Judith Jarvis Thompson raises many important questions in her article “A Defense of Abortion”. The most important, I thought, was “when two lives are at risk, how do we decide which life is more important to save?” This is a tough question for me to answer, as I’m sure it is to many others.
Growing up I always believed abortion was always wrong. Regardless of whether the parents could not provide for the child or if the child was a product of rape, I always believed aborting the child was not only a crime, but morally wrong as well. As I’ve been exposed to more information over the years I’ve realized that in some cases, abortion may be necessary. If a woman were to get pregnant and then learn that carrying the baby would kill her, what decision is she supposed to make? She then has to make a choice to either abort the baby or follow through with the term of the pregnancy, sacrifice her own life and then leave her newborn child to grow up without a mother. Is either choice more right than the other? I don’t think so. Circumstances like this, made me realize that although I do think abortion is wrong in most cases, sometimes it is justifiable. The impregnated woman the right to live just as the unborn child does. But when it comes down to who’s life is more important, I believe everyone’s answer may vary.
With that being said, I do think there are many circumstances when abortion is wrong. If girls are having unprotected sex and they get pregnant as a result, I believe they need to deal with the consequences of the decision they made. When a life is not at stake, I do not believe an innocent life should be taken.