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Should abortion be legalized in Ireland?

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Should abortion be legalized in Ireland? I personally don't think that abortion is right, it is the direct and intentional killing of an unborn child in the womb.The abortion debate generates deep emotions amd one must consider carefully the facts surrounding this issue before deciding whether abortion should be legalized in Ireland. Abortion is a human rights issue based on the most fundamental right of all ... the right to life. Before considering the abortion laws, I will present the moral argument promoted by the catholic church. The church teaches that from the moment of conception a potential human being exists. A child is just the same as an adult in God's eyes, therefore the killing of an unborn child is considered to be murder. Who actually commits this murder? Is it the doctor who performs the procedure or the mother who asks for the foetus to be aborted? Doctors and those who work at abortion clinics tend to discuss the procedure in technical terms as an operation and try to avoid the emotional side or the moral implications. During the procedure, the embyro or foetus and placental tissue are removed from the woman's uterus. ...read more.

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Before a doctor will perform an abortion, he or she will make sure each patient is certain about her decision. Some doctors refuse to perform abortions because of their religion. It is diffucult to undersrand why any mother would want to abort her child when she is aware that she is killing a part of herself. What drives a woman to do this? Pro-abortionists would argue that it is the mother's right to make this decision, that it is her body and that the law should not prevent her from having an abortion. It is this type of religious and moral point of view which effects the current laws in Ireland and there have been many referenda to try and change existing laws, to no avail. The problem is not confined to the Republic alone, almost 8,000 women in Ulster, including 135 school girls aged 15 and under, have had abortions in the past five years. The number of women having abortions in Northern Ireland has remained steadily the same; in 1996 there were 1,573, in 1997 there were 1,572, in 1998 there were 1,581, in 1999, 1,430 abortions had taken place and in 2000 there were 1,528 abortions. ...read more.

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Abortion is legal in France and Italy, while in England, Wales, and Scotland abortion has (since the 1967 Abortion Act) been free on demand and is available on the National Health Service. A woman seeking an abortion has to secure the agreement of two doctors rather than just one. This is the only medical procedure in the United Kingdom where this is required. Earlier this year,there was an"abortion boat" that docked off the coast of Dublin, providing abortion services for Irish women. Although the boat was in Irish waters, the Government ignored the fact that women were having abortions "on board" as the boat was not actually on Irish soil. This "turning a blind eye" is ironic when one considers that the same government has refused to legalize abortion despite the obvious demand from the women of Ireland. Having considered the arguments for and against abortion, I believe that that rights of the unborn child should be defended. If abortion was legalized in Ireland then there would be no hope for these unborn children. At the same time, the Irish Government must not ignore the dangers of backstreet abortions carried out by unqualified people. They must provide more support for women who are seeking abortions and show them that there is an alternative. ...read more.

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