Abortion - 1 - Should abortions be legal? Thesis The legalization of abortion has been a hotly debated topic for many decades. Many people are either for the legalization of abortion or against it, there are not many people who are able to see both sides of the issue. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary abortion is defined as “the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus.” Most abortions happen within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. It is during this time that many people believe that a woman is carrying a fetus and by aborting the pregnancy during this period it is before any crucial development begins to occur. However, I find this not to be true. A baby’s heart begins to start beating just after 6 weeks of gestation. It is at this moment that there is a true living, breathing human inside of a woman, feeding off of her in order to survive (Pymar, Creinin). If this baby, not fetus, is then aborted that should be murder, that mother stopped a beating heart from surviving. There is no difference to that and someone putting a gun to my head and pulling the trigger. Abortion is murder no matter when a person believes life becomes official. This controversy will remain for centuries, however the fact that a potential life has ended before given a chance remains evidence enough for most people to understand why a person should never have a choice of whether a baby lives or dies. There are many reasons abortion should be illegal including the descriptive and disturbing stories about how aborted babies sometime scream as they come out and the looks of pain on their faces. These facts alone should convince anyone to eliminate the idea of pregnancy termination out of their mind. The health threat to the mother after going through with the procedure as well as the lifelong health risks that
Abortion - 2 - remain should be good enough reasons abortion should be illegal. With the rising healthcare costs and instance of disease greater than the medical ability to solve the problems, continued health remains important to all people. Self induced problems such as voluntary termination of pregnancy leads to complications for future pregnancies, reproductive disease, and depression. Understanding that abortion is murder aids a woman in making healthy decisions for baby and mother. Though a mother may not want her baby, health for both remains and adoption is a viable option (Vanderford). Many visual images are available through pro-life organizations that make it clear how horrible the decision to terminate life before birth truly is. Abortion is murder no matter when a person believes life begins. These actions result in distress for not only the pregnant woman, but also her family. Though she may not tell anyone, eventually the truth reveals itself through circumstance, guilt, or mistake. Speaking with other people who have either gone through this or have a family member who had an abortion allows this woman to get in touch with the reality of her decision. One of the most important reasons
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