Abortion is a very controversial subject that has been continually argued over for the past few years and probably many years to come. The main controversy is simple: should abortion be legalized? First, before we get into the many sides of abortion, we must first define abortion. Abortion is the destruction of the fetus or unborn child while the child is still in the mother’s womb. This can be done by almost anyone from the mother herself to back alley abortions and even to abortions by clinics set up especially for this purpose. There are two sides to this abortion topic: the pro-life faction (those who are against abortion altogether) and those who are pro-choice (those who believe it is the woman’s right to choose if she wants to have an abortion). These two groups offer different solutions to the “problem” of an unexpected or unwanted pregnancy. The pro-life solution is to have the child and live with it. They believe abortion is not an answer. The pro-choice solution is abortion because of reasons they feel are appropriate.
Although abortion is morally and ethically wrong, should it be legal for victims of rape or incest who have no other alternative? There is no real answer to this controversy the two sides have been arguing for many years over the subject. The first is the pro-life group. This group does not believe in the abortion factor. To understand where the pro-life stands we must first understand its beliefs and reasons for its beliefs. Then we can discuss what their solution to the abortion topic is. Pro-life believes that rape and incest are very emotional topics. “They often elicit throughout the population feelings of revulsion; people draw back from the issue of rape and incest. People don’t know how to handle a person who is in that much pain. There is no quick fix. That is why it is difficult for even pro-life people to come to grips with the argument over abortion in cases of rape and incest.” Some of those who are pro-life will allow! abortion in these cases because they don’t know what else they can do for the victim and except it as a rare case. But it is known that allowing abortion in these cases usually does not help the victim, instead, it only worsens the problem because the victims needs are not being met. But what the facts suggest is that only a minority of rape and incest victims actually choose abortion. This is where pro-life has its biggest problem. Pro-life states that “Abortion is not usually chosen as the immediate solution for rape and incest victims but that is the prevailing belief of the general population. A woman has been raped and made pregnant: “Oh, she’s got to have an abortion.” No one has studied the rape and incest victims needs; abortion is presumed to fill her needs.” Various studies and research indicate that rape and incest victims fall into a high-risk category of abortion. But what happens after a victim has an abortion? Jackie Baker a victim states: “I soon discovered that the aftermath of my abortion continued a long time after the memory of my rape had faded. I felt empty and horrible. Nobody told me about the emptiness and pain I would feel deep within causing nightmares and deep depressions. They all told me that after the abortion I could continue with my life as if nothing ever happened.” (Reardon 21- 22) This is the story we hear from a lot of aborted women. Today in our society it is believed by most people that it is the woman’s fault just as much as the mans fault, if not more. many people think women are responsible for contributing to the rape itself. Then the rape victims feel self-blame and guilt. And even then a rape or incest victims family members or close friends may reinforce these negative feelings. Or they drop the problem because they don’t know how to talk about it. We even see the same thing in the abortion experience. When a person becomes pregnant because of rape or incest there is a permanent symbol of the rape, at least until it is aborted. Women who have had abortions fear being rejected by God and loved ones. It is a very traumatic experience which takes time. The fact is that you are really telling your loved ones of a death in