With the pressures of peers come the pressures of sex. More and more of America’s youth are becoming sexually active and less and less of this youth use a form of sexual protection. Unprotected sex may lead to an unwanted pregnancy, and in turn, abortion. This does not pertain only to teenage pregnancies but adult pregnancies as well. Women on all ages are choosing to abort for various reasons such as financial instability, emotional instability, and even shame. Although abortion is becoming a ubiquitous and popular practice for an unplanned pregnancy, it is not the solution. Abortion has more potential hazards than benefits and this medical procedure should be banned and made illegal.
Abortion is an inhumane for of murder and immoral to the developing fetus. This medical procedure does not give an unwanted child a chance at life, therefore “almost 1 out of 4 American babies are aborted” (Bender, David and Bruno Leone 28) Abortion does not grant the child a say in his or her future. It takes away his or her life without considering the child’s potential. Abortion has become so common that “every year in America, 1.5 million abortions are performed. This statistic has been used to portray abortion as a modern-day Holocaust... Each abortion kills an unborn child... Just as the Jewish Holocaust in Nazi Germany was legal but morally wrong, abortion is legal buy not moral” (Bender, David and Bruno Leone 27) Like the Holocaust, abortion kills a significant number of innocent children. The Holocaust is viewed as mass murder and if abortion can be depicted as a present day Holocaust, it considered as mass murder as well. Abortion is murder in the most inhumane fore. In methods such as dilation and curettage, “the cervix is dilated or stretched to permit the insertion of a loop shaped steel knife. The body of the baby is cut up into pieces and removed and the placenta is scraped off the uterine wall” (Abortion: Some Medical Facts). Just the though of slicing a fetus into pieces is inhumane. Intentionally doing this to one’s own child is wrong. Some may argue that the fetus technically has no developed nerves to feel this pain, but it is no excuse for this murder. A life is deliberately being taken away and although a fetus has not matured into a full infant, it is still life. “Moreover from that moment of conception, the child continues to develop and to grow... From that the ovum is fertilized a life has begun, which neither that of the father nor the mother; it is rather a live of a new human being with his [or her] own growth” (Bender, David and Bruno Leone 71). There is something alive within the mother’s womb when a sperm fertilizes an egg. A life is being created in the form of a baby. It is immoral to end a life of an unborn child who has no choice. It is like taking away the child’s right to live and breathe. It is cruel for a mother to choose to abort, to choose to kill her own child growing inside of them. Therefore, abortion is wrong and should be made illegal.
Mothers of an unplanned pregnancy always have the option of adoption. In “an open adoption permits the birth mother to select her child’s adoptive parents. A closed adoptions, meanwhile, results in the birth mother relinquishing all rights over the child and allows a state administrative agency to conduct the selection process” (Adoption LII/Legal information Insistute). These two types of adoption enable the mother to have even more alternatives to abortion. Furthermore, there are several other types of adoption such as public, private, kinship, stepparent, transracial and intercountry/international. In choosing adoption, the mother is saving her child while giving he or she to someone else who will provide the child with a better life. Not only is the child gaining from adoption but the mother benefits as well. In adoption, “there is no cost to the [biological mother if she chooses it]. In fact, pregnancy-related expenses are paid for by the adoptive...
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