With the fantastic news that women in Scotland will be allowed to take the abortion pill at home, I’ve been thinking about all the reasons I agree with the right for women to have abortions. This new development means that women will be able to go through the emotionally tough process in the comfort of their own homes and save them having to get time off to visit a clinic.
Ann Furedi, cheif executive of BPAS said that she hopes that the government will follow Scotland’s lead and roll out the important policy change all over Great Britain.
She said: “It is simply perverse that a woman arriving at a BPAS clinic in England and Wales with an incomplete miscarriage can be given the medication to take in the comfort and privacy of her own home, while a woman seeking an abortion must take that same medication on site.”
This is something I really hope happens because, as Ann said, it really is perverse that women have to take the medication on site when on their way home they could be experiencing symptoms. It’s better for women to be able to feel comfortable when going through something so emotionally exhausting.
It’s a very difficult decision for women to get abortions, but they should 100% have that choice. My hope is that this new development will encourage people to be less dismissive of the idea of aborting a baby because really, if they don’t personally feel like they CAN raise a child and don’t want it to go in to care – why shouldn’t they have the option?
There are so many circumstances that might cause someone to want an abortion instead of bringing a child in to the world. If someone has been raped and gets pregnant it could be so emotionally damaging before the baby arrives, imagine what could happen when the baby does arrive.
If there are people who don’t think they could provide food, clothing or a house for their baby and don’t feel it’s the right option for them in that moment then surely it’s better to abort the baby instead of having the child suffer when it’s born. The same goes for people who are just starting out a career, or education, and can’t afford a baby.
Yes, there are also cons of abortion. I am aware of these. There is always the risk that after an abortion you may not be able to conceive again in the future and it can lead to psychological damage, however the pros outweigh the cons in my mind. At the end of the day it is down to the woman carrying the baby to come up with the best solution for her and her baby. If she doesn’t think she can give the baby what it needs and wants to abort it then she should absolutely be able to.
Some might argue that it means there are less children for parents who can’t conceive to adopt, but giving birth to a baby you have to give away could be so much more emotionally damaging than getting rid of the baby before you’ve made a true connection. Although some mothers start that connection when the child is in the womb, the ones seeking abortion are doing it for a good reason and know their own minds.
Abortion will always be prevalent in our society, it’s not going to go away whether you’re for or against it. Do you have opinions on the topic? Please share them below.