Argumentative Essay: The Ethical Issue Of Abortion

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Did you know that in the United States an abortion occurs every 25 seconds? This equates to 137 abortions per hour or 3,300 abortions every day, which is more that 1.3 million abortions every year! Abortion has always been a controversial topic and even more so since the 1973 Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court ruling. Most people have very strong opinions about abortion and inadvertently form their opinions without knowing all of the facts. Abortion should be abolished because it is killing innocent human beings, causes health risks in women, and defies the religious and ethical standards of our country. In 1973, the United States Supreme Court ruled that under the 14th Amendment, abortion is a woman’s decision. The ruling, in the case of “Roe vs. Wade”, further states a woman has a right to an abortion until “viability” which is defined as being able to live outside of the mother’s womb. Viability usually occurs around 28 weeks or 7 months. This means that a woman can abort a baby just two months before it is born. I strongly disagree with this ruling because this is killing innocent babies. Furthermore, many medical doctors confirm the fetus can feel pain as early as 18 weeks. Dr. Emidio Novembre spoke before the U.S. House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee. According to Dr. Novembre, “The fetus can perceive the pain, feel the pain and tries to avoid the pain. The fetus is a person and the person wants to live” (Reinhard). The fetus pain debate goes back at least as far as 1984, when President Ronald Reagan said, “Medical-science doctors confirm that when the lives of the unborn are snuffed out, they often feel pain, pain that is long and agonizing” (Yarrow). This evidence proves the fetus is a person and the attempts to kil... ... middle of paper ... ... abortion is a woman’s right in situations of rape and incest. However, these types of abortions make up less than 2% of all abortions occurring in the United States each year. Instead of carrying out abortions in these cases, one should examine the options of adoption or allowing the baby to be raised by a family member. In addition, my fundamental Christian beliefs stand firm to the fact that one must consider all options except abortion. In conclusion, abortion should be banned in the United States. Abortion has claimed the lives of over 1.3 million unborn babies every year. It also causes many health problems to the mothers, such as life-threatening infections and other prolonged effects. A multitude of ethical and religious reasons exist to ban abortion. How would you feel if you were an unborn baby who didn’t have a say on whether you get to live or die?

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