PHI 103 Informal Logic
DR, Theresa Ramsey
June 6, 2011
Should abortion be legal?
To this very day abortion has become a very sensitive issue worldwide. Known as a moral and ethical issue, abortion is an issue society should come to terms with. Abortion became legal on January 22, 1973 since women have the right to freedom and the choice to live their life as they please.
Many years ago abortion was illegal and lots of women died because they tried to terminate their pregnancy themselves without professional help. In 1973 the Supreme Court passed a law that allowed women to have a choice of abortion. Abortion is the removal of a developing baby within in the mother womb by surgical procedures either by medical instruments or chemical ways, it has been estimated that before abortion became legal thousands upon thousands of women had illegal abortions and a lot of those women died. When society tries to outlaw abortion women find different ways to terminate the pregnancies and therefore that causes illnesses, infections, septic, diseases, and even death. One can be supportive of abortion or one can be against it we all have different morals and values based on our religion, from our parents, friends, family, or from our own experience and knowledge. A lot of Americans consider abortion murder and these values create challenges and problems for the government in society.as a political issue in society abortion appears to be a problem for the government the question is how does the government formulate a law that benefits everyone? . There are two sides to abortion one is the pro-choice and the other is anti-prochoice, the pro-choice would argue that it should be the women’s choice to abort and that not even the government has the right to interfere. The anti-pro would argue that from the time of conception the fetus is a living breathing human and that it should be treated as such. The truth is that a lot of the anti-pro people base their ideas on the morals of their church, others base their ideas on scientific theories, and according to Dr Jack Willke he considers the fetus to be a human being from the moment of conception. His definition of human being depends upon the 46 chromosomes first present in the fertilized ovum, or known as the zygote. I don’t understand we kill animals to feed our families isn’t that murder too? If we’re going to preserve a life shouldn’t we preserve all of them? Because animals are living things too. According to Randall Terry a leader of the pro-life group operation he argues that abortion is murder because at conception we are all unique if we are all unique then isn’t every sperm produced during masturbation unique and so isn’t that murder? To me this is all contradiction and anti-abortionists arguments are groundless unsubstantiated. Abortion is not as bad as people claim it to be instead of seeing abortion as murder society should consider abortion as a necessary alternative. Abortion can save a woman’s life mentally emotionally and physically. The following reasons apply- first the definition of life the anti-abortionists provide us with is self- contradictory, second abortions are safer now than in the past, third abortions help society with the challenges of unwanted pregnancies, and fourth abortions help the women’s emotional life. The anti-abortionist argument can be well refuted because many professionals say that the biological or life argument the anti- abortionist use is wrong. According to embryologist Charles Gardner (Podell, 64) the argument that a human being is created at fertilization contradicts everything we have learned in the past years. another embryologist C.R Austin ( Kamm,212) says fertilization does not confer genetic uniqueness-this is achieved as a consequence as the first meiotic division which takes place just before...