It depends upon the stage of abortion. If a woman decides to have an abortion in the earliest stages, before the first trimester ends, no it is not murder. It is just a clump of cells. However, in the later stages, in the second trimester, it is murder.
Abortion is a highly contentious issue. However, abortion rights must be protected as no woman should be made to endure an unwanted pregnancy. Forcing a woman to endure an unwanted pregnancy is inhumane and is not respecting her human rights. Each woman has the unmitigated right to control her reproductive destiny. Furthermore, each pregnancy should be wanted and planned for.
What many clueless pro-lifers fail to understand is that unwanted pregnancies are detrimental to women mentally, emotionally, and psychologically. To compel a woman to be pregnant is reproductive slavery. It is THE WOMAN'S choice to elect to decide HER reproductive destiny, NO ONE ELSE has the right to decide.
It is quite ironic that the loudest voices who are anti-abortion are MEN. Men don't get pregnant, it is WOMEN who get pregnant. If a woman is not ready to become a mother or if she does not want a child, she has a right to terminate the pregnancy, preferrably at the earliest stages of the pregnancy.
However, abortion should be the last resort as there is contraception available. There should be more responsible use of contraception, instead of being irresponsible and then resorting to abortion as a result of pregnancy. If there was a more responsible use of contraception, the percentage of abortion would significantly increase.
Yes, I believe in abortion, particularly in the early stages. I also believe in abortion in cases of incest and rape. I also believe that young women, teenagers and young adults, should NEVER be penalized for making a mistake. They should have abortion access. The negative attitude towards abortion is underlying misogyny i.e. if a woman has sex, she should be pregnant, shut up and put up although she had made a mistake. This attitude is a remnant of the puritanitical ethic that good women save themselves and have sanctioned and it is the bad girls who have unsanctioned sex and they should suffer for it!