This article raises the issue of whether a woman should be allowed to have an abortion when there is no direct threat to her life. The court’s ruling granted that she has this right though the issue is controversial. Among the factors that could make the pregnancy undesirable, unpreparedness for parenthood and the wife’s health impairment were named (Blackmun). The court’s ruling may be further contested in an appeal court.
The woman who wished to have an abortion did not seem to understand that when the child is between 24 to 28 weeks old, it may feel everything. To it, an abortion would be an excruciating procedure equal to killing. Secondly, abortion at this period poses a grave threat to a woman’s health. The woman risks having a womb penetration or sepsis due to her frantic wish to get rid of the baby.
For me, this article raises the question of whether personal and non-medical reasons can justify abortion. On the one hand, making women have children they do not want to have will only result in bitterness to a child. On the other hand, it may be wrong to take life when the fetus is livable. Another question raised in this article is what grounds should come to the fore – personal or medical – when the issue of abortion is raised.