Should Abortion be Illegal?
EGR 104 Critical Inquiry
Abortion is defined as: “the termination of pregnancy and expulsion of an embryo or of a fetus that is incapable of survival.” However, if only the debate over abortion was as simple as the definition provided above. Much like every aspect of human life, a statement is neither right nor wrong, but simply left up to interpretation. There are no black and white areas only gray areas. Some issues tend to provide us more gray area than others. Abortion is a prime example of that. Those who refute the abortion claim that is the murder of helpless baby who has not yet had the chance to live and function as a human being. However, the debate opposite it is just as fervent: it is a woman’s right to choose what happens to her body, and if she decides that she is not capable of binging a child into this world, than she shouldn’t be forced to out of nature. Where do we draw the line in between humane and inhumane, necessitated death and murder? When does a woman’s right over her internal reproductive organs become that of the government’s? Is abortion right or wrong? Are rape, incest and potential fatality to the mother exceptions when abortion is “okay”? Are we there truly at all? So many questions are raised by such a fervent debate, that we must look at both sides of the issue to better understand it in a general question, but yet with a thorough approach.
As expected, there are many people that are opposed to abortion. These groups are referred to as “pro-life advocates”, basically they advocate for the life of the baby over the woman’s right to choose. Groups such as Human life International (HLI), The Christian Coalition and many othe...
... middle of paper ...
...on that one chooses to understand those gray areas with is what will ultimately answer their own personal questions about morality, or the lack of, of abortion. I believe that abortion is against God’s word, in most instances. In the case of rape or incest I think that a woman, or a girl, should be able to choose. A woman has to make a choice that she can live with.
Jone Johnson Lewis. (n.d.). Retrieved 07 26, 2011, from About.com: womenshistory.about.com/od/abortionuslegal/p/roe_v_wade.htm
LUKER, K. (n.d.). Retrieved from sociology.berkeley.edu/profiles/luker/cv.pdf
Lunneborg, Patricia W. Abortion: A Positive Decision. New York, N.Y. 1992. Bergin & Garvey Publications http://www.essortment.com/articles/abortion_laws_100000.htm http://www.abortionfacts.com/statistics/statistics.asp