“The unlawful killing of one human by another, especially with premeditated malice”, this is the definition of murder as defined by dictionary.com. Now with that in mind, what category would abortion fall under? As possibly the most controversial topic in debate currently, the lines of morality and freedom are blurred and questioned.
The act of terminating the pregnancy is most always premeditated and also would be believed to be a killing of one human by another. If this is the case, then this would fall under the category of murder then. However, when the future child actually progress from being two cells to being a human life is an unknown factor that plays heavily into the debate. Some would say that the union of the two cells could not be considered and actually baby until some amount of time for growth has passed. The counterpart to this argument is that a human life is formed as soon as the union occurs.
I would choose to err on the side of caution and claim the life of one begins at the very moment of conception. Therefore I can not condone the murder of children. I believe that there is no differentiating between the mass of cells and a human life in progress.
Back to the topic of abortion though, I really wish it was never discovered or invented, or whatever you could call it. People who stupidly sleep around with pretty much everyone they meet and wind up with a pregnancy should be taught a lesson on responsibility. I can think of no better way to do this than force them to live with the result of their foolishness for at least 9 months. If this does not teach them either self-control or responsibility in that area, then nothing will.
The other side I get stuck on though is the surrounding circumstances to the creation of the child. I don’t know if I could completely reject the idea of abortion for women who have been assaulted and the result is a pregnancy. Forcing the woman to live with the proof of the trauma would seem plain out cruel. The child would be a reminder everyday of the trauma that she experienced. Then looking at the child, what kind of life could they expect to lead? The knowledge of their conception would have to be a terrible burden to bear for the entirety of their life. The child could be resented by the mother and it just seems nothing good could come from that. I can’t help but think of the life of the children doomed to have one of those girls that is just brainless as a mother. That child would be condemned from the start to have a miserable life. I could not wish that fate on anyone.
The topic of abortion has so many angles and extenuating circumstances it has become exceedingly hard to judge right from wrong. I, personally, do not agree with it at all. However, I can understand why it sometimes could be considered the right course of action. If I were in charge of the laws, I would make it an extremely difficult procedure to obtain in hopes of deterring most. I would hope that there are still those who have the courage and understanding to take responsibility for their actions and not murder their unborn child as an easy way out.