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In Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" Atticus says "but to kill a mockingbird is a sin." Atticus means that it is wrong to kill the mockingbird because all it does is make music. In my own understanding, I perceive the mockingbird in which he refers to as life, hope, something that can be a benefit we all can share. Abortion is a very big moral issue. During the last twenty-five years, abortion has been one of the most heated topics being debated in the United States. The only topics that equal the abortion debate are race and war. Abortion is a discussion of human interaction where ethics, emotions, and law come together. Every baby deserves a chance at life. No matter how hard that life might be, it is wrong that people are having abortions just because they made a mistake, and couldn't say no. I don't know why helpless little babies should die due to someone else's bad choice. I believe that abortion is murder. The definition of murder is the unlawful and malicious or premeditated killing of one human being to another. Yet the definition of abortion is any deliberate procedure that removes, or induces the expulsion of a living or dead embryo or fetus. The definitions use the words malicious, premeditated, and deliberate. These are all synonyms. Why is it that if a person gets into an accident with a pregnant woman, and the woman and the baby die, the person is charged with two counts of man slaughter? In that case the baby is considered as a living human being. In the case of abortion though, the baby is only considered a fetus.

I feel that the world is somewhat responsible for the constant growing pregnancy rate. The media portrays sexual intercourse as a right of passage for teenagers. Any person in the United States can tell you that as soon as you turn your TV on, you are almost bound to find something containing some sort of sexuality. And yet, it is also depicted as being no big deal. As long as you use a condom, it's ok. As more and more teens are inclined by peers and the media to have sex, the tendency to actually have sex also inclines. Commercials for condoms and other contraceptives are all over the



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