College Writing 102
February 21, 2007
Woman’s Right, Woman’s Choice
Abortion is the source of much controversy throughout the United States.
As many states
are making decisions about whether to ban abortion, either completely or in certain cases,
women are seeing their rights disappear.
The issue has caused a rift in society between people
who are “pro-life,” and those who are “pro-choice.”
These movements are deeply rooted in
religious, moral, legal, and biological factors, including fetal development, all of which come
down to two complicated questions.
What makes a fetus a human being, and when does this
Women have a right to obtain an abortion because only the woman can decide if she is
ready to have a child.
It is her body, and no one else’s.
Anti-abortionists root their stance in the belief that human life begins the moment of
From fertilization, the genes that determine what that person will look like and who
that person will be, are already set, creating a unique individual.
Patrick Lee states in his book,
, “Intentionally killing an innocent person always is morally
Abortion is the intentional killing of an innocent person.
Therefore, Abortion is always
morally wrong.” (1) Lee believes that because an embryo or fetus has the
to be a mature
human being and think for itself, it is a human being.
A zygote, a fertilized egg, will become a
person, and abortion murders that person. Pro-lifers see that by one month, the fetus has a heart,
arms, the beginning of legs, and a face has started to develop, and by two months all organs are
present (Milestones of Early Life).
An abortion doesn’t kill a mass of tissue, it kills something
that looks like you and me, something that was created in the image of God.
The Bible tells us