Posted 11 October 2007 - 01:38 AM
It's being discussed over here right now, the senate and lower chambers seem to have the votes to pass the law to allow it, but the president has already stated that he'll veto it, meaning that the General Assembly will have to reunite to lift the veto afterwards...
So, where do you stand? the popular arguments against it are that you're destroying a life, which is true, but some people argue that to what extent can it truly be considered human life... arguments for it are usually that a woman has the right to choose as its her body, people usually also say that if she chose to do that, then she must take the consequences and carry on with the pregnancy.
I'm pro legalisation of abortion, but let me clear it up; I'm not pro abortion, I'm pro legalisation of the abortion, which may seem similar but are most certainly not. Don't know what the situation is like in your countries, but the problem over here is that, despite being outlawed, people still do it! as everything else that's prohibited, people find the way around it, but the real problem is that the prohibition mostly just affects the poor people (at least, that is the case over here), let me explain why.
A rich/middle class woman has the complete freedom to find a private clinic and/or doctor that will do the procedure for whatever fee he chooses, I have no idea how much it could be. By having money you're free to do many things poor people cannot, this includes access to a decent clinic to have your abortion. When you're poor, you simply cannot choose and as a result a lot of women die as a result of bad practised abortion, poor hygiene as it's done in not the healthiest of the environments (i.e. a clinic of any kind). So the real issue over here is that being outlawed causes poor people not to have one option that people with money already have.
So, again, I'm not pro abortion (actually, only in specific cases, like in rape victims and such special circumstances), but I don't think it's fair for poor women to have to go through this; it can be argued that they should have taken the appropiate measures to prevent it in the first place, but things are like they are, years of economical disasters have taken the level of education to ridiculous levels on the less fortunate portion of the population and I believe they are simply ignorant on some very important health-issues and sex education (thing that is being dealt with now, if I'm not mistaken, sex ed planned to be implemented in schools and such).
So, by outlawing it, we're not preventing it or even discouraging it, we're just leaving people with less options with even less options and running great risks as a cause of it, is it fair?