The Pros and Cons of Debate

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Abortion is a growing debate in the United States. There are two clearly defined sides to abortion you are either pro-life which is against it or pro-choice which is for it. As with any issue there are pros and cons to both sides of the issue. We are going to discuss arguments that support both pro-life and pro-choice. We will begin with pro-life and finishing up with the pro-choice side of the issue.

Life begins at conception, therefore abortion is the same as murder because it is the act of taking another humans life (womensissues.about.com). Just because a baby cannot survive without the mother does not make it right to kill it; the baby has a heartbeat which still makes it a living being. Even after a baby is born, he or she is not able to exist independent of the mother or someone to meet the basic needs of food, shelter, and protection from the many dangers of living outside the womb. Dependence on another is not a reason to kill ones who are helpless. No civilized society allows one human to intentionally harm or take the life of another human without receiving punishment, and abortion is no different.

Adoption is a possible alternative to abortion and achieves the same result. There are 1.5 million American families wanting to adopt a child, therefore there is no such thing as an unwanted child (balancedpolitics.org).

Having an abortion can result in medical complications later in life. The risk of ectopic pregnancies doubles and the chance of having a miscarriage and pelvic inflammatory disease also increase (abortion.procon.org). There will not only be serious harmful and long lasting physical consequences but emotional, psychological, and spiritual consequences as well. With doing very little research anyone could see that there are obvious medical problems that come out of having an abortion.

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In the instance a woman is raped or incest occurs, there is proper medical care that can ensure the woman will not get pregnant. Rape is a horrible crime that leaves women in a state of mental, physical, and emotional instability. A woman becomes pregnant as a result of rape less than one percent of the time, but when she does become pregnant abortion will not take away the trauma, pain, or nightmares it will just add to them. Two wrongs do not make a right!

Abortion should not be used as a form of contraception. There are few abortions that are performed because a woman has been a victim of rape or incest or because a pregnancy would endanger her life, or because she expects to have a handicapped or deformed newborn. Most abortions are performed because a man and woman who do not want to have a baby are having sexual intercourse and facing pregnancies they did not want or plan for, because their contraception failed or they failed to use contraception, so they resort to abortion as a backup. If two people are responsible enough to engage in sexual intercourse they need to take responsibility for the possible outcomes of their actions.

Some women demand complete control of their body, control should include preventing the risk of unwanted pregnancy through the responsible use of contraception, and if that is not possible through abstinence. Although, the baby in the womb is not "her body" it is a separate human life that is protected by God's law and the constitution of the United States. Not only does our government have the right but also has the duty to prevent murder of helpless innocent babies in the womb. The Declaration of Independence states that, “That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”(abortion.procon.org). Clearly abortions are violating the rights of “Life”. We are giving these unborn fetuses no chance at life.

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Many Americans that pay taxes are against having an abortion. Therefore it is morally wrong to use tax...
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