The Ambiguity of Abortion
As someone who is capable of becoming pregnant, knowing that I have a choice on whether or not to have a baby is a comforting thought. For the longest time, I had no doubt that women were responsible enough to make decisions about their own bodies, and that it was ridiculous to believe eggs and embryos had human rights. But, as humanity reaches the point where parents can choose the eye color of their future child, along with many other physical features, the question is raised: How far will we go?
With Donald Trump—identifying as pro-life—reigning victorious over the presidential election, I decided to look further into abortion, reading about differing opinions and asking my peers for their beliefs on the subject. For a brief moment, my pro-choice stance was strengthened, until specific circumstances of abortion were brought up.
Undeniably, I am resolutely against banning abortion, but when it comes to the degree at which abortion should be legal, ambivalence sprouts up. In cases such as the woman getting raped and in ectopic pregnancies, it is indisputable that abortion should be an option. However, when a male is raped by a woman and she becomes pregnant, does the male have no choice but to bear children with the woman, should she not want an abortion? When it came to letting a man decide what I can and can’t do with my body, I thought there was no room for doubt. Similarly, if a woman repeatedly has pregnancies that end in abortions because of refusal to use contraceptives, should she still have a right to abortion? Though the circumstances are unlikely, it has brought me to the realization that the concept of abortion in the hands of government is too much of a generalization.
Unfortunately, abortions cannot be an issue left to the states, as seen with the abortion laws in Texas that were struck down by the Supreme Court. States have set restrictions such as outlawing abortions past 22, 16, or even six weeks into pregnancy, which has proven problematic in itself. If abortion isn’t efficiently handled on a federal or local level, who can handle it? There seems to be no end in sight when it comes to the pro-life or pro-choice movement, but the majority of pro-choice advocates agree that abortion should be legal under certain conditions. Determining what those conditions are is a whole other issue by itself.