By Ethelbert Obinna Umeh
Abortion is evil. Abortion has been one of the serious ethical issues that confront thinkers, theologians, and moralists all over the world.It has also resulted to a series of conflict due to varying opinions or schools of thought.
The confusion and arguments that goes with abortion may not really end soonest due to the divergent views. Sometime in 2013, a state governor in South Eastern Nigeria signed an abortion law in his state.
That act angered a catholic Archbishop in his state. The prelate who believes in the dignity and sanctity of human life went to press asking the governor in clear terms to revoke the law.
Such act got the attention of the people who revolted that abortion law should not be mentioned among them. Seeing how things were going, the governor quickly went and revoked the law. If the governor had disobeyed this passionate appeal, who knows it may have cost him his second term bid.
Ever since then, I have been receiving both proposing and opposing views about abortion. This article is my own take why abortion should not legalized in Nigeria, except in a serious medical danger on the life of the mother.
Below are my reasons- they are 5 in number:
· Abortion is killing of life; it is the untimely end of a life
· It is undue killing of a defenceless embryo- some pro-abortionists claim that the embryo should be killed if the woman doesn’t want the baby. But that is absolutely wrong. When you take away the life, you are denying the unborn child the right to live. The child doesn’t have a choice but to die.
· Adoption is a more heroic action than abortion- if you feel you don’t need the unwanted child, why not give birth to the child, and then put the child up for adoption by recognized government agencies like motherless babies homes. To me, this is better than abortion.
· Abortion endangers the life of a woman- not all abortions are handled by a professional. Some women end up with further complications after abortion. This might delay their chances of giving birth in future or even killing one or two of their fertile organs
· We are all meant to save lives. Even medical professionals are expected to save lives (confer the Hippocratic Oath).