Someone the World Will Never Know
How would you feel if someone decided that you should never get a chance at life? Over 1.3 million abortions are done yearly in the USA and 43 million worldwide have been the steady number for several years now. Ever since the case of Roe v. Wade in 1973, abortion has been one of the most contentious issues in our society. On the one hand, the pro-choice perspective believes that a woman should have the right to choose what is right for her and her situation, but on the refutal the pro-life perspective feels that all children should have the right to live. The legality of abortion is hotly debated in society today. To end an innocent child's life using rather horrific procedures is not only unethical for the doctors to perform, but is morally wrong.
A woman should have the right to chose what she pleases with her body, for several reasons. If a woman cannot provide for a child, what good is it to bring that child into a world where all it will know is starvation and poverty? Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor said “The ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the Nation has been facilitated by their ability to control their reproductive lives” (Abortion 1). Through the case court of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Supreme Court Justice O’Connor stated the belief that women should have the right to control what they want to do with their own bodies. Another argument pro choice is that a woman should be able to have an abortion if the baby is causing harm to the mother. “Between 1967 and 1990, only 151 abortions have been carried out to save the mother's life, a figure amounting to 0.004% of all abortions.”(Jarmulowicz, 5). Although these are relevant facts for the pro choice argument, abortion is never the answer.
Abortion is the legal form of murder. Murdering an unborn child, is the same as murdering a living one. Just because the fetus has no say and is not tangible yet, does not mean we have the right to murder the being. I believe that no matter the circumstance abortion is not right. “It is often said by pro-lifers that if there was a window into the womb, there would be fewer abortions. Probably so. Quite rightly, if we could see the miracle of life unfolding, there would no doubt be less desire to destroy it. But more to the point, if abortion were somehow made mandatory for all of society, there would doubtlessly be fewer abortions still. As it is, however, abortions are performed in places that are walled off from the public; and 2 million unborn are killed each year in this country in complete anonymity. Some of the insulation is obviously due to the abortion centers becoming focal points of violence. Nevertheless, it is valid to ask whether abortion would be as popular if all of us could see what the abortionist sees.” (Mckenzie 31). This quote shows that although abortion is a very public issue, that many of the people fighting for pro choice have no idea the real process of abortion because of its underground and behind the scenes action. If as many people knew what really happened in abortion centers and the abortion process, less abortions would occur. In many states, legislation has adopted a law regarding the punishment of murdering an unborn child. Through the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, it states any offender who attempts to or actually kills an unborn child, shall be punished. (NRLC 1). These facts all travel back to the main of idea that abortion should not be legal because of all the ethical wrong doings it is committing.
Having an abortion is not only damaging to the mother but also to the fetus. Although many have said that because the fetus is unborn, an abortion can do no harm because they will not feel the pain of the process. Most of the time that women decide to have abortions, the fetus is already about a month old, which means it is developing quickly and may have developed pain senses. I believe that...
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