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Abortion should be made legal in Northern Ireland

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Abortion should be made legal in Northern Ireland Abortion. A subject that here in Northern Ireland we rarely talk about for the simple fact that it is not legal. But in my opinion women and girls in Northern Ireland should have the right to abortion. If that the rest of the U.K can have the choice then why doesn't Northern Ireland? For the rest of the U.K in 1967 the abortion act was passed which gave females the right to an abortion if agreed by two doctors before 24 weeks. So if the rest of Great Britain has the right to, why don't we? Do you think that it is right that, at the start of the 21st century, women in Northern Ireland still do not have the right to control their own bodies? Yet the last twenty years have seen great change in women's lives and attitudes to sexuality in Northern Ireland. Abortion is no longer a taboo subject. Radio talk shows have women phoning them, giving their names and openly talking about their experience of abortion. ...read more.


These women come from every age group from 12 to 55; they come from every walk to life- they are workers in factories, hospitals and offices; they are housewives, students and unemployed. Almost half already have at least one child; some have grown up families and don't want to start all over again; some fell they are too old, or ruining their jobs, of being unable to finish their education, or of not being able to cope with other children. Some cannot afford or simply do not want another child. If someone has a heart or kidney that doesn't work, he or she can get a transplant. If our eyesight is poor, we wear glasses. If we have diabetes, we take insulin. These are all ways of controlling our bodies' biology. So why if we feel we cannot cope with a baby should we have to go through with it? Anti-Abortionists say that is abortion were legalised, women would use it as an alternative form of contraception. That is nonsense. ...read more.


By 1998, this had risen to 62%. I think that every woman should have the right to choose whether or not she wants an abortion. If a woman finds herself pregnant, and does not want to be, what is the best (or least worst) solution for her, the potential newborn that she is carrying, and all the other people involved- including boyfriend or husband and their families. Firstly. She can take no action, have to baby and raise it herself (hopefully with the support of others). Secondly, she can take no action, give birth and give the baby up for adoption. Finally, she can have an abortion and terminate the pregnancy. For some, the fires two options may not be possible and probably not convenient. So why cant females in Northern Ireland have the chance to choose what way their own lives go? So, put yourself in some of these women's shoes and see how unfair it is on us in Northern Ireland? Why should a troubled, pregnant female have to travel to mainland UK when English don't? How would you feel if it happened to you? Thank you for listening. ?? ?? ?? ?? Persuasive Speech Jess Robinson ...read more.

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