As I've stated before on this issue there are a number of ethical dilemmas and individual circumstances that it is not as simple as declaring that one is "pro-life" or "pro-choice." A proper assessment needs to be made of individual circumstances before any declaration of legislation can proceed.
With all this being said, however, I do have views of when I think abortion is and isn't ok which I will outline here.
- Prevention is better than cure.
- Medical conditions.
- Quantitive Morality.
- The Father.
Prevention is better than cure
Within most countries of the western world, we have the privilege of education. Within this education system, we are taught about safe intercourse practices and measures to take to avoid pregnancy in the first place. Now, if you are someone that never bothered to take advantage of the education you were given, decided to go about engaging in intercourse unsafely, became pregnant and then decided that you don't want a baby and went to have an abortion just because you knew an abortion clinic was there at your convenience then this is irresponsible. What's more, is that the longer you wait to abort the more irresponsible you are and with no justification for your position. Knowing that you could have prevented pregnancy in the first place but decided to go about and behave in an irresponsible way anyway gives you no reasonable or moral justification for you wanting to abort.
On the other hand, if you are someone that is responsible, took precautions, etc but something went wrong then an abortion under these circumstances is acceptable providing it is done as soon as possible.
In this case where is medically necessary to abort then it is justified and acceptable. It's sad, unfortunate but if there really is no other alternative then this is the way it has to be; the lesser of two evils if you will.
This bit is about the right time to abort. The way I see it is that the longer one waits to abort the more immoral it is. By contrast, the sooner the decision is made and when it is done the more morally justified it is.
From my own experience, one of the things I hardly ever see get mentioned in the abortion debate is the rights of the father. The dilemma here lies when a mother decides to have an abortion but the father wants a child. The only thing I can suggest here is that if the couple is already at this point then to try and seek some kind of psychological help as this is way out of my depth. That being said, however, I would argue that it would be more prudent for a couple to make sure that there absolutely sure that they want a child in the first place.
The unexamined thought is not worth thinking.