Is abortion murder?
You may have seen a figure of foetus in pregnant woman's body on screen, which is scanned by echography. You might watch some scene in which the foetus was moving its finger or head. Some people say that because all foetus are already human beings, having an abortion is a sinful action. Yu, Won kyung, 20, one of my friends and a student majoring in chemistry at Chung Nam national university, think that when a foetus is formed a woman's body, it is already a living thing.
"People should acknowledge that a foetus is as important as other human beings. It has the right to live and abortion shouldn't be performed by any obstetrician." said Yu, in a Kakaotalk chat room with me, in a harsh tone.
She also said that although people have a right to do whatever they want with their bodies, it shouldn't be thought to be more important than foetus's right to live.
Some extreme people against abortion say lawmakers have to enact more strict anti-abortion law to crack down on doctors performing illegal abortions and women aborting their child. They think toughening penalties for those people is only the way to rectify the illegally performed abortion.
People who believe in religion are strongly against abortion. Roman catholic, is the religion that stand in the farthest position from the pro-choice movement. According to its "New canonical bylaw" published in 1995, along with euthanasia, abortion should be regarded as a ethical disorder. Any form of laws that human being have lagislated so far can't justify such things. It also say that even unwanted pregnancy, caused by rape, also doesn't justify the need of abortion.
Isn't abortion murder?
There are people who say that a foetus is not a human being. One argument for legalizing abortion is that people have their rights to make their own choices when it comes to their bodies. If people don't want to go through with the pregnancy, they should get abortion without any interference, they said.
Byun, Min kying, 22, a female student majoring in the fine arts at the faculty of art in Chung Nam national university, warn that banning abortion will screw up woman's life.
"That's a crazy idea, Won kyung. How could you say that? Abortion is woman's right like right to free speech. Obviously, the right to abortion is an extension of right to freedom. Furthermore, it's the matter of pregnant women's survival. As long as abortion can save women's lives, it should be a acceptible thing. Before worrying about the foetus, we have to worry about women's survival!" Byun said in a kakatolk chat room.
She also pointed out that the mental and emotional disease women possibly suffer from. "Every woman who gives birth to unwanted baby will suffer from mortal mental disorder for the rest of her life. Which do you think is more unhappy? Living with unwanted child while having a mental illness?" she added.
Pre-choice people think that there's no need of any sanction to make people obey such a ridiculous law. Some obstetricians and gynecologists rebut the anti-abortion law saying that the reason why we are doing it is for the sake of mother's health. They also say that religious belief should not be forced on those who don't this issue in the same way and the belief is totally out of sync with reality.
Abortion in Korea.
In Korea, both getting a abortion and performing it are illegal. Under present law, except for pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, and if it can risk woman's health, every form of abortion has banned. In 2010, as government tightened enforcement on abortion, there has been lots of debates.
In my opinion, the important thing is craking down on a back-alley. The annual abortion rate among fertile Korean women is higher than that of other OECD(Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) member countries. To make matters worse, the reported case of abortion may be the tip of iceberg. Because practicing an abortion is a lucrative business for obstetrician and some pregnant women want to have an abortion, it would be a win-win situation for them.
Another serious thing is a notion of preferring a son to a daughter. Abortion can be abused for the purpose of giving birth to only son, not daughter. There are even parents that walk out on their daughter.
The way I see it, no matter how strictly crack down on abortion, the endless debate on it, which Korean call it 만년떡밥(A never spoiled bait), will never be disappeared.
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Whether you support abortion or not, it's been a very controversial issue not only in Korea, but also in any other countries. Although South Korea doesn't allow its people to have an abortion, there has been numerous movements about the anti-abortion law. Frankly speaking, I am against abortion excep