Whose Body Is It Anyway

Abortion, the premature termination of a pregnancy, is one subject matter that is dealt with one so many levels. There has never been a subject matter like it. Abortion is a legal issue, political issue, religious issue, economic issue, and a family issue. But at the base of it all, it is a personal issue that each pregnant must make on her own.

Legally a woman, if she choose, can prematurely terminate her pregnancy in the first trimester. No matter what pressures she may have to endure from either side of the abortion issue, she has the right to have an abortion during the first trimester. This has been a victory of sorts for those that believe that a woman should have the right to choose whether she should have an abortion or not. Note that prior to the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case the legality of abortions was a state issue and nearly have the states had laws against abortions. Also, no matter the legality of the issue, abortions were still performed and far too many times in some very unsanitary conditions and at a much higher risk to woman's health after the procedure.

As elected politicians are supposed to be the voice of the people, many of politicians have been spurred into action for one reason or the other, but there are only two purely political reasons abortion is addressed. They are does the federal government, or any governing body, have the right to decide what a person (woman in this case) does with there body and should the taxpayer pay for any level of the abortion process. Where many supporters of the abortion law see the abortion law as a victory of sorts, they feel that there is still a way to go because a woman should have complete control of her body.

Economics plays a part in the abortion issue also. As mentioned before, there are those, no matter where they stand on the actual abortion issue, feel that the public's money (tax money) should not go to pay for the abortion itself or even supplying a place for the abortion to take place. At the high rate of abortions (at last available statistics in 2008) are nearly 20 abortions per every 1000 pregnancies in the US. This could be a financial boon for clinics and doctors that perform abortions.

 Religiously, there are varying views on abortion to the extent as to when does a separate and individual life begins. The Roman Catholic Church has a longtime belief, as well as many other religions believe, that man is not alive (have life) until he is ensouled. This belief goes back to the creation, where Adam (man) was molded out of clay, but did not have life until God breathed life into him (gave him a soul). Therefore, any intentional premature termination of a pregnancy after the definate sin and prior to the ensoulment is a great evil to terminate the process of recreation once it has begone. The Catholic Church has been the earliest and strongest opposer of abortion in the United States and were the early organizers of other Christian denominations and christian organizations to stand against abortion.

After all the legal and religious ramifications, the political debates and discussions, and the economics issues it all comes down to the woman. The woman, whose body it is anyway, must make the final choice as to whether she will or will not have the abortion. It is the woman, whose body it is anyway and nobody else who must live with the choice she makes the rest of her life. Utimately, all the rest of us can do is hope and pray that she makes the right choice for her.