Abortion: a Women's Natural Right

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Steffiny Crockett
Moral Philosophy
April 3, 2013
Abortion:
Abortion has been one of the biggest controversies of all time. Many people believe it is immoral and even consider it to be murder. Abortion is defined as: the termination of pregnancy by the removal from the uterus of a fetus or embryo prior to being capable of normal growth. Pro-life believers do not support this idea of induced abortion and believe it should be illegal. Many of these supporters do not realize that if abortion were illegal they would still be performed; back-alley abortions, as well as self-induced abortions have been done as long as history has been written, unfortunately by illegalizing abortion it is not preventing it from happening, rather forcing women to once again undergo unsafe, potentially harmful situations. I am among many Americans and people around the world who are pro-choice, I support the right to a woman’s privacy and the idea women should have the choice to do what they please with their own bodies. As an example; a young 14 year old girl is raped by her father and becomes pregnant with his child. She decides she doesn’t want to keep the baby; she has an abortion because the idea of raising a child of her rapist father is too painful for her to cope with. The emotional and psychological stress that would come with carrying a baby to full term in order to give the baby for adoption would be too much for the already damaged 14 year old girl. Pro-life supporters do not see the situations, reasons, and benefits from abortions. It is clear abortion should remain legal; even if it seems immoral it can often be the best situation for the women that have to make that already tough decision. Pro-choice defends and protects the natural rights to a woman and her body, it is ultimately the woman’s life that would be affected by the decision to have an abortion. The woman making that choice alone would have to intern deal with whatever guilt, internal turmoil, or future...
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