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What is a good thesis statement for abortion? I just need a complex sentence to get me...

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babyhank | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted December 3, 2008 at 9:18 AM via web

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What is a good thesis statement for abortion?

I just need a complex sentence to get me started. Although I have thought of some already, they are not very good or helpful. Any assistance would be much appreciated.

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dbrooks22 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted December 3, 2008 at 9:46 AM (Answer #2)

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If this topic is for an argumentative paper, you need to take a stance. Examples may be...Abortion has become common in America, and/but(write whether you support it or are against it here). Depending on your beliefs and your support, either way you should be able to come up with many arguments for your paper.

If it is just a researched essay, your thesis would not need take a stance. You would just need to make a factual statement about abortion, depending on the aspect you are going to research. There are many different points about abortion you could research, so once you have that narrowed down, your thesis statement should be easier to write. Ideas for a research paper could be the effects of abortion, the process of abortion, alternatives to abortion, etc.

 

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morrol | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted December 3, 2008 at 1:07 PM (Answer #3)

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Your thesis should be an argument or statement followed by three reasons that support that argument. For instance; Abortion is justified because ____, ____, and ____. Or; Abortion is not justified because ____, ____, and ____. Go ahead and start writing your paper. See what research you find, and then craft your thesis as you go along. Don't make evidence fit your thesis statement, make your thesis statement fit the evidence.

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rlendensky | Student, College Freshman | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 8, 2008 at 11:08 PM (Answer #4)

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I think it is most importantly dependant on your stance on abortion, if you are supporting abortion then your thesis could look something like this:

With the evolving moral standards of society, abortions are becoming more and more justified. Abortions, the practice of removing a fertilized egg from a mother has become a controversial issue in American society, but should be generally supported bcause _________, _____________, and ___________.

If you are opposed to abortions then your thesis could be something along these lines:

Considering American ethics and values, death is morally wrong. Therefore, the killing of unborn fetuses is morally wrong as well. Abortions, this unethical practice of terminated unborn fetuses should be outlawed because ___________, ____________, and __________.

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alohaspirit | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted December 28, 2008 at 1:10 PM (Answer #5)

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Agree with prior comments, you need to decide on a stance. If you are for or against abortion, a common thesis includes three supporting points for your stance. So pick three reasons why you are for or against abortion.

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wduliere | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 20, 2009 at 4:28 PM (Answer #8)

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Just as an FYI:

Your thesis should be a single sentence no longer then 25 words. You could also start the thesis with a counter argument.

Although many believe in prochoice, Roe vs Wade should be overturned because ......

 

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted November 4, 2009 at 6:27 PM (Answer #10)

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You mention that you need a strong complex sentence. Of all the advice, #8 gives the best example of a complex sentence. In addition s/he has also addressed the need to be clear and concise in your thesis while acknowledging those you know will disagree with your stance.

While your thesis should drive your paper, you do not have to lay out all of your main points in your thesis, and if you do, it might have a tendency to be too didactic. A well written thesis can set up your intent without obviously stating the main points you are trying to prove. In addition three main points would be a minimum, but it is quite possible that you might have more than three main points. Too many people stifle their voice and creativity by trying to stick to some formulaic ideas such as a “traditional 5-paragraph essay.”

Please understand your thesis is your opinion or what you are being asked to prove. Be assertive; state your opinion as fact because it is a fact, and you will prove it with the research you provide.

 

 

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dr-house | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 20, 2010 at 4:21 PM (Answer #12)

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#8: You were the only one that mentioned that the thesis sentence needs to be a single sentence. Glad! Very helpful indeed. I'm writing a research paper on abortion and needed tips on a thesis sentence, which is the hardest part for me for some reason.

And to #6: You are right. The Lord does say this, but He also says to do as He does. I'm pretty sure he wouldn't go telling people that they deserve prison. Kind and gentle :)

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hsilva | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 18, 2010 at 9:06 PM (Answer #13)

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If this topic is for an argumentative paper, you need to take a stance. Examples may be...Abortion has become common in America, and/but(write whether you support it or are against it here). Depending on your beliefs and your support, either way you should be able to come up with many arguments for your paper.

If it is just a researched essay, your thesis would not need take a stance. You would just need to make a factual statement about abortion, depending on the aspect you are going to research. There are many different points about abortion you could research, so once you have that narrowed down, your thesis statement should be easier to write. Ideas for a research paper could be the effects of abortion, the process of abortion, alternatives to abortion, etc.

 

Thanks for your help! And I'm against abortion.

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hsilva | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 18, 2010 at 9:08 PM (Answer #14)

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Just as an FYI:

Your thesis should be a single sentence no longer then 25 words. You could also start the thesis with a counter argument.

Although many believe in prochoice, Roe vs Wade should be overturned because ......

 

Thank you for your help! I'm gonna use yours for my paper it's perfect. And Yes I am againt abortion. Thanks again

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speciala | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 22, 2010 at 4:30 PM (Answer #15)

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hey there, i'm also conducting an abortion thesis paper but the focus of my study is about the aftereffects of abortion, can you please suggest title and thesis title of my thesis??

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marilynn07 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted May 30, 2011 at 9:19 PM (Answer #16)

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You also need to define what "abortion" is forthe reader. I think that is what your question asked even though you have received a myriad of information all about the political issues surrounding the term.

Abortion is defined in several ways all of which stop a pregnancy. The first is the natural form that we commonly call miscarriage: spontaneous abortion. The second form is surgical abortion: surgical instruments are used to cut the fetus into pieces and remove it from the uterus using a vacuum pump or just simple scraping and extraction.  The third type of abortion is medical abortion which is caused by giving the pregnant woman some type of medication over the course of several days which will cause the contractions of the uterus to expell the fetus.  One complicaton of medical abortion is that the fetus may be delivered alive. The next two procedures have fallen out of use in modern times due to advances in preganancy prediction and in ways to perform emergency C-sections without killing the mother. First is a saline injection abortion which is caused by directly injecting a very strong salt solution directly into the amniotic sac. This is very caustic and poisons the fetus as it enters its lungs and surrounds its skin. It is used in second or third trimester abortions. Again, it is very brutal, and sometimes the baby is delivered alive. The last procedure is very controversial called partial birth abortion: the baby is turned and positioned so it will be breech and then delivered alive out to the neck.  Then instruments are inserted into the baby's neck which cut the spinal cord and open the cranial cavity. The doctor must hold the partially delivered child until there is no pulse in the carotid artery. This last procedure was developed in the middle ages to save the life of the mother if the baby got stuck in the birth canal. Many would argue that it is so out-dated and so brutal that it should be outlawed completely.

There are a variety of excellent websites out there that will help you develop your position on this very controversial topic. You will note that I shift my terminoligy from fetus to baby partway through my explination. The Latin word "fetus" means young one. I use the word baby to mean that the ability to live outside the uterus would be possible.

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mdteacher1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted August 15, 2011 at 8:26 AM (Answer #17)

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Depending on what position you take on this subject, you should start your paper with an assertion or something you intend to prove about the practice of abortion.

For example, you might begin the paper with the following:

A. Globally, abortion claims 2 billion lives each year and has costs the world untold value in the loss of scientist, artists, educators, and others who may have contributed to the cause of humanity.

B. Abortion is a questionable practice, but may be a considered reasonable in cases where the life of the mother is threatened or incest is evident.

C. Abortion is senseless when adoption is a much better option for anyone in an unwanted pregnancy.

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maysam2010 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 18, 2011 at 4:12 PM (Answer #18)

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well it depends on if it is an on purpose abortion or like you have to get rid of the baby. I had an experience that i had to evacuate the baby, and that is what I wrote on my essay. 
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It is not easy to be a mom. Being a mother is not all about carrying the baby for nine months. It’s about how the mother feels and thinks about the baby. Mothers worry about the baby’s health. A lot of them are concerned about the baby’s heart, brain, and lungs because once those body parts are good, then everything else will be great as well. It takes a lot to have a child, but what if the baby’s health is already in bad condition, what is there for the mother to do if she or the baby will be hurt, and whose life is more significant mom or baby?

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tapatio1 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 19, 2011 at 9:38 AM (Answer #19)

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Just as an FYI:

Your thesis should be a single sentence no longer then 25 words. You could also start the thesis with a counter argument.

Although many believe in prochoice, Roe vs Wade should be overturned because ......

 


Hi, It seems that almost everybody agree with you, so I'm lookinf for a good thesis statement to do my research, and i would like to know if could help to do one against it. I will bevery glad if you could help me!

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smartipi | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted September 21, 2011 at 8:30 AM (Answer #20)

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First think about your feelings about it and go with that

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patelmilia98 | Student, Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted October 14, 2011 at 8:19 AM (Answer #21)

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its very harmful to do abortion

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kendalllee95 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 1, 2012 at 1:27 AM (Answer #23)

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Depending on what position you take on this subject, you should start your paper with an assertion or something you intend to prove about the practice of abortion.

For example, you might begin the paper with the following:

A. Globally, abortion claims 2 billion lives each year and has costs the world untold value in the loss of scientist, artists, educators, and others who may have contributed to the cause of humanity.

B. Abortion is a questionable practice, but may be a considered reasonable in cases where the life of the mother is threatened or incest is evident.

C. Abortion is senseless when adoption is a much better option for anyone in an unwanted pregnancy.

how would u say ur againt abortion but if its caused by rape u agree? can u ever do that?

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