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Auguments about abortion

Auguments about Abortion

Abortion is one of the most controversial issues around, and is an issue that will never be

agreed upon. By bringing morals into the question of whether it should be legal to have

abortions, this issue has been elevated to a higher level. By some people, it is no longer

looked at as a question of choice but as a question of morality, and these concepts have led

to a full-blown debate over something that really should not be questioned.

Every women in America has the right to decide what to do with their bodies. No

government or group of people should feel that they have the right to dictate to a person

what path their lives should take. People who say that they are "pro-life" are in effect no

more than "anti-choice". These pro-lifers want to put the life and future of a women into

the hands of the government. Abortion, and the choice a women may make, is a very

private thing and should not be open to debate. The question of morality should not even

come into play when considering abortion, because in this case the question is not of

morality but of choice and constitutionality.

The ninth amendment states "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights,

shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." This in turn, is

guaranteeing a women the right to have an abortion. Pro-choice people say that abortion is

the killing of a child, but pro-choice people do not consider the fetus a child. A

philosopher, Mary Anne Warren, proposed that consciousness, reasoning, self-motivated

activity, and self awareness are factors that determine 'person-hood'.

But, a misconception that held is that people who are pro-choice are actually pro-

abortion. Many people that support the right of a women to decide what to do with her

own body may be personally against abortions. But, that does not mean that they think the

government should be able to pass laws governing what females do with their bodies. Pro-

choice people simply believe that it is the right of a women to assess her situation and

decide if a baby would be either beneficial or deleterious to her present life.

People that are against abortions do not take many things into consideration. One

thing they do not consider is how the life of a teenager may be ruined if they are not given

the option of abortion. Another thing not considered is the serious family strife that will

result if a baby is forced to be born. Pro-lifers are adamant about their beliefs and think

that they have an answer to every situation. Pregnant? Try adoption. Pregnant? They

will help you support the baby. What ever the women's situation may be, pro-lifers will not

change their stand.

Many people that are pro-life suggest adoption as a viable alternative to abortion.

But, in reality, this is not a good answer. The fact is is that the majority of people looking

to adopt are middle class white couples. Another fact is is that most of the babies given up

for adoption (or that are aborted) are of a mixed race. And, the truth is, is that most of the

adopters do not want these type of children. This is a sad fact, but is true. Why else

would adopting couples be placed on a waiting list for a few years when there are so many

other kinds of babies out there. Would these pro-lifers rather see these children grow up as

wards of the state, living a life of sorrow and misery?

Pro-lifers are fighting for laws that will make abortion illegal. Do they really think

that this will stop abortions? The only thing a law against abortions will accomplish will be

to drive pregnant women to seek help in dark alleys and unsafe situations, resulting not

only in the termination of the pregnancy, but perhaps their own lives as well. In the 1940's

when abortion was illegal, there were still many cases of women seeking help elsewhere.

The only difference though, is that these women usually ended up dead because of

hemorrhaging or infection. If a woman wants an abortion, illegal or legal, nothing will stop

her. Why would pro-lifers, who supposedly put so much value in life, want to endanger

the live of another person?

It is true that if a law is passed against abortion, it may serve to prevent some

abortions. A women may not have enough money for an alley-way abortion and would

then have to carry their pregnancy to term. The results of this could be disastrous. First of

all, the mother would be depressed, probably would not get prenatal care, may drink, do

drugs, or any other thing she could do to perhaps harm the life of the baby. And, when the

baby finally is born, the mother may hate the baby, knowing that it has ruined her chance

of ever accomplishing her goals in life. If these 'women forced into motherhood' do

happen to keep their child, there is a good chance of child abuse and neglect. These

unwanted children, raised by the state or unloving parents, would then give birth to another

generation of unwanted children. Also, in some desperate situations, new mothers may

have the idea that since they could not have an abortion they will kill their baby right after

birth, perhaps with the idea that they would get away with it and be able to start their life

afresh. When all of these situations are considered by an open-minded person, abortion

seems the better of them.

Radical pro-lifers fight for the lives of children and then go and destroy the lives of

abortion doctors. Does this mean that they place more value on the live of a bundle of

cells and tissues than they do on a human being? Contradictions such as these lead many

pro-choice people to believe that pro-lifers are close-minded, immovable, radicals.

Pro-lifers may say to all of these arguments that any of these situations would be

preferable to abortion. The important thing, they believe, is that these children will be

living. They say that when a women goes to get an abortion the fetus is given no choice.

But, in effect, what they really are saying is that the power of choice should be taken away

from the mothers, giving the unborn child an opportunity to be brought into a loveless,

lonely, and uncaring world.

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