Right to Life, Right to Choice
Abortion remains one of the most contested issues as far as social and moral obligations are concerned. It has been a controversial topic for a long time. In the United States, abortion has been made legal and even after the Supreme Court legalized abortion in the 1973, the controversy still continues. Unfortunately, abortion is a liberty and right that some wish to eradicate. Some consider abortions immoral. They believe in misconceptions that are based off of skewed facts. They also believe it is a problem that must be stopped. Making abortions illegal will not sojourn anything. Abortions are a right. When a woman needs an abortion, she will do whatever it takes to have one. And it is sometimes the only option for disadvantaged women. Both sides in the debate present valid arguments to either support or refuse abortion. Pro-life arguments are mainly based on the concept of preservation of human life from the point of conception to that of giving full priority to unborn fetus’ life over that of the mother. On the other end, pro-abortionists challenge that women possess ultimate control of their bodies to that point of prioritizing their lives over the natural observable fact of the development of a new human being. Pro choice abortion refers to the political and ethical view that a woman should have complete right over her fertility and guarantees a woman her reproductive rights. I am a contender for pro choice abortions and as the fetus cannot live without the support of its mother, it has no real constitutional rights. Unlike pro life supporters whose stance supports that carrying out an abortion is violating the sanctity of life, I believe that life does not begin until the fetus can survive naturally outside of the womb. There are those that oppose abortion that believe it is being use purely for profit. The Alan Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of Planned Parenthood, estimates that there were 1.21 million abortions performed in the U.S. in the year 2005. The average cost of a first trimester abortion (before 10 weeks) is $413 and the estimated average of a 2nd trimester abortion costs up to $3000. That means that each year in the U.S., the abortion industry brings in approximately $831 million through their abortion services alone. If you add in the $337 million that Planned Parenthood receives annually in government grants and contracts, the annual dollar amount moves well past 1 billion. Abortion is obviously a very lucrative business, and this has been true from the beginning. There are those that support abortion for the sole fact that it is a huge moneymaker for them. The owners of organizations such as Planned Parenthood, the abortion doctors that perform these procedures, and the business minded people that invest in these groups. Even so, whether financially motivated or not, the majority of people that support abortion are not supporters for the fact that they are profiting financially from it. To really have an opinion or take a side on this matter, you must have a clear and well-defined understanding of exactly what abortion is, how it takes place, the emotions that go along with it, and the reasons for choosing it to begin with. No matter if you are pro choice or pro life, the act of aborting a fetus is all the same. Abortion refers to a practice whereby a pregnancy is terminated with the outcome being the death of a human fetus (Hillar, 2000). The matter at hand is not what abortion actually is, but is abortion morally right? Or is it completely unethical and downright evil? This is where the arguments begin. Christians are particularly against abortions. They believe it is wrong. Many protest abortions and want to eliminate this right to all women. Even though many people practice pro-life because of their religion, it may be surprising to learn that catholic women are 29% more likely to get an abortion than Protestant women, though they are as likely as...
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