Abortion: Is it right or wrong?

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Abortion: Is it right or wrong? Today, now more than ever, the controversial issue of abortion is being advertised on billboards, debated in college organizations, discussed both casually and heatedly amongst friends, and broadcasted on news channels across the globe. Questions of its legality, ethical morality, and scientific legitimacy are all factors which contribute to this issue’s ever-growing area ambiguous gray matter. On one hand, there are the Pro-Life supporters. These people question whether it is humanly moral to end an innocent life, occasionally referred to as “playing God”. But how do we know when life actually begins? On the other hand, there are Pro-Choice supporters. These people question the rights of the mother herself – after all, women have rights too. But where do we draw the line between repeated misuse of abortion and legitimate health reasons? As a young woman in today’s society, I am beginning to realize how critical this issue is becoming for me and the many young women like me who are just starting to make our own decisions based on our own beliefs and values, rather than those of our parents. I believe that in order to prepare a purposeful argument, it is necessary to examine both sides of the issue instead of just one. Consequently, I have taken both perspectives of this issue and supplemented them with my own opinions and knowledge that I have accumulated thus far. I begin by taking the perspective of a supporter of Pro-Choice. So far, there is no scientific evidence that can concretely determine when exactly life begins. Immediately following conception, an embryo is nothing more than a small collection of indeterminate cells. There is no brain signal; none of the cells are even specialized yet. Although this group of cells has the potential to become a fetus, this does not necessarily mean that an embryo can be considered a human. After all, it has no brain, no heart, and no other vital organs. Thus, an embryo cannot think or feel. Until the tenth or eleventh week (about 3- 4 months) of the gestational period, an embryo is not even considered a fetus.
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2011 for the course HON 181 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '09 term at Miami University.

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