Abortion is considered morally wrong in Pakistan. Yet, Mehnaz was to be married at thirteen and became pregnant five times by the age of nineteen (Hadid, 2018, np). The fifth pregnancy brought fear, fear that the child will be a girl, “so she did what millions of Pakistani women do every year”; abort the pregnancy (Hadid, 2018, np). If a society, a religion, is so against abortion, and the government deems it illegal to abort, then societies need virtue ethics to support a woman’s body.
It seems contradictory that Mehnaz had three abortions because her husband will not wear condoms, for it is against his religion (Hadid, 2018, np). Does the man think the abortion has nothing to do with him nor the gender of the child? Mehnaz is afraid to have a girl because they consider girls to be economically draining to the family (Hadid, 2018, np). She already had four daughters, and her husband threatened to kick her out of the house if she had another (Hadid, 2018, np). Mehnaz was thirteen when she married, she cannot read nor write, and was ignorant about sex when she married (Hadid, 2018, np). It was not until social workers visited her house that she became aware of contraceptives (Hadid, 2018, np). However, they did not work. The birth control pill made her dizzy, and she became pregnant after a birth control injection (Hadid, 2018, np). What is a woman to do when she has no power over her own body? Maybe abortion would not be an option if the best consequences would support the moral rule; no abortion (May & Delston, 2016, p. 30).
If abortion is morally wrong, then the right action needs to be taken for the woman to achieve success in not aborting. Here, between a wife and a husband, the right actions could be in an” accordance with the correct moral rule” the moral rule would be no abortion (May & Delston, 2016, p. 30). A society embedded in beliefs cannot maintain a moral rule of no abortion when the female’s body is believed to be owned by the man but the woman’s responsibility. The ownership versus responsibility seems absolutely insane and imperialistic. The patriarchal society should support a woman rather than hold expectations like, “do not have an abortion and do not have a girl.” The men in the society lack responsibility towards their own moral belief and need the right action so abortion is not an issue.
Mehnaz is just one story that encompasses abortion; there are many other scenarios. Abortion is very complicated, and one shoe does not fit all. However, until women merge into their goddess essence, abortion will be an issue; for a woman to step into her goddess essence than the man would step into his god essence. Together, they would allow no one to desecrate her body, nor would she choose to desecrate her body.
Hadid, D (2018. November 8). Why The “Abortion Rate In Pakistan Is One Of The World’s Highest.” Retrieved from https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/11/28/661763318/why-the-abortion-rate-in-pakistan-is-one-of-the-worlds-highest
May, L & Delston, B, J. (2016). Applied Ethics: A Multicultural Approach Sixth Edition. New York NY; Routledge.