Abortion is not the right choice
Too many people in our country are having thoughtless and out of control sexual relationships without planning or even thinking of the consequences. Unfortunately, this leads to a countless number of abortions which are considerably high. Ever since its legalization, abortion has been a huge argumentative topic. Since 1973, it has been a woman’s choice to decide whether she wanted to abort or deliver her baby. Therefore, the debate is between people who are for and those who are against abortion. The anti-abortion view is called pro-life while freedom of choice is known as pro-choice. Some pro-choice people, who believe that abortion should be allowed in all circumstances and for all women, go beyond the line of reason to emphasize their view on freedom of choice. One such article was written in 2009, by Jacob M. Appel, who states that it’s time for an abortion pride movement. He declares that abortion is a wise moral choice; therefore, women and men should be proud of abortions that take place in our country. Even though there are circumstances that require abortion for the sake of the mother’s health, most of them are done because of convenience. Nevertheless, abortion numbers have increased to such a degree that some people would consider it as a form of genocide. Thus, America is in need for a set of changes that would make abortion safe, legal, but rare. According to Jacob M. Appel, it’s time for an abortion pride movement. He declares that deciding not to bring the fetus to term for whatever reason is a courageous and noble moral choice. Even though some people do not think that a fetus is a human being, it’s well known that the cluster of cells eventually turn into a baby. Therefore, the belief that the fetus is not human is the same as thinking that the brain in an infant is not a brain because it’s not fully developed. Similarly to the fetus, a baby’s brain is a cluster of cells which has to grow and develop before acquiring proper functions. Appel goes on to say that women should not merely have the right to end unwanted pregnancies, but they should have the right to be proud of having done so. Surely there is nothing crueler in life as to kill an innocent human being and be proud of it. How about being proud someone raped or murdered another human being because they wanted to? How about being proud of those who sexually harass and abuse children because they decided that it was the best choice? No, we believe that abortion is totally different due to the fact that the mother gets to decide what to do with her baby. Therefore, if a mother loses her unborn child as a result of someone else’s purposeful actions, it’s considered manslaughter or murder just because she wanted the baby to live. However, if she decides that the pregnancy is an inconvenience, the baby automatically turns to something below human. Such thoughts are insane and beyond morality. Therefore, the human population needs to change their thoughts and view abortion in a different perspective. The question about abortion comes down to the very same argument on when exactly does humanity begin. A fertilized egg that undergoes cell division and growth, which is what happens at conception, can be nothing but alive. To claim that human life begins at any other moment other than at conception is to deny a fundamental scientific reality. The majority of Americans know that a person’s existence begins at conception; however, some still try to argue that life begins at birth. Therefore, Appel declares that according to the polls on embryonic stem cell research, many people believe that life begins after conception. However, he does not specify how long after conception does life begin. Nevertheless, his view about abortion pride implies that life does not exist before birth. Even uneducated pregnant mothers know their baby is alive when they hear the heartbeat, see the ultrasound, and feel the kicking inside their body....
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