Abortion Essay Research Paper Abortion one of

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Abortion Essay, Research Paper Abortion, one of the most controversial issues debated today, can easily be broken down into two distinct viewpoints: those who support abortion and those opposed to abortion. Pro-life and Pro-choice viewpoints are at the complete opposites of the spectrum and argue every issue from murder to morals and values to violence. In the two articles about abortion, “Abortion Is a Selfish choice,” and “Abortion Is Not A Selfish Choice,” each side argues their case and justifies their position. The first article “Abortion Is a Selfish Choice,” acknowledges that those who choose abortion are acting in their own self-interest while the opposing article, “Abortion Is Not a Selfish Choice,” argues that the fundamental issue in the abortion

debate is the right of women to make their own decisions about reproduction. Both viewpoints provide reasons to question one?s own strongly held opinions. According to the authors of Opposing Viewpoints, “Careful examinations of others? views can lead to the readers? understanding of the logical inconsistencies in their own opinions, perspectives on why they hold an opinion, and the consideration of the possibility that their opinion requires further evaluation” (Bender and Leone, 11). Both articles provide extensive examinations over selfishness and abortion and from my own experiences with abortion I believe it is a selfish choice. In the first article, “Abortion Is a Selfish Choice,” Mother Teresa argues the position that those who choose abortion are making a selfish

choice. Mother Teresa states that “Abortion destroys one?s ability to love because people who choose abortion do so to avoid the hurt that unselfish love of their children would require” (48). In the article, there are three key points that Mother Teresa stresses. First, she acknowledges “Breaking the Peace,” then “Abortion Leads to Violence,” and finally “Adoption, Not Abortion.” In these three subtopics, Mother Teresa not only acknowledges that abortion is a selfish choice, but by reading her carefully balanced views, it enables us to understand the full complexity of her argument. In her first subtopic, “Breaking the Peace,” Mother Teresa argues that abortion is taking the love of a child and this is where love and peace must begin. Mother Teresa pleads,

“But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by mother herself” (49). In Mother Teresa?s next subtopic, “Abortion Leads to Violence,” she observes that, “A country that accepts abortion is not teaching people to love, but to use violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion” (50). Mother Teresa states her clear position on abortion here and continues arguing that the child is God?s gift to the family and each child is created in the special image and likeness of God (51). The third main topic in Mother Teresa?s article, “Adoption, Not Abortion,” concludes that a mother should put her child up for adoption

rather than use abortion as their only alternative. Mother Teresa defends her position about adoption by stating that “We are fighting abortion by adoption – by care of the mother and adoption for her baby. We have saved thousands of lives?By adopting a child, these couples receive Jesus, by aborting a child, a couple refuses to receive Jesus” (51). Here, mother Teresa concludes that adoption is the best solution, and in her closing, she compares abortion to poverty. In Mother Teresa?s conclusion she observes: When I pick a person from the street, hungry, I give him a plate of rice, a piece of bread. But a person who is shut out, who feels unwanted, unloved, terrified, the person who has been thrown out of society – that spiritual poverty is much harder to overcome. And