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Daniel Halliday
Jun 3 · Last update 2 mo. ago.
Should abortion be legal worldwide? Is abortion a basic human right?
On the 25th May 2018 Ireland, a country famous for its strong link to the Catholic Church, voted to legalise abortion with a two thirds majority. Is it time to consider abortion as a basic human right and amend international law?
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Women should have the free choice to terminate unwanted children
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Abortion is morally contentious & making it completely legal could have massive social consequences
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Laws should reflect the beliefs and moral values of people they represent
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Women should have the free choice to terminate unwanted children

Child poverty is rife in a world that is arguably already massively overpopulated. Considering the massive cost of raising a child, is it not kinder to the child and potential parent/s to terminate an ill fated life before it starts, than to add to the shocking amount of children in poverty? Of which UNICEF writes “387 million, or 19.5% of the world’s children live in extreme poverty compared to just 9.2% of adults. Children represent half of the poor yet are just one third of the underlying population.”

This becomes more worrying when you consider the state of adoption in the world. There are an estimated 153 million orphan children worldwide. Considering also the relatively low yearly adoption rates both internationally and for individual countries is in its thousands, that leaves a lot of those children in vulnerable conditions. The adoption process also takes time, the average orphan in America spending 3 years in state care before they find an adoptive family. However, many countries don’t even have an adequate foster care system for these children.

Should free choice help us prevent making these issues worse? Considering the time the adoption process takes isn’t it less painful for all involved to allow abortion to be a basic human right? Should it not be up to a person when they want to have a child? Where do we stop adding to a problem before we realise how bad it has become?

data.unicef.org/topic/overview/child-poverty showhope.org/2015/06/19/9-stats-about-the-orphan-crisis sos-usa.org/our-impact/childrens-statistics

data.unicef.org/topic/overview/child-poverty showhope.org/2015/06/19/9-stats-about-the-orphan-crisis sos-usa.org/our-impact/childrens-statistics

data.unicef.org/topic/overview/child-poverty showhope.org/2015/06/19/9-stats-about-the-orphan-crisis sos-usa.org/our-impact/childrens-statistics

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Daniel Halliday
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http://data.unicef.org/topic/overview/child-poverty/ https://showhope.org/2015/06/19/9-stats-about-the-orphan-crisis/ https://www.sos-usa.org/our-impact/childrens-statistics
Abortion is morally contentious & making it completely legal could have massive social consequences

With declining birth rates in developed countries around the world, the last thing people should be doing is encouraging abortion. They should be encouraging adoption. An easing of abortion legislation would just result in an increase in promiscuity and disease. Not to mention the damage such an invasive procedure can wreck on a woman’s body.

However, that is not to say that legislation on abortion shouldn’t change. In many countries it is still illegal to have an abortion following rape. This would be a potentially psychologically devastating ordeal for a rape victim to go through, following the initial devastating act of rape. So, although all out legalisation may have undesired consequences, international laws on abortion could be improved.

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With declining birth rates in developed countries around the world, the last thing people should be doing is encouraging abortion. They should be encouraging adoption. An easing of abortion legislation would just result in an increase in promiscuity and disease. Not to mention the damage such an invasive procedure can wreck on a woman’s body.
Laws should reflect the beliefs and moral values of people they represent

You cannot judge what should be applicable in all countries, many countries where abortion is illegal are highly religious, and value this religious doctrine above everything. To enforce a world law on these populations would be disastrous. In countries where democracy is the political system of choice it should be decided democratically what most of the population believes on the issue. To export your ethical mindset, and believe it to be the only way to see the world, is an obnoxious standpoint and will only lead to hostility and argument.

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