Clearly, abortion is one of the controversial issues in the society today. To establish what to write on regarding abortion and any other topic for that matter – controversial or not – academic writing requires that a writer critically examines what is known and identifies a gap in knowledge. Below is a list of ideas on abortion that remain conspicuously unexplored and that you can choose to focus on to remain relevant in the conversation regarding this practice.
- The impact of a married woman’s abortion on her marriage
Some people abort so as to space their children. There is a dearth of literature on the implications this kind of abortion has on a married couple especially when the two are not in agreement regarding the necessity of getting rid of the said pregnancy or on the number of children that each would want.
- The place or stance of the would-be grandparents on abortion
Grandparents are members of a family just like parents, and they have a stake in the issues affecting this basic unit of the society. Almost every commentator on abortion seems not to recognise, acknowledge or seek the input of these members of the family and community on this topic. As a student interested in researching on abortion, you can look into the question of whether or not grandparents should be consulted when deciding to terminate the life of their would-be grandchild.
- The limit of the right to protest against abortion
Those who protest against abortion cite the right to freedom of speech as their basis for conducting demonstrations and publishing pro-life materials. However, some protestors harass women while on their way to a clinic due to suspicions that they are going in there to abort. Whatever the reason that makes women terminate pregnancies, many are arguably left feeling emotional and vulnerable, and they do not need anybody to make them feel miserable for their decision. As a student, you can investigate where the right to protest against abortion ends and where it starts infringing on a woman’s privacy and the right to self-determination.
- Whether or not a state has a moral responsibility to sponsor abortion
China is one of the nations which are publicly known to have systematic measures to control their population sizes. The country’s government is suspected to have coerced women into terminating their pregnancy so as to observe the one-child policy. Although this has been brushed aside as mere and unfounded allegations, you as a student can inquire into whether there are instances that can warrant a state to require a woman to abort and if so, what would be the effects of this move on the woman and community.
- Should there be a limit to the number of abortions that a woman can procure in her lifetime?
Since there is no possible way of knowing the number of illegal abortions that a woman may have had due to its clandestine nature, the above prompt refers to legal abortion. There is little to no available literature discussing whether there is a need to limit the number of abortions that a woman should have in her lifetime, what would necessitate such a cap and what should be done to the one who reaches this limit.
- Whether or not to raise the period prescribed for legal abortion
The highest time limit allowed for abortion in countries that sanction the practice is around 24 weeks of pregnancy. A curious student can investigate whether or not there are bases for countering the fetal viability argument that the government uses to prohibit abortion even at full-term.
- Should women be compelled to put up their babies for adoption rather than abort them?
A student should tread carefully when handling this topic. Some commentators feel that abortion entails a decision to or not to continue a pregnancy while adoption involves the decision of whether or not to parent a child. Notwithstanding the controversy involved in the preceding perspective, the student can seek to know whether there is a basis – legal or moral – upon which to require women to give their babies up for adoption instead of procuring a legal abortion. The student should seek to understand how strongly such an argument can withstand the case against adoption as an alternative to abortion.
- Effects of a failed abortion on the child
Many who write on the wrongs of abortion often think about the practice in terms of its success, and when it is about its failure, they consider its effects on the mother or fetus. It is possible for a woman to carry a pregnancy to term after trying to abort in vain. An inquiry should be conducted into the mental effects that such an occurrence would have on the child who survives an abortion and lives to know about it.
- The financial effects of pro-life legislation
Studies show that pro-life legislation has reduced the rate of abortion among minors, especially in the past. However, there is little to no evidence attesting to or shedding light onto the possible financial effects of this legislation. This is despite the fact that these laws have led to restrictions on public funding of programs that support abortion treatment. A viable study would seek to compute the financial gains from these restrictions.
- It is immoral to profit materially from abortion
Some hospitals make money from facilitating both legal and illegal abortions. These institutions come across as money-minded and as having no regard for human life. A student can research on whether there is a moral argument that they can use to dissuade these health organizations from materializing life.
In light of the above ten ideas, it is clear that there are issues and elements under abortion that remain unexplored. You can pick any that is captivating to you and enjoy writing on it.