Argumentative Essay on Pros and Cons of Abortion
Abortion is a very sensitive issue. Many people are constantly debating whether or not abortion should be allowed or not. Some people think abortion is very bad and that it should not be allowed at all. They think abortion is like committing murder as it is killing the human fetus. Others feel that the parents should have the right to choose and it is not murder until the baby is born. People who think it is bad say that the fetus is something alive, a human being who is partly formed and to do abortion is to kill it and commit murder. The people who think it is ok say that it is not murder until and unless the child is born. I think that abortion has to be seen about which stage the fetus is in. If it is in the very early stage, then it is not murder. But if it has already developed into a larger fetus, it can be considered as murder.
There are other times when abortion is also fine. For example if there is a complication in pregnancy and the mother can suffer because of the child, I think it is ok to do abortion. It is important to understand the various ideas that go behind abortion. The right of an abortion for a mother should be left on her own decision as the mother knows best about her condition. She is going to be the 'host body' for the baby, even though her own, for nine months and according to Thompson, the mother should have the right to decide if she wants to foster and go through with the ordeal.
Abortion should not be considered as murder in the early stage, which is the first ten to twelve weeks. Scientific research has proven that even though the fetus starts to develop a face, arms, legs, etc by the tenth week, it does not have a consciousness and it does not constitute as a human being. There have been many arguments over what is right about abortion and what is not. The Pro-Life activists claim that it is an absolute crime to have an abortion at any stage of pregnancy while some of the extreme pro-abortionists believe that the mother should have the right to kill her baby even a week before full birth. These two extremes form the continuum over which all the debate has been made over the past few years over the topic of abortions and no concrete decision has been derived out of them. It is, however, common sense that prevails and leads a person to hold a position that a fetus is not exactly a human being during the first few weeks of conception and that a mother is morally, ethically, and medically permitted to undergo an abortion if she wishes as such (Niebuhr).
People who think like this, such as the National Organization for Women, want abortion to remain legal and allowed as they think that everyone has a right to choose whether they want to keep the baby or kill it. I think it all comes down to realizing when exactly the act of abortion can become murder. For this, many people think of the ideas about exactly when the human fetus becomes a human being. Many people, those who are pro-life and against abortion, consider the fetus as a human being, as a person from the moment that the cell is conceived. Thompson writes there are many people in this world who think that a fetus is a human being as soon as it is conceived, but that is not the case. A fetus is not human until very late in the pregnancy and in the first few weeks it is only a biological entity that is amidst its developmental stage.
It can be very difficult to exactly state at which point the embryo becomes human being. However, many people agree on the fact that the fetus takes up human form and becomes a human a long time before birth. If they think of the fetus as a human being right when it is conceived, then abortion at any stage would be considered as murder. But even then, is the baby not part of the mother? And does she not have the right to choose to kill her baby if she wants to?
Overall, throughout the many years of American history, a constant debate has been made on finding out whether abortion is good or bad. The people who think that abortion is good are called abortionists and those who think it is bad are called non-abortionist. They have been debating for a very long time and they have protested strongly. In 2003, President Bush signed a law to prevent abortion procedures through out the country. This sparked a lot of controversy and organizations like National Organization for Women opposed this strongly. They think it is the invasion of the rights of women. This group wants abortion to remain legal and accessible as they think that everyone has a right to choose whether they want to keep the baby or kill it.
So, even though many people want abortion, and others do not want it, it is not a clear line and no one has been able to find a decisive definition of when abortion becomes murder and when it should be allowed. All in all, it should be left up to the mother and the father to decide if they want to go abortion. But the choice should not be left up to them after the embryo has developed to a stage where it gets the human traits. They should only be allowed to do abortion in the first ten to twelve weeks of pregnancy and doctors should not allow them to do abortion if the fetus is in the later stages of development. This should be the law in all states and it should be put into effect everywhere at once. This would make it equal in all states and no parents could cheat the law by driving to another state and getting abortion done there. Abortion is a serious issue and it should be researched upon more. The problems with the abortionists and the non-abortionists should be solved with active dialogue.
Niebuhr, Reinhold. Moral Man and Immoral Society: A Study in Ethics and Politics. Charles Scribner's Sons. 1932.
Thompson, Judith Jarvis. “A Defense of Abortion.” Philosophy and Public Affairs, 1, (1). 1971
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Has abortion become a modern life casualty? There may be many "yes" and equal number of "no", voicing their opinion over this, thus strengthening the arguments revolving around this issue. The fact of the matter is that most of the statistics concerning abortion do not depict a satisfactory picture. In fact, abortion has always been a heated subject amongst the masses as people have their own school of thoughts regarding it.
That being said, there are many laws governing the legality of this issue. While in as much as 30 countries, abortion is legalized, remaining countries have partial restrictions or complete ban on abortion, unless life of the mother is at stake. You would be surprised to know that abortion caused due to rape and other health complications account to nearly 7%, while the remaining cases of abortion are primarily a result of personal and social issues. It�s interesting to learn the pros and cons of abortion as it offers us a great insight about this issue. Let�s move on to the pros and cons of abortion.
-By all accounts, abortion appears like an awful crime. After all, abortion implies denying someone a well-deserved life. Just because the odds are not in our favor, can we deprive someone the chance to live?
-By terminating a life, can we justify our acts? A baby is often considered as a God�s gift, and it�s believed that every living being has a purpose behind his/her birth. By tampering with a life, aren�t we acting against the creator of the world?
-Having an abortion done always carries the risk of not being able to become pregnant ever again in life.
-Abortion can also lead to serious health complications, and in some cases the worst case scenario can be death.
-It often leads to unwanted memories, which can result into great stress and depression. Some women experience a feeling of guilt, which lasts for their whole lifetime. In short, abortion can turn out to be a lifetime worth of burden.
-Sometimes life can be really harsh on us. There are times when abortion may appear as the only option for the betterment. Although a mother may have a hard time opting for this option, she may eventually consider this soul-killing decision, keeping in mind all the pros and cons of this decision.
-At the end of the day, a mother has to go through the actual labor pain and other issues involved with parenting and juggling responsibilities. Others can�t precisely gauge or understand the level of trauma that a woman may be experiencing in her personal life. She is the only person who knows best, if she would be able to take care of the unplanned child or not. We all know that it�s merely impossible to raise a child without family support and finance in hand. To a great extent, the life of the baby depends upon the mother�s health.
-In some cases, medical emergencies compel a woman to resort to this action. There is a possibility that her own life might be at risk, if she delivers the child.
-Some of the rape victims can be minors. They wouldn�t be mentally or physically prepared to take care of the newborn baby. Why should such victims go through the ordeal of bearing a child, which is a product of some unfortunate incident of their life?
-Technologies have enabled disease detection amongst unborn babies. Giving life to an unhealthy baby and watching it suffer all day and night can be highly jeopardizing for the family as well as the newborn child.
-Can a woman be forced to produce a life? Giving life to an unwanted child might invite world of troubles for both mother and the child. So, are we being fair to the child?
Whether you agree or not, abortion will always play an active role in our society. In the US itself, more than 4000 cases of abortion are reported on daily basis. While for one, abortion can be a highly miserable experience, to the other, having a forced child can be a highly miserable experience. It�s impossible to go by a rule book, when it comes to dealing with an issue, where human lives are at stake. At the end of the day, a mother has every right to decide the next move of her life!
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- Comment #1 (Posted by patty monje)
Thi$ i$ a very inter$ting article. Because for people that dont really now the effects or po$$ibility of what can happen to you. If you have an abortion.
- Comment #2 (Posted by Kaitlyn Macky)
I love this sight so much!
- Comment #3 (Posted by Random Schoolgirl)
I believe that abortion should be legal. I mean, what if someone gets raped? Don't you think that they should have the choice to get rid of a strangers child? What if the baby would be born into an unstable family? Wouldn't it be better for the child if they didn't suffer though that?
- Comment #4 (Posted by email@example.com)
I think that abortion is gross, and anyone that does it should be put into jail for murder.
- Comment #5 (Posted by Sandra)
This information was very useful for me it helped out alot, thank you and great job =]
- Comment #6 (Posted by an unknown user)
Outstanding, I learned so much.
- Comment #7 (Posted by Jeyle D)
Abortion shouldn't be allowed!! People who have done an abortion should be sentenced to jail for life.
- Comment #8 (Posted by Celeste)
Nice article, I am using this for school!
- Comment #9 (Posted by Marie Jane Mata)
I do not believe in abortion. Adoptions is always an option!
- Comment #10 (Posted by Krystle)
Most of this article was fine, but I didn't like the fact that the "Pros" didn't sounds like "Pros" they sounded more like facts.
- Comment #11 (Posted by Anonymous)
Personally, if I was raped and got pregnant, I am getting an abortion no matter what anyone says. I refuse to go through the pain of carrying a rapist's unwanted child, go through the pain of labor and birth and then give the child away only to have it find me some number of years later to learn I hated it.
- Comment #12 (Posted by Crystal)
I really like this article because abortion is a killing of a human being and it's wrong.
- Comment #13 (Posted by Jon)
I'm in a very bad situation! My wife and I have been married for almost three years and been together for 15! She had gotten pregnant from another man and is now 6 weeks pregnant! She is considering an abortion to keep our family together! I'm trying to support her with this! But she knows and I know that abortion is wrong! What should we do?
- Comment #14 (Posted by Tara)
THANKS! I actually memorised the whole article (Against part) and won the class argument the next day. Thanks
- Comment #15 (Posted by Amanda Young)
Thanks for the information you have given me, I'd be sure to use it.
- Comment #16 (Posted by Tony)
Abortion should be illegal. Anyone who even thinks about having an abortion is mentally messed up because that is killing someone's life that could happen. You could easily give the baby up for adoption instead of KILLING IT! Dang these ignorant people. #smh
- Comment #17 (Posted by an unknown user)
I am definitely against abortion! I can understand if the person is a rape victim, or has medical conditions; but why throw away a precious little life? ABORTION IS BASICALLY MURDER! A baby that is killed probably could have been a doctor or the president of the United States if it wasn't killed. If you are afraid that your child will have birth defects or Down syndrome, then DONT HAVE CHILDREN or you can put then for adoption! I bet that there are many couples who would love to adopt a child, probably because they can't have kids! Think about people who can't have kids!!! They would love to have kids, but they can't; the people who don't want kids but get pregnant just do abortion. IT'S SOOO WRONG! Did you know that approximately 93% of all induced abortions are done social or for elective, non-medical reasons... THAT'S SICK!!!!!!! Hopefully people can learn how to make smarter decisions and not do abortion.
- Comment #18 (Posted by jeanette perez)
- Comment #19 (Posted by Yayaalaniz0218@yahoo.com)
I used to be against abortions, but after being in college, not having a job & finding out I was pregnant, I chose to go through with terminating the pregnancy. It was something my fianc� & I disgusted extensively. We knew what our options were & thought through them thoroughly. Parenting isn't for everyone, neither is adoption. Everyone is different & people need to understand that.
- Comment #20 (Posted by Rachel)
Abortion as a form of birth control? Definitely not. Abortion in the case of rape? Should be considered depending on your beliefs. Abortion used when mother has a high probability of dying during child birth? Definitely an option. Abortion used when the unborn child will not be able to survive outside the womb? Should be considered depending on your beliefs. I, personally, would only have an abortion if my life depended on it. I am a single parent with two wonderful children who need me. If something happens to me, they have no one. They would go to the state, and not very many people can handle my 12 year old son with his mental and emotional issues. Therefore, if I can prevent my death in any way, I WILL do so, regardless of how I may feel afterwards. In ANY other instance, I would choose adoption if necessary. If raped, adoption (preferably closed). If the unborn child has deformities (according to the doctors via ultrasound), I would still carry the child to term, because there is always the possibility that the doctors could be wrong. However, I do NOT believe that I have the right to deny another mother the right to choose, no matter the circumstance. My personal beliefs aside, the bible tells us plainly that we should not judge each other. That should be left up to God himself. Do not judge, or you may be judged yourself. And Jesus himself said he who is without sin may throw the first stone. Therefore, I will NOT judge another human being or tell them whether abortion is right or wrong. It is not my place.
- Comment #21 (Posted by Nay)
Very helpful article! Excellent resource for my abortion essay that is due tomorrow!
- Comment #22 (Posted by Lacy)
OK, abortion should be legal. And to the people who said it shouldn't if it were you and you were raped would you want to keep the baby? What if the birth guaranteed your death? Even though adoption is an option what would it be like to see your child 20 years later and have them learn you didn't want them? All of the pain and risks along with financial stress could be gone. Think about it.
- Comment #23 (Posted by an unknown user)
Abortion is murder! There is no doubt about it.
- Comment #24 (Posted by Lena Noelle)
This really helped with my debate at school.
- Comment #25 (Posted by Stephanie)
Very informed and also found it more interesting than expected!
- Comment #26 (Posted by daniel franco)
- Comment #27 (Posted by leila)
this will also help me with my school essay
- Comment #28 (Posted by Anon)
Why allow abortion, it is killing the life of a human being, would you have liked your parents to have aborted you and taken your life away? No right then why do it to a unborn baby that is on its way to find a journey in life, I understand if a girl got raped, she would not want to have the baby but understand taking a life away is not the best option, the gift of being a mother is the most beautiful gift we can have as a women, you go through the stages of pregnancy and if that mean time you do not feel ready you can give the baby to adoption, that is the best option and now in days girls are just getting pregnant, it is not an accident anymore, why allow them to have an abortion, they have the effort to have a sexual relation now they have to learn the effort of becoming a mother and learning the consequences of their acts.
- Comment #29 (Posted by Anonymous)
I'm currently pregnant. Every parent wants the best for their child. I am a Black woman. I have the help of my child's father. I ask myself every day am I doing a good service by bringing my child into this world. Is my child going to have the same opportunities as the other children? I know my child will face discrimination. Is it worth it? If my baby is a boy he will be ostracized and be labeled as a thug and a menace. If my baby's a girl she will already have two strikes against her, being Black and a woman in this world. She will face double the discrimination. I wish I could protect my baby from the world and make sure my baby has a fair advantage. The US hasn't changed how it feels towards people of other racial backgrounds in the last 50 years. How can I guarantee it will in the next 5 to 10 years? Those who are prolife should think twice about judging people who choose to abort. You don't understand what people go through when they make the decision to abort. Quite frankly I feel my baby will be better off not being in a world like this. I feel like I'm being selfish by keeping my baby. I really hope I'm doing what's right for my child. I don't want my child to grow up and be depressed.
- Comment #30 (Posted by Ricky)
I feel that no matter what way you�re putting this, no women should get an abortion. How would you feel if your mother tried to abort you? Life is life, whether it�s outside the womb or not. Just because a fetus can�t live without the mother's help, a new also can�t live without the mother's help. Just think about how do you truly know that�s it�s not alive yet because it�s a fetus? There are many more decisions other than getting an abortion. I would understand if it was incest or rape or something on the lines of that, where you would feel that u need to get rid of the baby. But you never know what that baby could have been in life because you never gave it a chance. The "fetus" also has a say so in his/her life.
- Comment #31 (Posted by Priscila)
Thanks a lot for this article, it helped me on a debate about abortion.
- Comment #32 (Posted by Stephanie)
To those stating that adoption is *always* an option and that abortion is murder in any situation, I must respond: Adoption is a long, expensive, and arduous process. It's not at all simply as easy as saying "I don't want this child." and then people just fall in line to receive it. For adopting people there is a range of requirements and obstacles they have to overcome in order to adopt. Additionally, there are several states which give the *rapist* who parented a child rights to the child, meaning that if a victim of rape wants to give up her child she must first gain the consent of her rapist. Yes, she has to ask her rapist permission. If she decides to keep the child, the rapist can sue for visitation forcing the victim to face her rapist regularly. What's more gross, removing an undeveloped fetus, or essentially raping a victim over and over (by forcing her to relive trauma) in your high and mighty efforts to force everyone to act the way you think they should?
- Comment #33 (Posted by Ky)
I believe that abortion is murder even if you are raped. There are couples who would love to have children who can't. I have a medical issue and still want to try to have children of my own. I have heart failure. I honestly don't care if I die in child birth because I know my family will raise that child or my husband will raise him/her and tell them how much their mother loves them and wishes she could be here with them. I have heart failure and would die for my baby to be able to live and do something extraordinary with their life. Abortion isn't the only option. If you are raped then give the baby to a family who will love it. Just because you are raped by a stranger doesn't mean you should get an abortion. We as parents are supposed to protect our children at all costs whether they are in the womb or not. We are supposed to be willing to give our lives to save theirs. NOT kill them because they COULD be a burden. If you are afraid of a disease or a type of syndrome then don't have children. Why not get your tubes tied or have your man castrated? Then you don't have to worry about children. There is no excuse for an abortion. No excuse for taking a life. People who don't value life kill people. Babies are people even if they are in the womb.
- Comment #34 (Posted by Eliud Loera)
- Comment #35 (Posted by Teresa)
I think that abortion should be illegal, not only are you taking someone else's life, you are putting yourself through guilt. My mom got pregnant for the first time when she was 19 but got an abortion because "she wasn't ready to be a mom". But she all the people in the world to help her get through it. When I asked why she didn't just put it up for adoption, she said that, that would feel even worse knowing that you gave your child up. But then why would you allow a doctor to kill it? That baby will never have its first steps, first word, fall in love, graduate high school or possibly college, get married or have children of his own because she decided that his life didn't matter because she wasn't ready to be a mom. Well, to me, even if I wasn't ready, I still would have tried to be the best parent that I was to that child. And the state should make it a law that abortion is illegal, but only on certain criteria, for example, if it was rape, or if the mother is about to die giving birth. Also, the doctors who perform the abortion, should be put in prison for life. I think that this is wrong and that no one should ever do this to their child.
- Comment #36 (Posted by Audrey)
The part about rape, it shouldn't matter if they are minors. Yes it is extra traumatizing but even full grown women who are raped can be unprepared to be a mother. No one is obligated to be a mother or parent. Rape itself is a terrible action on its own, but to be forced into conceiving that person�s child would be scarring on anyone, no matter the age.
- Comment #37 (Posted by an unknown user)
This helps so much. Had no idea there was so much risks.
- Comment #38 (Posted by Shennel Masters)
- Comment #39 (Posted by Carlson)
This article said that there are pros and cons to abortions, but when I read the passage, it was very biased in saying that abortions are wrong. If you're going to make an article about the pros and cons of abortions, you can't put your own opinion into the damn thing!
- Comment #40 (Posted by Ashley)
I am glad that this article touched on abortion gently. It is a very touchy subject and many people can get offended. I personally believe that abortion is wrong, but I forgive those who have done it (even though my forgiveness doesn't mean much.) Carrying a new life is hard and may seem impossible at some points. That being said, if you are considering an abortion, think about the life that you are ending. I hope that everyone has the strength to make the right choice. God bless you and be with you all.
- Comment #41 (Posted by an unknown user)
At comment #13
I know the situation will probably be over by the time you find this comment, but I think that you shouldn't go through with the abortion. I know that that is a very tough situation, but a baby is a baby even if it is created in an ideal situation. Also, if you believe abortion is wrong, stick with your gut. Hope you and your wife manage to get through this situation!
P.S. I am a teenager, so I don't have a lot of experience, but I still think abortion should be avoided until the day that it becomes illegal.
- Comment #42 (Posted by an unknown user)
Life is a gift. It this gift should not be stolen. Babies are people too. Putting it bluntly, abortion is murder. If you're worried about discrimination, it is better to have a chance at a good life with the possibility of a bad life than having no chance at life at good life at all. In the event of rape, try to accept your child, but if you can't give it up for abortion. If your worried about them feeling rejected, they may feel sad that you didn't want them, but it is likely that they will feel some gratitude that you let them live. The rest of this comment is directed at those who have had abortions. My goal is not to make you feel sad, or guilty. My goal is to stop you from making the wrong decision again in the future. I believe that your child/children are still out there somewhere, and even if you don't believe that, this may help you. One day, try to direct your thoughts toward your child and ask for their forgiveness. It can help with the regret, knowing that you did something to make it right even after it was too late. With that I would like to give everyone something to contemplate. If it's growing, isn't it alive? If its parents are human, isn't it human? And humans like you and me are special, aren't we. I hope everyone realizes what abortion really is.
- Comment #43 (Posted by Mimi)
This article was a lot of help. I believe that abortion shouldn't be legal or illegal but should be restricted. People use abortion as birth control. Everyone knows how you can get pregnant and if you don't want kids then you should not be putting yourself in that position. I had a sister that was aborted and my mother regrets it every day. My other sister was pregnant and she was at risk or death when she was having her baby but she went through with the pregnancy anyways and they are both healthy and that baby girl is the sweetest little girl you'll ever meet. Truth is, every day you get in a vehicle your putting yourself in a position of possible death so to not have a baby because you might die is ridiculous. I believe that if a woman is raped and wants an abortion then she should be able to have one. But that is the only reason I believe a child should be killed. Every situation is different and I understand that but many hookers and prostitutes are selling their body and having more than three abortions each, and others are just having unprotected sex because they can and who cares right? No. It�s wrong and you�re murdering a baby. I rather be unwanted then by someone who didn't deserve me then to be dead.
- Comment #44 (Posted by Becca)
How am I supposed to trust this article if it has no facts to back it up!
- Comment #45 (Posted by Mauricio R.)
Excuse me if I sound offensive, but in the pros section of your article you seem to express the cons in it as well. You give off a vibe that seems shameful to one who thinks the pro to be a "pro". It seems to me that you are going against abortion. You used negative adjectives such as "suffer". You use a phrase such as "Soul-killing decision".
It seems very biased to me.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
- Comment #46 (Posted by Danny)
Should be more specific
- Comment #47 (Posted by an unknown user)
Very good information!
- Comment #48 (Posted by Chyanne)
I believe that abortion should be legal, because some mothers are not capable of taking care of a child for 18 years, and adoption could be worse, by putting them into and unknown place, trying to figure out why there mother left them to discover new things on their own only to be adopted by some terrible people who treat them badly.
- Comment #49 (Posted by Liam)
I really thought this article was very helpful for my project on pros and cons of abortion!
- Comment #50 (Posted by an unknown user)
I will always believe abortion should be an option for some cases. Although, adoption should also be the number one choice unless you were raped. Personally, if I were to be raped I would not want to see the face of my rapist everyday on their child.
- Comment #51 (Posted by an unknown user)
- Comment #52 (Posted by an unknown user)
Clean facts. Very informative!
- Comment #53 (Posted by Tommy)
Sorry to use this language but somebody needs to say it. Fu*king is a fun thing to do not a necessary thing. If you can't deal with the consequences don't do it. Just don't do it. If u r so religious God said remain pure until marriage. Can u imagine sticking a needle in the baby's head and sucking out the brain. That's how they do a partial birth abortion. If the baby can be brought out half way, then don't give me that mothers health crap. On in the womb abortions they just rip arms and legs of the baby. Be an adult. Quit having sex or use birth control. I think immature and selfish people are the only ones who have an abortion. Think what u want women who have an abortion r the lowest form of life. He'll just do oral sex. That�s even better!
- Comment #54 (Posted by an unknown user)
The article only pointed a small number of issues. Abortion issue is in reality a lot more complicated. I do not like to mix God in it. Abortion is very much a medical problem and should be treated primarily as such.