Who Decides When the Uterus Can’t

Women are the bearers of all the generations to come. With that responsibility comes a great consequence. A woman’s uterus has been stuck in an ongoing debate. In centuries past, nature was the only decider in how an individual’s body reacted to the prospect of a growing baby. Today, science has more than caught up with nature.

More than forty years ago, the supreme court ruled that women can legally have abortions. This decision was made to the dismay of many. In the natural order of things, women bear the children and keep civilization going. If not anything else, that is the main biological purpose of humans— reproduction. Having the option to not reproduce seems unethical if not unnatural entirely. Pro-life groups have championed that life begins at conception and that abortion at any gestational stage is murder.

Pro-choice advocates believe that women should have the right to choose to carry a baby to term. The justification for abortion is situational. The main argument for allowing termination include: medical problems, conception by trauma and general stability of the mother or family. Basically, a woman shouldn’t be forced to carry a baby to term by another person or law in any circumstance.

Both of the opposing viewpoints are valid. A ‘clump of cells’ attaches to the uterine wall with the intention of growing into a fetus. The fetus cannot consent to its removal nor should it have to; the body is doing what it is meant to do. In the same respect, a woman who has a clump of cells growing inside of her should be able to decide whether or not she wants it to be there. A rape victim or a woman who is confronted with serious medical issues may decide that the trauma or implications of the situation shouldn’t result in birth. The same consideration could be given to someone who isn’t mentally or financially stable and caring for a baby could result in undue hardship.

The long term battle resides with the carrier whether it ends in termination or birth.  So, who decides? The answer to that question doesn’t have a clear answer. Life is conditional in many ways, should it be at conception?