For years, the topic of abortion has been debated among the members of the political parties. Oftentimes, the question on whether it is ethical or not comes up, especially regarding if the fetus is or is not a life. Some say life begins at conception, while others would argue that life does not begin until natural birth. No matter where you fall on this issue, the fact of the matter is that the number of people getting abortions is declining. According to Abort73 quoting the Guttmacher Institute, “An estimated 862,320 abortions took place in the United States in 2017 – down from 926,240 in 2014.” It also states that in 1996, an estimated 1,360,000 abortions took place.
The bigger question that arises is that of ethics. According to PewForum, 61% of people think that abortion should be legal in most or all cases, while 38% say that it should be illegal in most or all cases. While both sides argue back and forth on the issue, the fact of the matter is that our definition of life begins at conception. If we apply this logic to the real world, then abortion should be classified as the death of another life, no matter the circumstances.
There may be some small exceptions, such as if rape or incest was involved, but overall this rate is extremely low, and should not justify legalizing abortion for all cases. According to USA Today, only 1% of abortion cases are because or rape, and another 0.5% is because of incest. While in these rare cases it should be allowed, we would be ignorant to use these to represent abortion as a whole.