Abortion ProChoice Or ProLife Essay Research Paper

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Abortion: Pro-Choice Or Pro-Life Essay, Research Paper Daniels 1 Kimberly Daniels Ms. Clara Wright English IV 21 January 2000 Abortion: Pro-Choice or Pro-Life Controlling Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explain the pro-choice and pro-life controversy of receiving an abortion. I. Introduction A. Definition of abortion. II. Thesis statement A. Pro-choice B. Pro-Life III. The views A. The moral viewpoint B. The murder viewpoint C. The restriction viewpoint D. The parental consent viewpoint E. The rape justification viewpoint F. The safe viewpoint IV. Conclusion A. First Amendment Daniels 2 Abortion: Pro-Choice or Pro-Life “ But oh, thrice guilty is he who drove her to desperation which impelled her to the crime [abortion]” (Susan B. Anthony, 1869). In the Scott,

Foresman Advanced Dictionary, Thorndike and Barnhart defined abortion as the removal of a developing embryo or fetus from the uterus to terminate a pregnancy before birth resulting in death of the fetus (3). The abortion issue has become one of the world’s most controversial problems of today. This issue is divided into two sides, pro-life and pro-choice. They focus on different aspects of receiving an abortion. At one end we have the pro-choice advocate—those who focus on women’s right. The pro-choice supporters have reason to believe the fetus is only a potential human being. It has no right whatsoever, because the right belongs to the woman carrying the fetus, and it is she who decides on the length of time of the pregnancy. On the other end we have the pro-life —those

who oppose abortion and focus on the fetus rights. They believe the fetus is a human being and has just as much legal right as the parents. The Bible states that everybody was created in the image of God. Therefore, taking the life of an innocent child is like killing the image of God. In the Bible, God said that thou shall not murder. Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus has defined murder as the unlawful and intentional killing of a human being (133). Is abortion moral or immoral? According to pro-life supporters, the unborn child is entrusted to the protection and care of the mother carrying it and yet the majority of the Daniels 3 time it is the mother herself who makes the choice of whether or not the child should be aborted. The decision to abort the child may have come

from problems dealing with the health of the mother or standard or living for the family. However, these excuses never justify the intentional killing of an innocent person. Many people claim that an embryo is not considered human life. Supporters believe that human life starts at the fertilization of the ovum. Human life is sacred at every moment of existence. In the opinion of pro-choicer advocate, birth is not always the right choice, because it may be “socially disfunctional, morally irresponsible, or even cruel.” (Abortion, 24) Many women who knew that life would only bring pain for their children choose to have an abortion. They feel that it would be better if the child wasn’t born at all. Even though it kills human life, abortion is in fact, the moral choice to make

when would be mothers are as certain that their present circumstances do not enable them to raise a would-be child responsibly. Contrary to popular accusations it is not the decision to abort, but the decision to have a child that is treated with the insufficient gravity in our society (Quinn, Abortion, 25). To many pro-life advocates, abortion is a form of holocaust. They have compared abortion to the Nazi’s termination of the Jews. The number of aborted babies is staggering: 4,000 on a daily basis, over 1.6million annually, and over 30 million in the 20 years after the United States Supreme court gave it proabortion decision in 1973. On a Daniels 4 yearly basis from 50 to 60 million abortions have been performed worldwide. The Nazi’s killed at least six million Jews. The