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As a woman, I always believe that women would not like to have an
abortion; personally, I am against abortion. Sadly, however, under certain
circumstances, women have to terminate pregnancy, in particularly, when
some medical or social reasons come.
It is unfair even cruel to deprive women of making decisions
regarding their own wills and welfare as this is what the human right
supposes to be. As far as I know, there have been so many tragedies
resulting from the restriction on abortion, in which many women have
suffered both mentally and physically, even some of them paid for their
lives because of those illegal abortion practices.
But, when we talk about pregnancy and abortion, we cannot ignore
another life and one’s human right. I come from China, where abortion is
absolutely legal without any restriction. So, many times, I have witnessed
8- month abortions. As an obstetrician, I had to learn how to perform the
procedures to finish a life and even unbearably to know how to complete
the abortion if the baby comes out alive. I have never performed this
myself, as I made it very clear that I could not stand that. Also, in most
situations some very kind senior midwives who have got children always
took over this terrifying and cruel job. “Anyway, I have got children. But
you are still young and have no children.” They would say. Still, I cannot
escape from watching the shocking and terrifying scene. More sadly, some
women are forced to have abortions in some cities or towns only because
their pregnancies are against the “one child policy”.
From my point of view, on the one hand, abortion is never justified
on the ground that the fetus has human right as well, but on the other
hand, women do have the right to protect their well-beings. Well, abortion
may be always a dilemma of human right.
No competing interests
27 February 2006
Clinical attachee( in psychiatry)
St. Francis Unit, Nottingham City Hospital, NG5 1PB