as emphysema. The same is true of abortion. Many women choose abortion, not taking the time to consider the consequences. Abortion, an act that seems to be a quick fix to the problem of pregnancy, has many drawbacks to it. Some of these drawbacks include Post-Abortion Syndrome, as well as health complications.
As seen in real life circumstances, often times after an abortion, a woman feels guilty for what she has just done. This is called Post-Abortion Syndrome. Symptoms of this include, “depression and thoughts of suicide, sad moods, sudden and uncontrollable crying, deterioration of self-esteem,…survival guilt, development of eating disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, other self-punishing or self-degrading behaviors: abusive relationships, promiscuity, and failing to take care of yourself medically or deliberately hurting yourself emotionally and/or physically.” Post abortion syndrome is not only found in females, but in males as well. Some men, who perhaps did not want to have the abortion, or who forced the woman into having one, often experience these feelings. That is just one draw back to abortion. Another drawback is the health issue. Many women can get infections from abortion clinics, as well as increase her odds of a miscarriage in a future pregnancy. With all of this in mind, is abortion worth it?
On the contrary, some people feel that it is. These people are classified as having pro-choice beliefs. They believe that it is the woman’s decision to have an abortion. They feel that the woman had the right to decide what she wants to do to her own body, and no one should tell her otherwise. Pro-choice and pro-life groups have been battling over the issue of abortion for years. The long-standing debate over abortion will continue for infinity. There will always be the constant battle over which belief is right. However, my belief that abortion is immoral and unjust will remain with me forever.