When the word abortion is mentioned, it is often associated with violence and murder. But, not authorizing abortion is a major issue for women in the Philippines and around the globe. Planning and consideration are key to having a child. If this is not done, then why bother?

While our government has attempted to make progress in preventative services, abortion is illegal under any circumstances and is extremely condemned. While abortion is a common practice, it is often done in unsafe and unsanitary ways. Unintended pregnancies are common in Filipino women, regardless of any advances in reproductive health law or the RH Law. Many Filipino women who seek abortion encounter unsafe methods and techniques, as abortion is a criminal offense in this country. Unsafe abortion poses huge risks to Filipino women. Every year, hundreds of Filipino women are killed by complications related to fetus extraction. This contributes to the high maternal mortality rate in the country. Every year, thousands of women are admitted to hospital for complications related to abortion. Many women require post-abortion treatment because of the risks of risky abortion. However, they are limited in their ability to obtain such care. This includes shame at getting an abortion and high costs of medical care.

There are many reasons why we should legalize abortion. I assume there are many. I will not go into detail. Women have the right to choose to have an abortion, for certain reasons. Mothers have the right to make these decisions about their bodies. According to the National Bureau of Health Research (2007) there are sometimes complications that arise during pregnancy and the doctor decides not to endanger the mother’s life. This means that the fetus will die and the mother will live, but it is better than losing the existences of both the mother and unborn. Abortion is recommended in this case. If the unborn child is suffering from difficulties during pregnancy, it is best to save the mother’s life through abortion.

Second, raising a child is not an easy task. It requires financial resources as well as social and emotional responsibility. If we, as individuals, are unable to provide a healthy life for our children, then bringing them into the world will only create more problems that should never have been created. Each woman has her individual rights, but the child is dependent on them to live. The most fundamental rights of a woman are the right to manage her body and decide whether or not she has a child. She can only decide if she’s emotionally and physically ready to have and raise a child.

The war on women is a powerful tool in convincing many Christians to stand in unison against any legalization of abortion, even if it means condemning miscarriage. People who try to recruit Christians are claiming that the Bible requires such a restriction. However, the Bible doesn’t explicitly forbid abortion. In fact, it is the exact opposite. Methods for abortion were not only understood at the time but there are instances when God commands that one occur. These examples can be found in Genesis 38, “Tamar: Killing an Undesirable Pregnancy”. The Bible states that killing an unborn child is necessary when the child is not conceived according to the society’s needs. The Bible isn’t hostile towards abortion. I believe that there is an alternative movement that uses the Bible to support women who do not carry a pregnancy to term, regardless of whether it was an intentional loss.

Fourth, and final, the media will always report on a child or woman who has been abused by people they know or strangers. Legalizing abortion will eliminate unwanted pregnancies that arise from these cases as well as difficulties during pregnancy. The victim should not be blamed if a pregnancy is caused by assault. The vast majority of victims aren’t prepared for these pregnancies. This is why an abortion can be the best way to end these pregnancies. They can pursue their dreams to the highest level without restriction. If it becomes law, it allows individuals to speak with professional doctors about safe terminations of unplanned pregnancies. This reduces the likelihood of abortion-related complications leading to death. The Center for Reproductive Rights’ World’s Abortion Laws Map highlights that the Philippines is not in the same venture as the majority of the rest of the world. One case involved a young doctor who was attacked by a government official. This official paid for her education. She discovered she was pregnant and tried to initiate an abortion herself, but she died from complications resulting from her unsafe abortion and inability to access medical care. Many Filipino women are now in similar situations and, due to our outdated abortion laws, may also die from unsafe abortions. There are many human rights that were violated in this instance. One is the right to life. Her death was caused by the inability of the government legally to allow abortion. Both the criminal abortion provisions and women’s inability to have safe abortions lead to an infringement of the right to life. The government’s inability to provide legal access to emergency contraception or abortion for victims of sexual violence violates the privilege to nondiscrimination. Next, the Right to Health. Her inability to access safe abortion services constitutes an infringement of her privilege to health.

This argumentative essay has shown that legalizing abortion is essential to ensure women’s human rights, survival, and well-being. We are sending women to suffer the negative effects of risky abortion without it. Even though abortion should be legal, it is still considered debilitating. It is legal because it is a decision, and the woman is responsible for what happens to her body. If we don’t authorise this, it ignores several human rights, including the right to privacy, life, non-discrimination, and health. It is not the role of the government, I think, to enforce against women’s or individuals’ decisions. They don’t know their backgrounds.