What ethical Issues are involved in abortion?

United States
January 11, 2008 11:33am CST
I believe that abortion is wrong, but I am a Christian Pastor and that should be my stand. However lately I am finding that young women are using abortion as birth control, having 4 or 5 abortions over thier life times. What are your ethical opinions on this issue?
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• United States
11 Jan 08
You are on a roll today Kayte!!! Anyway, my opinion is that it is wrong, yet it still should be available as an option. I know that sounds hypocritical but let me explain. I, myself, would never consider abortion for one nanosecond. There is no way that I could live with myself after taking a human life out of existence. If I did find myself pregnant unwontedly, I would give it up for adoption or at least foster care. But at the same time, I believe firmly in "Judge not lest ye be judged." I cannot fault another woman for making the choice to kill a baby. I have no business telling her what to do with her body. God will judge her in the end, and not only is it out of my hands, it was never in mine to begin with This is why I look at all these religious groups that protest in front of abortion clinics as hypocrites. Did you all forget that God gave each and every one of us free will? Do you not know that everyone will not choose God or his way? God doesn't even attempt to force us to do his will, why do so many try to do exactly that. This will come up in their judgment day, and they are the ones that will have to deal with their choices, I say leave them be.
• United States
12 Jan 08
While I believe they have a choice it should not be used as a type of birth control. They have even created a form of birthcontrol called the abortion pill
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• United States
12 Jan 08
I totally agree. As a matter of fact my mother, who works at an abortion clinic, was just talking about this the day before you posted it. She has women who have been there 4 and 5 time, and they come in all so-called upset and scared like its their first time. Just looking for attention. If you don't want to have a child, there are precautions that are much better for the body and don't involve ending a life. I have been on depo-provera shots off and on for 12 years. I know what I need to do not to get pregnant. An abortion should not be the choice to keep from having children. But again, you can't tell people what to do, God gave all of us free will. They are the ones who will have to deal with it in the end.
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@anniepa (27521)
• United States
12 Jan 08
I'm always hearing about women using abortion as birth control but I must admit I'm skeptical about that. I'm certainly not accusing you or anyone else of being untruthful, and I've not doubt it's know to happen now and then, I just wonder where the information is coming from that this is a common occurrence. To put it as simply and to the point as possible, my ethical opinion on this issue is that it's not for me to say or to give my opinion on such a personal issue. I'm beyond the point in my life where I could ever be faced with making such a choice but I'm pretty certain I could never have had an abortion myself. I said "pretty certain" because there are so many situations one could be face with and how can I say for sure about something when I've never been through it? I've always believed in and practiced personal responsibility and I'd love it if everyone else did the same, but we don't live in a perfect world and "stuff happens" even to the most responsible people. Sometimes what was an ideal situation to have a baby one day turns into a nightmare the next. One person's minor inconvenience may be another's nightmare, we're all different and our circumstances are often different even if they seem very similar on the surface. OK, I haven't been so brief, have I? To sum it up I'll say what I've said for years: I believe abortion should be legal, safe and rare. Annie
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• United States
12 Jan 08
I am sorry, did I mention that I am a Christian Pastor and that I often see young people who come to me for advise and I had a few (more than I care to mention) instances of young women who come to me about promiscuity, usually after an abortion goes wrong. Or when because after repeated abortions they can no longer have children and are now married and thier husbands want children. And when I ask why they have not used other forms of birth control the reason is that it was inconvenient and they could always get an abortion, which is why I asked the question.
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• United States
25 Jan 08
I am not entirely sure if there are outside problems that are unknown but this is the problem they come to me with.
@cyntrow (8524)
• United States
16 Jan 08
I'm 39, and I must admit that I don't know how 20 somethings think. But i have to say that I have never in my life known a single woman who has used abortion as a form of birth control. And I did live a wild life in my youth. I know that the women(even women that I was friend with in my teens) had some form of birth control. If they became pregnant, they thought over the issue. And abortion in the 80's was easier than it is today. Generally, before the second week after discovering they were pregnant, they got the procedure. It was for their life and their future. Let's face it. Most young women who get knocked up do not finish hs, much less college. I have never, ever known a woman who has had to have more than one abortion. Are these personal experiences or things you have heard. I'm not doubting you, by any means. but in this day of laziness amoung young people, I would think they would find it easier to take a pill a day than to interrupt their video games to go to the clinic. My mind says that you must be mistaken. I think this is anticdotal and perhaps you need to talk with real women who have had to abort.
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• United States
25 Jan 08
I am absolutely talking about real honest to goodness real live women who have had to abort, this is not a story and it is not a joke. And I know you know of laziness among young people but the thought of having to take or even remember a pill everyday is usually why they get abortions. I cant even remember my vitamins everyday and I am far from lazy.
@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
13 Jan 08
You said, that you believe abortion is wrong, butI am a Christian pastor and that should be my stand. If you were not a Christian pastor, would you still believe that abortion was wrong? I am a Christian and I don't believe it is wrong just because I am a Christian, I see it as murder.
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• United States
15 Jan 08
Yes it would be my stand trust me I have 7 beautiful children and I would not have given up even one of them, for any reason. From conception to life children are the greatest and most cherished thing God gave anyone. If I could afford to I would adopt every unwanted child that I could.
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• United States
12 Jan 08
PastorKayte, After reading some of the responses I see that you are being attacked for your beliefs and for that I am very sorry. I don't have the same stand on abortion that you do; but I most certainly respect you for yours. I loved the views of the first responder, but then was a bit put off by the "judgment" factor. Even though that poster says they are not judging, but leaving it up to God to judge, I still "felt" a degree of superiority in that attitude. I will most certainly apologize if I am wrong. As to the responder who shouted that 4-5 abortions over the course of a lifetime isn't a lot, I have got to say, "WHAT?" If all the methods of birth control mentioned aren't working, I would suggest an in-depth discussion with my physician. I am not coming from a superior attitude here. I am coming from a stunned attitude. I agree with her that all of the things she mentioned that may cause a woman to seek an abortion can happen to any woman at any time; but I find it a bit irrational to think that they all could happen to the same woman over the course of her fertile lifetime. If they did, I would think that woman should have learned at least after the first 2 abortions that an abortion is not a pleasant experience. An ethical opinion is what you have asked for and I am sorry that I have just ranted in retaliation. At least my rants have been equally spread. I have ranted because one who disagrees totally with abortion, in my opinion, went too far over the line. And, I have ranted because one who is in totally agreement with abortion, in my opinion, went too far over the line. Using those as examples, I think you can safely see that I do not have a "firm" stand on abortion. As I get older, the more open-minded to all views I seem to become. Working in the mental health field and knowing that a mother can tell if her unborn child may have severe mental health combined with physical health problems during early stages of pregnancy, and be given the option to terminate that pregnancy, could be a blessing. Most of these women are in their 40s. While they know that THEY would love the child unconditionally, they also are aware that they are going to die before the child and leave the care of that child to someone else who will not love him/her the way that they did. They have the responsibility of deciding if they want to pass this child in an adult's body (who most certainly cannot care for even some of his/her most basic needs) on to a sibling or into the care of a group home. As I said, from my experience working in a mental health setting, if it were me, I would opt for an abortion. If a girl 15 or under is raped - I would opt for an abortion. Her body had not developed enough to carry or deliver a child. If the mother's health is so fragile that she cannot carry a child, I would opt for an abortion. If the mother is HIV/Aids positive, I would opt for an abortion. There are several reasons, in my opinion, that abortion is the best viable way. It is not only the best way for the mother, but in some cases for the unborn child as well. There are also many, many, many reasons to carry a child to full term and deliver. There are so many people wanting to adopt and love a baby that the mother could be the blessing they have been looking for. There is also the possibility that even though the mother thought she did not want to be pregnant or to be saddled down with a child, when glancing at that new born babe, when that tiny hand wraps itself around her fingers for the first time, or when those eyelashes flutter, she is overcome with a love so powerful that she thinks, "Oh, I thought I knew all about love, but I had no idea what it was until just this moment!" and decide to keep the baby that she had wanted to dispose of. Ethics, love, circumstances, opinions???? Just my meanderings ~Donna
• United States
12 Jan 08
I have to say your post was very informative, as well as much needed, I was looking for their opinions but not for people to tell me I have judged them unjustly. I usually have a great tolerance for others opinions but I dont like being attacked unjustly. And I did say women are using abortion as a form of birth control so I am positive that I was not saying that this was about women using forms of protection.
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• United States
12 Jan 08
I have to speak up. First, I never put a time frame on those 4-5 abortions. What I really was referring to was women that my mother deals with. These are young people, younger than me (I'm 26) They come into the clinic for the umpteenth time, and they act like they are scared. Sorry, you have no business being scared after being in the stirrups that many times. You know the procedure, you've been through that before. Quit trying to get sympathy and do something better than getting pregnant and then killing it if you are scared. Second, I meant no superiority when I said that God will judge them. I simply meant that its not our job to do so. Its God's. I have no idea what his judgement will be, because its not my privilege to know. I just know that the religious groups that protest in front of these places have no right to, because God gave all of us free will. No matter what the outcome is, it is between God and that person, not for us to decide.
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• United States
13 Jan 08
drknlovly, Please accept my apology. You sort of misread some of what I wrote; and that was just a mistake on your party. I did not write the part about women/young girls getting multiple abortions in response to your comment. You did not make any reference to this at all. As for the other part of your response, perhaps my word, "judgmental" was too strong; but that is how it was interpreted by me. In my opinion when anyone announces his/her position on an ethical issue, there is bound to be disagreement. In this case, most of the disagreement comes from people of some sort of religious faith. I am not saying that is wrong. What I am saying is that there are many women, who for various reasons, and after undergoing grueling introspection and thought have come to the decision that abortion is the only way for them. Some of these women are from Christian upbringings and have had to deal with the guilt associated with the act as well as the guilt that will follow them all through their lives. To me the word "judgment" should never play a part by any human being on any human act. (Unless it is Simon Cowell making a total fool of himself judging the singers on American Idol). I do hope we can agree to disagree on this point. I do respect your values and your views. ~Donna
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@aries_0325 (3060)
• Philippines
12 Jan 08
Abortion is an absolutely wrong and it is a crime of murder. And absolutely I am not favor for this. And I think the fetus have life and like us she/he have a right to see this wonderful world.
• United States
15 Jan 08
Thank you for your remark.
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@layanby (78)
• Argentina
27 Jan 08
hello i'm new here, amd i'm from argentina werere young and very young girls do that to. well i don't think is rigth to have an abortion because as birth control, but i don't think that abortion is wrong, what i think is that it depens of the situation, for example theres a woman who works whit my boyfriens and she is pregnant, but the fetus has a cardiac afection and doctors tell her that in the moment of the birth that baby will die,thats is a good reazon to have an abortion, right? but she was unable to doet because is illegal. now all i know is that i never have one because my conciousness will kill me but i'm not against