Discuss about the Abortion is Women’s Rights.
A woman is a person and must be regarded in the same way. She is not just a vessel for the fetus. However, the opposite is what happens in reality. Abortion is a significant part of women’s rights, and women are distressed both individually and as a gender (Russo and Steinberg 2012).
Abortion is Women’s Rights
A woman’s ambitions for education, employment and accommodation or any sort of self-determination is dependent on her ability to decide to or not and when, if at all, to bear children. If denied the right to abortion, women have to bear the blunt of all hardship and blame for unwanted pregnancies, forgetting that men are responsible too, and unwanted pregnancies arise from forced intercourse. Pregnant women and mothers become second-class citizens, and they become subject to state control, monitoring and punishment even (Boseley 2016). Her resources become limited and she becomes a submissive of the society, barred from achieving their full potential.
Control over one’s own body is a key moral right. Not allowing women to abort an unwanted pregnancy is depriving them of this right. The fetus is inside the women’s body and according to the right to physical integrity, unwanted invasion of one’s body would be an act of violation of human rights and personal choice. An unwilling woman should not be forced into being the life-support system for the fetus - no human rights laws can argue against that. Reproductive liberty is a fundamental right (Bbc.co.uk 2016).
Abortion rights are essential for gender equality. Freedom of abortion helps women attain social, economic and political parity. Not giving women that freedom violates their civil liberties and creates a situation of gender biasness. A woman not given the right is forced into continuing the pregnancy and looking after the child for years. Giving them the right to choose their future would help them achieve an equal status with men, as men do not get pregnant and remains unrestricted (The Nation 2016). The society does not consider pregnancy as beautiful, but an unstable situation in need of support. It makes a woman unaware of her own beauty and think of herself as a nuisance. She is burdened with the responsibility of considering the unborn rights, diminishing her own. Even the society does not back a woman with children, either considering her weak and unfit for any kind of work, or giving low wages and firing them from job to avoid adjustments from the organization’s side.
It can be understood from all the discriminations that a woman needs unrestricted access to abortion rights for deriving equality with men. She needs the complete right over her own body. If not given, a woman can never achieve the same moral status as men.
Bbc.co.uk. 2016. BBC - Ethics - Abortion: Arguments in favour of abortion. [online] Available at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/abortion/mother/for_1.shtml
Boseley, S. 2016. Irish women report relief and gratitude after using abortion pills. [online] The Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/17/home-abortion-kits-women-ireland-study
Russo, N.F. and Steinberg, J.R., 2012. Contraception and abortion: Critical tools for achieving reproductive justice. Reproductive justice: A global concern, pp.145-171.
The Nation. (2016). Gender Equality Is Not Possible Without Abortion. [online] Available at: https://www.thenation.com/article/gender-equality-is-not-possible-without-abortion/