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Critical Response (Abortion)

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IGCSE First Language English coursework Assignment 5- Response writing Candidate's Name- Anika Havaldar September 2008- DAIS Abortion issue reflects ironies of modern living The issue of abortion has suffered years of neglecting in the Indian Society. The Niketa Mehta case has by attracting intensive media coverage uprooted these dormant matters and forced society to re-evaluate the social, moral, ethical and political associations that surround the issue of abortions. Jayanthi Natarajan encapsulates the above issues by intertwining them with the emotional conflict involved in her article. It is perhaps her position as a contemporary politician and a woman that makes her article so effective. Her article appropriately titled - "The ironies of modern living" provides an insight on the abortion issue using the Niketa Mehta case as a basis for her arguments. As the title suggests, the article critiques the handling of abortions as old-fashioned and asks for reform in the manner in which the law, society and politicians approach it. The introductory paragraph informs the reader of the circumstances of the Niketa Mehta case providing enough information for the writer to elaborate on later. The writer describes the case as "straightforward" but indicates that "the issues that arise out of it are far-reaching, and important." ...read more.


She mentions stages of development and population stability, country-specific historical and cultural contexts, abortion as a fertility control as factors that have played significant roles in this on-going debate. The writer then condemns this debate as "poorly-informed". She then scales the magnitude of the problem by mentioning the statistics of illegal abortions in the continent and in the world at large and questions the reasons that drive these couples. The headline of the article introduces the concept of "irony" as a description of the treatment of the issue of abortions and the circumstances. The writer presents this irony on an array of instances. "It is ironical that the moral, social and emotional complexity to abort is not apparent in the public debate." Her mention of the various different aspects was devoid of the primary factors such as morality and sentimentality. Although she carps this debate, she recognizes the effect it would have on the rights of the citizens of this nation. "To make such as issue the subject of law or national debate is one of the ironies of modern living." The reader infers that the writer is implying that modern living is being associated with materialism and less with progressive and modern thinking. ...read more.


The facts accompanied by the sentimental value heighten the depth of the issue and its repercussions. Her criticism is portrayed subtly, and her ability to explore the various realms this issue encompasses augments her caliber as a writer. She is able to achieve objectivity in her writing and her own opinion, whenever projected is injected implicitly. Besides informing the audience about abortion in the various realms, the writer demands reform in the legal associations with the issue. She presents a coherent solution and is seen as a staunch believer in individual respect being essential to a productive society. Her beliefs are translated into requests for emotional and personal dilemmas being accounted for in debate and the law. Her requests are positive and are aimed at creating a stable and civilized society which not only respects individuality but makes appropriate use of the rules that form its framework. The article appears to be well-researched and immaculately structured. The writer's ability to encompass and merge the innumerable aspects that surround this issue into a comprehensible solution translates into a convincing article. The writer is not only provoking thoughts of legal reform but is also promoting reform in society and its limitations. Personally, I was impressed with the writer's ability to connect facts to human requisites and force her audience to reconsider their views on the issue and view it more objectively and with greater sensitivity. ...read more.

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