Abortion: A Woman’s Body, No Man’s Land

Updated: Jun 18

Political Rhetoric, and 21st-Century Hypocrisy

Originally published by authentics on Medium

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Abortion is a well-spoken buzzword that has occupied the top headline of today’s news and media. It has become the rhetorical slogan for the political movements, the catchphrase of the feminist, right for the mother, progressive to the left, criminal to the right. Abortion is considered a sin to the religious and one more critical topic for the ethicist. Abortion is by far one of the most controversial chapters in the textbook of human life, which has millions of writers and editors. Abortion is an important and sensitive topic more for everyone further so for a woman.


The polemic of abortion is real, and I would not be surprised if those of you, Reading this piece is most thinking, how can a male figure remark on a theme which is elite to the woman’s body? — That is why I decided to write this article!


My intention is not indelibly a prerogative to force my view and position with respect to abortion, as is not pertinent to what I would like to point in this discussion. My solitary tenacity is to shed light on some contentious disputes that may or may not be exclusive to this theme, which may help the reader understand the real contributes to the current outages about abortion.


For the sake of full disclosure, I must say, as a physician, an individual and with the knowledge of how the abortion or partial termination of pregnancy procedures are executed as well as having personally observed in my professional life, is not a kind of practice that I would consider pursuing in my personal or professional deed.


The matter of abortion is multidimensional and multifarious. Combinations of independent factors concurrently interact in a particular instant. Talking about abortion is as overwhelming as opening a “can of worms”. But then again at some point, we need to halt, take a deep breath and ask ourselves the big question- what is our intention of corroborating? Is it about women’s right, Mother’s right or prove that life begins at the time of conception or birth?


Beforehand- first, we need to define what life is, and how much a person’s existence worth!

The Concept of Punitive, Compensatory Damage and Values

Most of us are mindful of the legal terms like punitive and compensatory damages where under particular circumstances the amount of compensation to the plaintiff will be contingent on a person’s programmed potential of the future earnings. For example- in our society irrespective of that everyone’s life is priceless; the long term predictable value of a Harvard law graduate is upper than that of a homeless person without education, as the attorney would be entitled to greater reimbursement under the equal statuses. This notion exemplifies the significance of perceived worth at a given society that would indeed vary from one community to another.


The Worthiness of Life

Everything, everyone and every moment in the human life have a value, the regard that something is to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness, serving as a person’s principles or standards of behavior and judgment call of what is important in life. Some tenets can be monetized but hardly any such as life itself which is generally accounted for through morals and social justice. Everyone values life in a different way. Those spiritual may appreciate life as imperfect and equates the life of an adult to that of the fetus.


Quantitatively and qualitatively, for the religious, the most treasured life is one after bereavement. But in general, the impact of a life is inclined by factors sovereign of exclusive religious faith and is usually the product of a combination of factors such as social custom, ethos, environment, faith, and education. Once the value of life is recognized then emanates death and mortality, which is usually perceived as morals lost or gained. For some, death is a creation of time and one more door of life to be unlocked but for others, a high price to pay for the annexation of those values. Based on the notion of value, abortion will at all-time be inferred based on distinct discernment of life and death.


What is Abortion?

Abortion is defined as the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of gestation. The reasons why a person selects to end conception are situations such as health, inability to care for another person, economic disadvantage, and psychological limitations. Yet, this is not as critical as the inspirations affecting decisions to contemplate an abortion. Personal choice is by far the most in force of any other element when it comes to this subject.


As we work our way through this narration, It will be clear how the values of life and perception of death are detrimentally prejudiced by said causal dynamics, a variety of Influencers of human attitude on abortion. One such factor is “health”.


Abortion as a Matter of Health

The Health and wellness of mothers are of noteworthy importance. Aborting for Health is one motive that goes without exception in favor of mother where the value of mother’s life surely prevails contained by the archetypal civilized modern communities, but conferring to some religious philosophies some mothers may decide on not to abort their unborn child. Except in particular radical religious circumstances, I don’t believe any person within the contemporary custom would disagree that the Mother’s life outweighs the fetuses. Of course, under definite but erratic customary dogma, this may be subject to open dispute.


It is also worth noting that irrespective of the motivation to have an abortion, later carries its own risks of complications such as Infection or sepsis, Damage to the cervix, scarring of the uterine lining, Perforation of the uterus, damage to other organs and in extreme situation Death.


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