Motion presented by Claudia González
Some people think that abortion is always wrong. Some think that abortion is right when the mother’s life is at risk. Others think that there is a range of circumstances in which abortion is morally acceptable.
Abortion is legal under certain circuntances in some societies:
- abortion for the sake of the mother’s health, including her mental health;
- abortion where a pregnancy is the result of a crime (like rape, incest, or child abuse);
- abortion where the child of the pregnancy would have an ‘ unacceptable quality of life’ such as cases where the child would have serious physical handicaps, serious genetic problems, or serious mental defects;
- abortion for social reasons, including poverty, the mother unable to cope with a child (or another child), or the mother being too young to cope with a child;
- abortion as a matter of government policy: as a way of regulating population size; as a way of regulating groups within a population or as a way of improving the population;
In Spain, abortions are allowed to avoid serious risks to physical or mental health of the woman within the first 12 weeks. If the pregnancy is a result of rape, the rape must first be reported to the police and the procedure carried out within 12 weeks of pregnancy.
In case of foetal impairment, two specialists, other than the doctor performing the abortion, must certify that the child would suffer from severe physical or mental defects. The procedure must be performed within the first 22 weeks.
In any case, all abortions in Spain must be reported to the national health authorities.
I’m in favour of abortion only for the sake of the mother’s health, in case of a crime result or even if the child would have serious mental, physical or genetic problems but I’m a bit reluctant to accept social abortion.
What do you think about this? Should be abortion always aceptable? Only in some cases?
Read this article about one particularly controversial case of abortion.