Mapping an Argument
The first article chosen was Abortion Is a Form of Genocide by Meredith Eugene Hunt. The issue in this article is “abortion as a form of genocide is accurate by historical and accepted standards of the word’s definition” (Abortion, 2010). I highlighted this as the issue because it includes everything the author is trying to prove to the reader. Hunt wants to make it known that she believes abortion is a form of genocide even though the parameters fit loosely. She also points to the fact that history has shown evidence of genocide, and she uses that history to show the similarities between genocide and abortion. Hunt is making an argument that is both deductive and inductive. In some cases she gives proof in her accusations of the terms abortion and genocide. On the other hand, at times she offers supporting information intended to sway the reader to her side of the argument. The first conclusion in the article is “abortion does not fit in perfectly with the original use” with the premise being “Hunt identifies the origin of the term “genocide” (Abortion, 2010). This is a valid deductive argument because the term genocide is factual and therefore abortion not fitting exactly into that definition can only be true. The next conclusion found was “abortion could have genocidal characteristics, but would not qualify as genocide legally”, and the premise is “unwanted preborn children as a group are not “national, ethnic, racial, or religious” (Abortion, 2010). There is an unstated premise here, that unborn babies are not considered as a living, breathing human. This argument is inductive, because the premise is purely based on how an individual sees the situation. Some may see unborn babies as people as soon as the egg is fertilized, but others may require an actual heart beat. As a whole the article’s main conclusion is that “abortion does not do the reality justice, this is why genocide is the most accurate term we have now” (Abortion, 2010)....
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