The legalization of abortion implies a violation to the ethical and moral standards established by the society (Burke, 1970). Abortion literally means taking a life of an unborn child. Why does it have happen? Maybe this unborn child is unwanted or the child has foreseen to be defective based on the doctor’s examination or perhaps the mother cannot promise a good life to the child. For some countries, they look unto abortion as a positive act and is classified as a medical practice.
These countries might be over-populated or on an anti-natal state. Abortion is sometime considered as an alternative to contraception hence for earlier stages or pregnancy. Looking at it in a social manner, abortion is ethical and immoral because it is a denial a person to experience life and also a breach to the value of life. The act is immoral because of the people’s faith in religion, which the action is forbidden by the god.
The laws are set of standards created by people to protect each other from violating other people’s rights. Based from the definition, can abortion be lawful? Yes, to the fact that, abortion is a medical practice that needs to be offered to any patient who is in need for it. No, because it is homicide. If abortion is to be legalized then it is like legalizing the fact to kill other people. One needs not to be a religious believer, to tell if abortion is ethical, denial of human life is not acceptable.
For this issue, ethics might weigh heavier than law because it is affirmative to the human life and its value to us. Legalization of abortion might push through because there is a need for it hence it does not tell us that it will be morally accepted.
Burke, C. (1970). Abortion: law, ethics and the value of life. Manchester Medical Gazette. Available from: http://www. popline. org/docs/0101/702006. html on April 09, 2008