Being one of the society’s sensitive subjects, abortion will always have polarizing opinions. On one hand, there are those who are pro-choice which means they are for abortion and believe that it should be up to the woman to choose what she wants for her body and thus should be given the right to choose whether to carry the fetus to term or abort it. On the other hand, we have people who are pro-life and believe that life starts at conception, therefore women should not have the ability to abort a human life because it would constitute to murder.
However, variations exist within each group, depending on the level of conservativeness or liberality of one’s opinions. We have pro-lifers who reckon that in some special cases such as rape, incest, or if the mother’s life is at risk, abortion should be permitted. Alternatively we have pro-choice individuals who favor waiting periods and other restrictions on abortion. In addition, pro-choice proponents are not always necessarily in support of abortion as it is widely portrayed, they simply advocate for women to have the right of control over her body and future. Therefore, we cannot come to the conclusion that there is a clear cut line between the two groups.
Regardless of whichever side you decide to “pick”, it is paramount to understand what the opposition believes in. In America for instance, many usually maintain a neutral position. They evaluate abortion on a case-by-case basis and may lean on one side or the other depending on which issues they deem more important than the other.
Restrictions like compulsory 24 hour waiting periods or mandatory counselling on abortion alternatives should be imposed. It should also be inflicted that, once the pregnancy enters the third trimester, abortion should not be carried out, as health concerns come into play. The later an abortion is performed, the riskier it gets. Statistics carried out in America show that one out of three women has an abortion by the age of 45. Abortion providers should be well trained for safe abortion to exist in the case of legal abortion. Whether pro-choice or pro-life, make choices that will not haunt you for the rest of your life.