The topic of abortion is one of the most controversial issues in today’s society. Thousands of abortions take place every single day, and yet public opinion remains at a standstill as to whether or not abortion is ethical or not. According to a poll in 2013, fifty-four percent of the American public believes that the practice of abortion should be legal in all or most cases (“Public Opinion on Abortion”) Abortion has been defined as “the act of removing a human embryo or fetus from the uterus of a pregnant woman prior to the completion of the full term of pregnancy”(Rich, Wagner, and Geraldine). There are very strong opinions for and against this issue, but no one can deny the vast gray area of abortion. A person’s stance on the situation is often determined by how he views the fetus: a part of the mother’s body or as a human being.
All vehicles have multiple parts to them that can be taken away or can be added to them. But, once a child is taken away, they are gone forever, that specific child can never be brought back into the world unlike a machine such as a car. A single celled organism is considered a life; therefore, an unborn fetus should be considered a life as well. Sometimes, the circumstances surrounding a pregnancy may be tragic. Perhaps the woman was raped and became pregnant, the baby had been diagnosed with a defect, or the woman’s health might be at risk.
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An Insight on Abortion Abortion is can be defined as the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy (Dordon,2012). It is sensitive but yet popular topic that brings a lot of debate in both the government and as well as with religion and everyday life (Gauthier, 1986). Why is abortion such a controversial issue? The reason for this is because with abortion it allows a woman to put an end to their pregnancy when they want too (Korsgaard, 2013). The problem with that is when women do that they are also abolishing the life of a primitive embryo, also known as a fetus.
Since 1973, after Roe v. Wade legalized abortion nationwide there have been approximately 56,000,000 abortions. That’s about 1.2 million abortions a year (NRLC). This has become a sad trend for pro-life groups. Unfortunately, if abortions were not legalized women would be going through great lengths to get illegal abortions and this could jeopardize their health. This includes by having infections due to unsanitary equipment, like the famous wire hanger, never being fertile again or even death.
That’s approximately 1.4 million abortions performed annually. The topic of abortion has also made the nation politically divided, as a result of many see abortion as killing a child, while the other side of the debate, many see it as it is the woman’s right to choose if she’s ready for a child or not. I personally feel that no matter what gestational age the fetus and or child may be, anesthesia should be given to relieve the pain, if any, to the fetus. Although abortion has been the center of frequent arguments, the question remains if the child endures the pain during the abortion procedure. Much of this research has been practiced by neurologists, p... ... middle of paper ... ...ey are in fact human.
Most people do not know the exact term of what an abortion is. Many women just expect to go to the doctor take a pill (if it is an early stage of pregnancy) or have a procedure done to remove the baby, but what is really being done here? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines abortion as the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus. It is almost impossible to find a definition that explains abortion without a noun having to do with death. “We know that it’s killing, but the state permits killing under certain circumstances.”(Sender 1) Dr. Neville Sender, an abortionist, says about his procedures.
Another reason for abortion to be legal is if the mother had done drugs or drank lots of alcohol, while being pregnant. If she had no idea she was pregnant but had done all of that stuff she could have an abortion, because the child would have problems or live a hard life, because of all of the drugs and stuff the mother had one. There have been over fifty million babies being aborted every two years. This is what causes a big problem in the United States. So why do woman decide on going through with abortion?
While “88.7% of all abortions take place by the twelfth week of pregnancy” (Operation Rescue). Having an abortion is wrong because life begins at conception so its murder, there are better options, and it can cause serious medical complications later in life. First and foremost, having an abortion is murder to the most vulnerable being in the world. An abortion is the same as taking away a humans ability to live which is immoral. Professor Paul Campos at the University of Colorado explains it by saying “whether or not abortion should be legal turns on the question of whether and at which point a fetus is a person…” A fetus becomes a person at conception.
Oklahoma’s abortion laws have brought on national attention in regards to the state’s attempt to reduce access to abortion, specifically, a law that was passed in 2011, which restricts or prevents doctors from prescribing the drug “mifeprex” that is used to induce medicinal abortion (Henry). Since then, some of the states abortion laws, such as; requiring women who want abortions to hold an ultrasound in front of them while they hear a description of the baby, have been deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court (Talley). Other laws on the matter, however, are still enforced. Such as; criminal bans on abortion, bans on abortion exceeding 20 weeks, refusal to provide medical services, ... ... middle of paper ... ..., 2013. Print.