Abortion Debates

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Abortion Debates The debate surrounding abortion has a renewed tension due to the recent attempts of President Bush and conservatives to limit a woman’s right to choose. The issue is so divisive because it deals with death and human rights, and the exhausting question of whether or not the unborn human organism has full moral rights. Pro-life advocates claim that abortion is murder and cannot be justified, while pro-choice advocates claim that women have the right to decide what happens to their bodies. The president should support right for women to seek abortion during all terms of pregnancy because the majority of population support the right to seek an abortion and for the health of woman involved. He should also discourage biased measures such as mandatory waiting periods, informed consent, parental notification, and TRAP laws. In place of these ineffective measures, the candidate should obtain international guidance from countries with successful sexual education programs. We suggest a pro-choice stance, while also demonstrating a sincere interest in lowering the abortion rate. Part of what accounts for the divisiveness of the issue is the marked differences in social backgrounds among those with competing viewpoints. Religious belief is the most significant factor that has an affect on abortion opinions (Driedger, Halli 131); a study done a decade ago concluded that views on abortion corilated directly to their acceptence of Chirstian belief (Kelley, 592). Pro choice women tend to make more money, to be better education, and less intereseted in religious doctrine (Luker 226). Amount marriend pro-life women only 14% report income (Driedger, Halli 130) These differences are tied to opposing beliefs about women’s fami... ... middle of paper ... ...-trends: Abortion.” Public Opinion Quarterly. Chicago: Fall 2003. Vol 67, Iss 3, p. 407. 3/24/04. {scholarly primary, print via internet in complete form, authoritative} Staggenborg, S. “Abortion as a Social Problem.” In Jackson, R.M. Sociology: Social Foundations of Public Issues. McGraw-Hill: 2003. pp. 210-223. {scholarly primary, print, authoritative} Thomson, Judith Jarvis. “A Defense of Abortion.” In Sher, George. Moral Philosophy. New York: Harcourt Brace. 1996. pp. 720-734 {scholarly primary, print, reputable} The Washington Post. “Clinton cancels abortion restrictions of Reagan-Bush era; Gag rule on clinics, federal ban on fetal tissue research are lifted.” The Washington Post. Washington: Jan 23, 1993. Pg. A01. 3/30/04. {distinguished news, print via internet in complete form, authoritative}
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