During the last twenty-five years, abortion has been one of the most heated topics being debated the world. The only topics that equal the abortion debate are race and war. Abortion is a discussion of human interaction where ethics, emotions, and law come together. People have different opinions usually only have two choices when confronted with abortion. They are either for it or against it. There is the pro-choice and the pro-life.

These are the only two categories that people's views fall into. A pro-choice person would feel that the decision to abort a pregnancy is that of the mothers and the government has no right to interfere. A pro-lifer would hold that from the moment of conception, the embryo or foetus is alive. Since this embryo or foetus is alive and is a person you have no moral right to abort a life. If you aborted the life you would be committing murder. The word "murder" is mainly used by pro-lifers to describe what happens when you abort a foetus.

Murder means deliberate and unjustified killing of another person containing intent. A women cannot bear the thought of having a child that would be a constant reminder of what happened on such and such a day, such and such number of years ago. The mother doesn't want to kill a baby; she wants to interrupt the growth of an embryo so that it will not become a baby. My own personal opinion is that each woman has the right to decide whether she wants to abort an unwanted pregnancy. Remember some reasons for getting rid of a pregnancy might have to do with the health of the mother herself, maybe the mother is unable to attend to the child's needs after it's born, resulting in child abuse and mental disease. In these situations abortion is the most logical thing to do, but many women find that extremely hard after emotionally attaching themselves to the baby after he / she is born.

Most abortions occur because of a rape or because of a serious medical condition of the mother, which could lead to her death. In these situations abortion is often the only way that prevents the birth of an unwanted child. There is also the issue of rape that has to be considered. It seems obvious to most people that they shouldn't force a woman who has become pregnant due to rap to give birth to the baby.

The pro-lifers don't see the same picture; they use the same old "murder" argument to not allow the pregnant women to get an abortion in a case of rape. They say that the child could be born and if the mother doesn't want the baby that she could give the baby up for adoption. What the pro-lifers don't see is how this could affect the mother of the child. The pro-lifers are only concerned for the foetus and not what will happen to the mother or the mother's family that has to deal with the incident. If the mother gives birth to the baby she might be unable to bear the trauma and if by getting an abortion can spare her from it, so be it. Opponents of abortion seem to think that women who choose to have abortions do so without having a real reason and are acting on a whim.

They don't know that a decision in itself is a very painful thing for a women. What some people don't seem to understand is that abortion is not an easy way out. A woman herself has to make a decision on which is better for her. Many people try to force their beliefs onto the woman.

The reasons why women have abortions vary. It may be a case of rape, physical or psychological condition. A choice needs to be available to prevent the birth of unwanted children, to avoid damage to the child as well as to safeguard the emotional and physical health of women. Preservation of life seems to be rather a slogan than a genuine goal of the anti-abortion forces; what they really want is control. Control over our behaviour and power over women's choices. Abortion is a tough choice and the decision should be a personal one, without interference of special interest groups.

Losing safe and legal abortion would mean reducing women to " childbearing machines" It would mean turning our backs on the technology we have, and it would also devalue women as independent human beings. It would bring more meaningless deaths from the illegal and self-induced abortions and more pain for women. When looking at abortions there are many pros and cons. What it mainly comes down to is how each individual perceives each situation of abortion. If one person sees abortion as a women's choice and can back up his views with proof that it would be better for the mother, then do not try to destroy their views. If a person sees abortion as killing a life and they want to abolish abortion, then let them have a chance to voice their opinions.

It is always good to have views from both sides.