Evaluate Essay on Abortion

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Kymberly Burress
Oct. 7, 2011
Pros and cons Essay
Ms. Shuchter

Abortion is defined as the termination of pregnancy at any stage that does not result in birth. What a lot of people don’t realize is a miscarriage is also considered an abortion even though it is not medically induced; it is called a spontaneous abortion because it is not a medical procedure. Recently a study was done and it showed that the number of abortions worldwide have gone down considerably because of family planning, having reasonable birth control methods introduced, the prices for them lowered and the availability of them are accessible by the younger generation. More and more we are seeing young women using abortion as a birth control method, this is making the process look like a non-viable medical procedure not to mention it is abusing the woman’s right to choose and making it extremely difficult for the women who have real reasons whether they be medical or unstated to receive safe and anonymous abortions, done by a medical professional. While there is still major controversy over the legality, ethics and women’s rights more than 90% of this world (not just the United States) has a pro-life or pro-choice opinion on the situation. While a lot of people don’t agree with the abortion procedure it has been practiced since the early times. Early Egyptians have hieroglyphs depicting a demon of sorts beating on the abdomen of a pregnant woman. Around 1150 B.C. China and the Roman Empire were logging the use of herb mixtures such as pennyroyal, sage and lavender to make a herbal abortion helper, also sharp implements were used for the process, though the practices are no longer in use at the time they caused many maternal deaths, organ punctures and caused severe internal bleeding. Abortion is very taboo in many of today’s cultures; the Islamic faith, Catholicism and North Africa have made a stand on the issue calling it immoral, evil, unjust and murder. Then on the opposite side of the spectrum you have religions and regions that are understanding and even may condone a safe and medical abortion. The Dali Lama has been quoted saying that abortion is “negative” but there are exceptions. He said “I think abortion should be approved or disapproved according to each circumstance.” The Methodist church, Evangelical church and the Lutheran church are pro-choice. The Unitarian Universalist church supports abortion declaring “The right to choice on contraception and abortion are important aspects of the right of privacy, respect for human lives and freedom of conscience of women and their families.” (1978). As far back as the 2nd century methods for abortion were known almost worldwide, while most didn’t use surgical or medical methods, they preferred more erratic methods such as herbal baths, heavy lifting, jumping making sure the heels of the feet touched the buttock of the woman and riding animals such as horses and bulls. So as you can see the pro-choice pro-life debate has been going on for centuries. Whether you are pro-life or pro-choice it is your responsibility as a person in a society and as a human to listen to the other’s opinion and respect that person regardless of your outlook on abortion. Today we see far too much fighting and waging war on our own people because of this “issue”, while we are fighting across seas why don’t we at least hear both sides of the story and maybe just maybe we can see through each other’s eyes for once. You never know, the one person you look up to more than anything may just have different ideas and an obscure outlook on life as far as you’re concerned; are you going to treat them differently now because you don’t see eye to eye? I’m sure we can all agree that life is a precious gift, but at what point is life considered life? This sounds like a rhetorical question but this question has been thrown back and forth for many years. There is a middle ground on the subject where a percentage of people could care...
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