Abortion is immoral and dangerous

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 July, 2012, 12:00am


Abortion is becoming more and more popular among teenagers. Many of them see it as the only way to deal with pregnancies. I believe this is totally wrong.

First, it is immoral to kill a baby. A foetus is a life and can feel pain. Some argue that if the foetus is not aborted, the teenage girl's future will be ruined. But it is immoral to take a life for one's own benefit.

Second, abortion causes great psychological distress for teenage mothers. Most mothers feel regret and guilt after having an abortion.

Finally, women may also suffer physical consequences. The various abortion methods can damage their wombs. Hence, many women who have abortions may not be able to conceive or carry a baby to full term.

I strongly believe abortions should be made illegal.

Gina Chan

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Gina. Abortion is a sad last resort for young women who become pregnant when they do not want to. There is no reason to treat it lightly. However, I must clear up some of your assumptions. Firstly, there is no direct evidence to link abortion with any psychological effects on the mother. It depends on whether or not she has a support system, like loving friends and family.

Secondly, abortions are risky when they are performed in unsafe conditions. Usually these kinds of abortions are done in places where abortion is outlawed. They put women's lives at risk - of this there is no doubt. So that's why we would not want abortion to be outlawed. When performed by trained professionals, abortion is perfectly safe.

Thirdly, the risk of carrying a baby to full term outweighs the risk of abortion. If girls are too young, their bodies are unable to cope with childbirth. This increases the risk to them and the child.

Ideally, of course, teenage girls should not become pregnant in the first place.

Susan, editor