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Abortion: Pro-life vs. pro-choice

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Such a question has puzzled

Americans for many, any years. I have heard all the arguments, but is

there really a right or wrong answer to this question? In my opinion

no. Sure I lean toward one side of the argument but I cannot give a

definite answer to that question. I have the exact same feelings on

the subject of abortion. Abortion has been a highly debatable subject

for many years. I used to be a supporter of the pro-life cause,

meaning in short I was against abortion in every aspect, there were no

exceptions when it came to abortion, it was simply murder, and I would

not stand for it. After a few years of being pro-life I started to

question why I believed so much in a cause that took choice away from

women. After all we do live in America, land of the free, which should

entitle us (women) the right to choose whether or not we want to carry

a baby to term. It is thoughts like that that led me to where I am

today supporting the cause of pro-choice.

As a pro-choicer, I believe that a woman has the right to choose and

the right to privacy when she makes that choice. I believe that not

one person has the right to tell another that she cannot have an

abortion. What if carrying a baby to full term is life threatening to

a woman? Should a woman have to die so an unborn child can live? I do

not think so. Yes, that fetus is alive, it is human, and yes having an

abortion would constitute murder of an unborn child. Yes, pro-lifers

we know it is murder, but there must be some exceptions. I know that

if I were pregnant (even if it was planned) and I found out six weeks

into my pregnancy that if I carried the child to full term it would be

life threatening. Yes, I would think about it fully, but ultimately I

would more than likely come to the conclusion of abortion. I would not

die for an unborn child, and frankly I do not know any person that

would. Although I am sure there are some people out there that would

gladly die, if it meant that their child was going to live a good

healthy life.

Then there is the argument that even if the mother died during

childbirth and the child lived, would that child really live a happy

life without a mother. There is a bond between a mother and a child

like none other. There are things that babies and children get from

there mothers that they cannot get anywhere else. Children need

mothers. Not to mention the fact that a child growing up without a

mother is more than likely going to be psychologically damaging in the

long run for them.

Somewhere in America, according to the department of justice, a woman

is raped every two minutes. What does this have to do with abortion

you ask? Probably more than you think. I find it hard to believe if a

woman gave birth to child that was conceived only because she was

raped, that she would ever be able to love it the way that she should.

The very face of her child would be a constant reminder of the awful

crime that was committed against her will. I believe that if a woman

is raped, then abortion is acceptable. When a woman is raped, what is

happening to her is not consensual, and she has no control over the


With current technology, birth defects are becoming easier to detect

every day and earlier at that. Finding out that there is something

life threatening or something that will affect your child living a

normal life has got to be very devastating. In terms of abortion, I

believe that if a child is going to be born with mental disabilities

to the

point that the child will be a ?vegetable? all its life then abortion

should be an acceptable alternative. I look at this in terms of the

child, not the parent. If the child will not ever learn to talk, eat

by its self, or perform everyday tasks, or even think for itself then

why should it be brought into this world? I know it sounds harsh, but

its almost as if they will be babies for their entire lives. What if a

child were to be born a paraplegic? The child would never live

normally never do things on its own, constantly be relying on someone

or something for everyday tasks. Not to mention the fact that the

child would know it was different, would know that it would never get

to do normal child things, etc. If this birth defect could be detected

before birth, then in my opinion abortion would be acceptable.




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