the article and the article completely.
Unlike ethos, the appeal to logic (logo) is very relevant in this article. Furedi and Lee base their argument off facts, discuss what results these facts have, and how it supports pro-choice. These facts offer the reader proof that this is why they should support abortion as well. They also provide evidence in the form of visuals, studies, and polls. These visuals give the readers more evidence in a clear and concise manner, making it easier for them to understand, process, and retain. Furedi and Lee spend a majority of their article stating facts about abortion but never get too in-depth with anything to appeal to their readers emotionally (pathos). The power of emotion is a powerful attribute in argument when it comes to trying to persuade people to think something. However, because this paper is more of an informative piece the authors may have left this out because they deemed it unnecessary for an informative article. This hurts the article when it comes to looking at it as a persuasive piece because it looses the sense that this is something a reader needs to support on not just a logical level, but an ethical and emotional level as well. While this piece does give an exact date, this articles relevance doesn't seem to correspond with an exact event of the same time period (kairos). However, the issue of abortion has been going on for a long time so this article was still relevant to issues happening around the world and in the UK at that time.
Both the pro-life and pro-choice articles had areas that they were stronger in and others where they were weaker. One aspect that they both share is a bias toward their cause. Schwarzwalder is the Vice-President of the Family Research Council, which is known to be religious. While Furedi is the Chief Executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service which is one of the top abortion services in the UK. The pro-life article was overall a sound piece. It was structured well, provided a lot of information, and used the main rhetoric appeals profoundly. This included a page dedicated specifically to the history of the author. However it lacked when it came to providing visuals, which would of contributed to the readers understanding. The pro-choice article contained much more information and topics than the pro-life article but didn't have as much use of rhetoric appeals. Its strength came from the vast amount of information it provided. This included the visuals that came along with the facts. However, its weaknesses included the lack of organization, structure, and clarity of this information. Also this article didn't include a conclusion, which makes the article lack a purpose besides giving information. In my opinion the pro-life article was a more informative and well-written piece than the pro-choice article. This was mainly because of the conciseness and the overall writing quality of this piece. Also because the pro-life article used rhetoric so well, that it disguised the piece as an informative article but really acts as a persuasive piece. The pro-choice article could of also been an informative and
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- Fall '07
- Roe v. Wade, Family Research Council, Rob Schwarzwalder