Abortion is said to be the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks. It is the ending of a pregnancy by removing a fetus or embryo before it can survive outside the uterus.Abortion techniques advanced in Europe and North America in the 17th century, but the traditional values of most physicians in relation to sexual matters stopped these safe abortion techniques from expanding.In the 19th century the practice was banned in both the United States and the United Kingdom.Church groups and physicians were highly influential in anti-abortion movements.
In the US, abortion was more dangerous than childbirth but, in the year 1930, improvements in abortion procedures relative to childbirth were made.
Soviet Russia (1919), Iceland (1935) and Sweden (1938) were part of the first countries to legalize certain or all forms of abortion. In 1935 Nazi Germany passed a law permitting abortions for those deemed “hereditarily ill”, while German women were specifically prohibited from having abortions.
In the second half of the twentieth century, abortion was legalized in more countries. A bill passed by the state legislature of New York legalizing abortion in April 1970.
Fast-forward to today, Abortion has become a widely known and accepted event. No longer frowned upon as many females who feel they don’t have the capacity to take care of a child are advised to abort the child so that they can go on with life.
Quite a number of people believe that it is a good thing, especially if they do not have the finances to take care of the child. They believe that it is better to get rid of the child, than to birth the child into the world to suffer.
Parents and guardians also give the option to their children in a situation where it is a teenage pregnancy and also to cover up the shame of their child getting pregnant at a young age.
Benjamin Watson an American Football Tight end for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL) is one of the few who are outspoken about the issue of abortion.
He was a member of his high school chapter of The Fellowship Of Christian Athletes. Watson is a devout Christian who is known for being outspoken about his faith. He is also known for his book: Under Our Skin: Getting Real About Race–And Getting Free From the Fears and Frustrations That Divide Us. Watson explained that “We sit here and talk about advancing the black agenda, whatever that means, we talk about our interests, and what’s important to us — like having political power and advancement and all those things — and then we are turning around and we are killing our children,”
Watson said. “And we are buying the lie that it’s our personal decision to make.” “Honestly, I am sympathetic, I am. Because I know it’s a hard decision,” Watson continued.
Although Watson believes that abortion is a “women’s issue,” he believes that men still have a large role to play in the women’s ultimate decision to get an abortion.
“A lot of the women wouldn’t be having abortions if the men would step up and be a part of what they are already biologically a part of. Raising children and having children, even though the women birthed the child, is designed for two people to do it,” Watson stated.”And there is so much undue stress and pressure on the woman if the other one isn’t there.” Watson argued that a fault in the process is that many men would rather have abortion be a “women’s issue” so that they don’t have to “step up and make a decision.”
“Any idea that a man doesn’t have a role in it is not true. ” Watson stressed. “If you are going to say, ‘It’s your choice’ and she decides on an abortion, then at least be man enough to go with her through the entire process. You should have to sit with her through the entire procedure (and recovery) if you are going to go that route.”He recalled a time where he has had to talk to a one of his NFL teammates whose girlfriends was facing an unplanned pregnancy.”His girlfriend was pregnant and he had that look like, ‘I don’t know what to do’ and I know that abortion may have very well been a possibility, although we didn’t discuss it specifically,”
Watson explained. “My whole speech to him was encouraging him about what an awesome opportunity it is to raise a child, to give the child a home, to love that child, and that God entrusted him with another life, and what a responsibility and the privilege that is.”
As part of a larger list outlining the struggles and injustices blacks face and how their perpetuation diminishes the lives of blacks, the NFL star said, “Black lives don’t matter when we support and engage in the termination of our most important resource and our hope for a brighter future; our unborn children.”