Abortion is a very controversial topic and there are two very distinct sides when it comes to the issue. Many people will say that abortion is “murder and the killing of an innocent human being is wrong, even if that human being has yet to be born.” But there are other people the take the side of Pro-Choice. These people believe that women have the choice to get rid of their fetus because it is their body, therefore it is their choice. Reproductive choice helps to empower women, by giving them “control of their body”. Having a choice to keep or discard the fetus, helps women to gain independence and establish their futures more freely. Pro-Life groups will argue that a fetus is a human being from the moment of conception; but studies show that a fetus is incapable of feelings pain during the abortion. “A 2005 University of California at San Francisco study said fetuses probably can't feel pain until the 29th or 30th week of gestation.” Most abortions happen before this point in the pregnancy, it is very rare that women get an abortion this late.
With the advanced technology and high-tech tools that doctors these days have access to, abortions are very safe medical procedures. Women come out of the operation safe, healthy, and unharmed. Not only are abortions safe physically, they are safer psychological. Women that have abortions say they feel more relief and are happier than women who are denied abortions. Women that are denied abortions say they have regret , because they were not allowed to have their own choice about their bodies. If a women does not want to have a baby, then she should have the option to abort the fetus. A baby should not have to come into the world unwanted, so the mother should have the option to save the baby from a life of neglect and misery.
During ultrasounds and checkups in the early stages of pregnancy, mothers can discover that there are abnormalities with the baby. Whether the baby has a terminal illness, or a physical or mental disability; a mother may not want to bring a child into this world if they can not live life to the fullest. In some cases the baby could be missing crucial body parts, such as a brain, or the organs could be outside of the body. The baby could not be able to live a normal life, if it even makes it through the pregnancy. This would only put the mother and the rest of the family through emotional trauma.
“Being Pro-Choice is trusting the individual to make the right decision for herself and for her family, and not entrusting that decision to anyone the authority of government in any regard.” - Hillary Clinton. Every women should have the option to decide whether or not to keep her fetus. If any woman chooses to have an abortion, that is her choice and her prerogative because after all, it is HER body. Women that are denied abortions are more likely to become unemployed, on public welfare, and more likely to become victims of domestic violence. Before a women even has an abortion, she has to go through counseling sessions to make sure she is making the right decision for herself and her well being. If the right for a women to have an abortions is taken away, this will not stop them from having abortions, it will just lead them to find a new (Most Likely unsafe) way to get rid of the fetus. Pro-Choice is not “supporting murder” or “justifying baby slaughtering” is giving the option to women everywhere to have control over their own bodies and giving them the right to make their own decisions in life.
The Declaration of Independence was written on June 11, 1776 and has continual influence even today. Within the Declaration of Independence it is clearly stated the right for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, are these rights not directly disregarded in reference to abortion? By aborting a child you are taking way a human beings opportunity for life, and further limiting that child from liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
4 out of 5 women who receive an ultrasound before their abortion decided to keep their baby. This statistic speaks to how confused and unaware women seeking abortions can be. Furthermore, you may be questioning who is to blame from this unjust act. I would suggest the doctors who knowingly take the life of another human being. As a doctor they make a pledge to try and save all human life, abortion definitively opposes this pledge. To take it a step further, I would like to say that the United States government carries the utmost weight of this wrongdoing, by abortions legalization nationwide.
Pro choice supporters may suggest that abortion isn't murder because a fertilized zygote is not a person. While this may appear to be an appropriate response, it is not backed up by science. As soon as the sperm fertilizes an egg and the body recognizes that it is pregnant, the blueprints or exact DNA makeup for a specific person are formed. It's not as if when you get an abortion you are aborting thousands of unfertilized eggs, rather, you are aborting the components to form an exact person. Abortion can occur when a woman is into their second trimester, during the second trimester the baby can be 13-26 weeks old. During the second trimester the babies organs fully develop, the baby begins to hear, and the baby can move around. At this point, the average weight is 2 pounds, and height is 14 inches. At this point it is still legal to receive an abortion in some states within the US.
Pro life individuals are believers that a life is a life not matter how small, and that taking away the life of child still in the womb is still unjust. Abortion took the lives of 652,639 defenseless babies unable to protect themselves. Be pro life and value human life.
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