Should women who know about birth defects be allowed to abort?
The opposing team believes that abortion for parents who know their child will have birth defects should be legal because a woman should have total control of her body and not have someone stand over her telling her what she should or shouldn’t do.
We believe that abortion for parents who know their child will have birth defects should be Illegal because we believe when parents are planning to have a baby they make a sacrifice and promise to take care of their child no matter the circumstances, and should love and care for them no matter their situation.There is always a risk for a child to be defected or disabled no matter what. We believe that parents should be proud of their child and not feel ashamed
According to Merriam Webster the definition of Birth Defect is “a physical or biochemical defect that is present at birth and may be inherited or environmentally induced.” Every year in the U.S alone 1 in 33 babies have been diagnosed with birth defects. My partner and I decided to talk about Down Syndrome. Down Syndrome is one of the most well known birth defects and chromosomal conditions out of all of those out there. The National Down Syndrome Society states that Down Syndrome affects about 6,000 people each year and 1 in 691 babies are born with Down syndrome. In the U.S there are about 400,000 people living with Down syndrome.
When a women or parents decide to have an abortion for their child with a birth defect(s) they are killing a human being before it had a chance to show their potential, and what they could teach others in life such as compassion, love, patience true beauty and so much more.
We believe that the child should not be punished with death for being deformed or imperfect. The child does not deserve to die because the parent(s) feels they are unfit for the responsibility of taking care of their child. If the mother feels like she can not take care of the child there are many adoption programs such as The National Down Syndrome Adoption Network where there are people wanting to adopt a child with; for example Down Syndrome. When parents decide against abortion for their child with Down Syndrome and give the baby over to adoption, they are giving their child a chance to live in this world and if unfit to care for it, then give the child away to someone who will care and love the child unconditionally.
Abortion almost all the time will affect the parent(s) and not always in a good way. When someone is thinking of going through with an abortion for their child with birth defects many things go through their mind. They might think that they are doing the best for them right now but later in life they might regret letting go of their child due to it’s birth defects. Many women who have had an abortion are “81% higher risk of subsequent mental health problems compared to women who have not had an abortion. Women with a history of abortion have higher rates of anxiety (34% higher), depression (37%), alcohol use/misuse (110%), marijuana use (230%), and suicidal behavior (115%) compared to those who have not had an abortion” according to a study Abortion Harms Women’s Mental Health by Susan E. Wills.
These are only a couple of the most important reasons why women should not abort their babies with birth defects. In our debate we will be talking more about how parents or others have reacted to kids with mental disabilities and the different types of disabilities and deformities that there are. Please look forward to it!