The right to abortion

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All human beings make mistakes and when couples make one, it is women that suffer more than their partner: unwanted pregnancy. It takes them a lot temporally, financially, and mentally. In some countries, women cannot access abortion legally, but they need it and remove their unborn children “illegally”. This is very risky and Human Rights Watch says that between 8 percent to 18 percent of maternal deaths around the world are due to unsafe abortion, and estimates of the number of abortion-related deaths in 2014 ranged from 22,500 to 44,000. According to a 2014 UN report, “The average unsafe abortion rate was more than four times greater in countries with restrictive abortion policies in 2011 (26.7 unsafe abortions per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 years) than in countries with liberal abortion policies (6.1 unsafe abortions per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 years).”

Where access to safe and legal abortion services are unreasonably restricted, a number of women’s and girls’ human rights may be at risk. These include:

  • Right to life
  • Rights to health and health care
  • Right to information
  • Rights to nondiscrimination and equality
  • Right to be free from cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment
  • Right to privacy
  • Right to decide the number and spacing of children
  • Right to security of person
  • Right to liberty
  • Right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress
  • Right to freedom of conscience and religion

Some people, mostly men, oppose women’s and girls’ access to abortion because of their religion, but they do not have to obey others’ religion since they have the right to free choice of religion (UDHR article 18). Those think fetuses are already human also disagree with abortion calling it murder. Whether fetuses have human rights or not is under discussion but women and girls who need abortion definitely have human rights. Even if fetuses, who are likely to be subjected to neglect after birth, have human rights, abortion violates their right to life while protecting their mothers’ 11 rights above. In this sense, conducting abortion would be the lesser of two evils.

What do you think about the right to abortion? Please share your idea with me. Thank you for reading.


Human Rights Watch, Q & A: Human Rights Law and Access to Abortion, July 24, 2017,, accessed on January 20, 2018


7 thoughts on “The right to abortion

  1. It is a tough decision to make. Calling these women a murderer, will not change the dilemma they need to solve. I believe, when well thought through and for the right reasons, women should be able to decide for themselves.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I agree with you.
      In my opinion, what maters the most is women’s decision under any circumstances like religious reasons. It is not the thing men alone should decide on.

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      1. Indeed. Good point you made about ‘men not decide alone’. Although it is the woman’s body, do you feel it should be only her decision, or does the father (except in case of rape) also have a right to express his opinion?


      2. I don’t think it’s a matter of rights to express his opinion etc. Men and women should talk but the final decision should be made by women since it is their body that could take some risk.
        We have to try to remind people of women’s rights when men are imposing their opinion on their partners and other women

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