The photograph, which is about five years old, sits in the front pocket of my purse. It is a school picture of a little boy, smiling at the camera with a cheeky grin. You can't help but melt at the sight.
Abortion has been legal in England, Scotland, and Wales when the Abortion Act was passed in 1967. Changes were made under the Human Fertilisation And Embryology Act of 1990—bringing in a new upper time limit, allowing most abortions to take place up to 24 weeks. This suggests that although the fertilised egg is potential life, scientific evidence shows that the foetus is not viable (capable of independent life) in the early stages of pregnancy and is still a part of its mother. The law in England, Scotland, and Wales states that: "An abortion can be performed before the 24th week of pregnancy if two doctors agree that there is a risk to the mental and physical health to the mother and any other children in the family." This backs up the idea that if women are to lead healthy, happy lives and offer the same to any children they may have, they need to exercise control over their reproductive lives. I agree with this argument because I feel it is considerate of all possible situations—whether or not the mother is mentally or physically stable to have the child, the financial situation, how the child was conceived e.g. rape, non-consensual. Abortion is a highly controversial topic, everyone having their own individual thoughts and feelings on it. Abortion is so controversial is because it raises the fundamental question; when does human life actually begin?