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Why is abortion illegal in the United States?

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amazona0125 | Honors

Posted October 2, 2009 at 11:18 AM via web

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Why is abortion illegal in the United States?

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elfgirl | Student , Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted October 2, 2009 at 12:20 PM (Answer #2)

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It should be legal. It is a matter of personal morality.

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

Posted October 9, 2009 at 1:05 PM (Answer #8)

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It is a decision between a person and a doctor, and the government should not be involved with medical decisions.  If a young girl is raped and the family decides that they do not want their young girl keeping this baby then they should be able to have that choice.  Also if a woman has the possibility of having complications during birth, and her health would be affected by having the baby, then that should be a medical decision between that woman and doctor.  Abortion should not be a political issue.

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drmonica | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted October 2, 2009 at 1:06 PM (Answer #3)

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I'm not sure if you are asking for ideas because you need them for a debate or a persuasive essay. At any rate, I'll offer some points that would support the question you are asking.

  1. Abortion has caused a serious rift in American society, even leading to deadly violence.
  2. Many women who undergo abortions report afterward that they wish they had not done so.
  3. Abortions are surgical procedures that can be dangerous to the women who have them done.
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scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 2, 2009 at 2:35 PM (Answer #4)

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Just an addition to #3: Legalized abortion has forced a double-standard upon our legal society.  If a woman can abort a fetus, and it's legal--not murder, how can a person who murders a pregnant woman be charged with double homicide?  There is no logical answer for this standard.

Additionally, some leading advocates of abortion have used the practice in the United States to control the population of specific ethnic groups.  For example, Margaret Sanger, a proponent of legalized abortion, specified that abortion clinics be located in areas with a high minority population.  This disturbing truth is reminiscent of Nazi Germany, China's one-child policy, and other one-race superiority groups.

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akannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 2, 2009 at 2:43 PM (Answer #5)

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Indeed, it is a complex issue.  I think that the primary distinction here is whether one sees it as an issue primarily concerned of the life of the fetus (in which case one would be against the idea of abortion for it is taking a life) or if one is an advocate of personalized choice (in which case abortion is an issue of choice for the mother.)  I would say that the issue is so challenging because to decipher through the layers of misinformation both sides posit against the other is a notion that complicates an already intricate issue.

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ophelious | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted October 4, 2009 at 5:11 PM (Answer #6)

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I'm not sure if you are asking for ideas because you need them for a debate or a persuasive essay. At any rate, I'll offer some points that would support the question you are asking.

  1. Abortion has caused a serious rift in American society, even leading to deadly violence.
  2. Many women who undergo abortions report afterward that they wish they had not done so.
  3. Abortions are surgical procedures that can be dangerous to the women who have them done.

I would have to respectfully disagree with your points.  The discussion question seems to be asking for evidence to support why abortion should be illegal in the United States.

  1. You can't make things illegal because they cause a "rift" in society.  If so, you would have to outlaw political parties!
  2. Many women may regret abortions, but many do not.  You can't make a law against abortions because people may regret them.  If so, you would have to outlaw one night stands for the same reason!
  3. Just because a surgical procedure is dangerous (which is, by the way, a relative term) doesn't mean it should be illegal.  If so, you would have to outlaw most operations!

Anyhow, I just wanted to put my two cents in.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 5, 2009 at 8:14 AM (Answer #7)

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Abortion for the sake of birth control is immoral and should be illegal.  Anyone who does not want to become pregnant in this time period should either be celibate or practice other birth control methods such as the pill, condoms, diaphram, etc. or a combination of any of the above.

I do not agree with abortion for rape victims, either.  It is not the child's fault it was conceived.  While some may argue that it is cruel and unusual to require the victim to carry the child to term, it is just as cruel and unusual to abort the fetus.  Believe me, the woman will be haunted either way--reliving the rape and later reliving and remembering the abortion.  If the victim can not or will not rear the child, she should give the child up for adoption--it is a better solution all around.

If the mother's life is in danger, and a choice has to be made between the mother and the child, the doctor should do what is necessary to save the life of the strongest person.  In this case, most probable is the mother.  A child needs care from an adult for many years before being able to rear him or herself.  This is the only time I believe abortion should be employed.

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

Posted October 14, 2009 at 8:16 PM (Answer #9)

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The reason abortion is controversial is that some people believe it is murder and some do not.  If we all agreed on this, the legality would not be an issue.  In order to satisfy the question of whether it is murder or not, one needs to determine whether the life that is taken is human. 

Although all will agree that it is indeed human (what else could it be? A dog embryo is a dog, a cat embryo is a cat), many will argue that it is not human ENOUGH at certain (or all) stages of pregnancy. 

The reason that most evangelical Christians and Catholic stake the pro-life side of the abortion debate is that they believe that life begins at conception.  Not life, like a plant has life, but life, like divinely-breathed life.  This comes from Jeremiah 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you..." and Psalm 139:13 "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb."

Both of these verses are beautiful and poetic and illustrate a wonderful concept, a concept of divine value, even when earthly value seems unapparent. 

But their beauty doesn't make the Bible a rulebook for those who don't believe.  The hard point for unbelievers is the difficulty in determining exactly when a fetus is human enough to make its intentional death unappealing.  Lately, technology has increased our knowledge of embryonic development and we realize more every day how "human" a child is at all stages of pregnancy.

   

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kc4u | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted October 14, 2009 at 11:47 PM (Answer #10)

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There is hardly any legal provision which cannot be and has not been abused. So that is not reason enough to oppose an act of law if it is found otherwise needful. Abortion should be legalised primarily to help out young girls in a dire situation of unwanted motherhood. As long as it is not legalised, many such girls would search for clandestine clinics and quack personnel for relief, thereby endangering their lives. The traditional attitude towards abortion is too traditional to cope up with the hard realities of to-day. Once legalised, better services to make abortion safer would also be available.

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

Posted October 15, 2009 at 5:23 AM (Answer #11)

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There is hardly any legal provision which cannot be and has not been abused. So that is not reason enough to oppose an act of law if it is found otherwise needful. Abortion should be legalised primarily to help out young girls in a dire situation of unwanted motherhood. As long as it is not legalised, many such girls would search for clandestine clinics and quack personnel for relief, thereby endangering their lives. The traditional attitude towards abortion is too traditional to cope up with the hard realities of to-day. Once legalised, better services to make abortion safer would also be available.

Let's discuss "needful."

Question #1: How are today's realities any harsher than yesterday's?  It is far easier today to be a single parent or young parents than it ever has been.  It is socially much more acceptable, and even the US government has come on board with financial aid for young parents.

Question #2:  How is unwanted motherhood a dire situation?  Women have become pregnant unexpectedly ever since we figured out what caused pregnancy. 

Question #3:  How can you, personally, justify killing a person in order to avoid coping with "hard realities" and "dire situations"? 

Bear in mind, this discussion is primarily about abortion in the United States, where abortion, while legal, is hotly debated.  Often Europeans join in the online debate.  It is important to remember that Europe has beaten America to legalizing immorality for many years now.  While many believe this makes Europeans "progressive", many believe it to be no coincidence that the great world powers of that continent are no more. 

 

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lindamarie | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 16, 2009 at 11:04 AM (Answer #12)

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Hard realities of today...People in our society wonder why Social Security is steadily going bankrupt.  Consider that 37+ people were paying into SS in the 1970s for every one person who withdrew SS funds. Today (or in the very near future) 1-2 people will pay into SS for each person withdrawing SS.  Why?  Abortion.

Between 1973 through 2005 more than 45 million legal abortions occurred (Guttmacher Institute) and that's only those reported--thus removing millions from the work force.  We no longer have enough workers in the overall younger generations to contribute to Social Security for the aging population of Baby Boomers...and generations to come.

We wonder why we're coming up short in young entrepreneurs, philanthropists, scientists, teachers, etc....Abortion took them out before they had a chance to prove themselves worthy of life. We basically eat our young--and seemingly with no remorse.

The vulnerable unborn cannot speak for themselves--I shudder to think if they were able to ask us "why?" I somehow think an arrogant "why not" won't cut it. God help us if we should ever have to hear their voices...all 45+ million of them.

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kn2010 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 18, 2009 at 12:33 PM (Answer #13)

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In a nutshell:

It is taking away innocent life, and as the founding fathers established, everyone is entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Abortion devalues humanity and should not be allowed.

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted October 18, 2009 at 5:53 PM (Answer #14)

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Humans, by necessity, must act in their rational self interest.  That is not license to do whatever they wish; they may do whatever they wish as long as it does not intrude the rights of another.   Only individuals can make decisions determining what is morally correct for themselves.  Groups may posit points and influence that decision, but the individual makes it as he or she sees fit.

As long as there is birth, there will be abortion, for some women will decide that that's what is in their own rational self interest.  If it's made illegal, it will still continue, despite the Prohibition claims of the moralists.  Will the government be guilty of murder of the mothers who die under unsanitary conditions because the practice is outlawed?

More fundamentally, does abortion intrude upon the rights of another?  Only if one can determine that a fetus has rights, but fetuses cannot have rights any more than puppies can. Although the Creator may have imbued them with life, they cannot pursue Life, liberty, or happiness, as they are not able to be an independent individual entities, and such concepts apply to individuals only. Puppies are owned by somebody; so are fetuses. Since they cannot be independent, and cannot voice their political will, shall the law then attempt to secure them rights?  Who will define what those rights are?  Who will speak for them?  Concerned antiabortionists?  Tend to your own bodies.

If a fetus has a right to be born, how will the law answer when that fetus is nonviable because of genetic anomalies, and will be spontaneously aborted anyway? Will the law determine if a woman is miscarrying or murdering?

The purpose of government is to safeguard rights. Safeguarding the supposed rights of a fetus necessarily impinges upon the rights of a mother to deal with her body as she sees fit.  One is a rational being, the other has yet to attain that status.  One owns one's body. Only if a fetus becomes viable through birth does it becomes human, and only mother nature or the mother can make that choice if it is to become viable.

The debate about when life and therefore rights begin is the wrong debate.

Abortion, along with Gun "control" should never even have been debatable issues if all parties understood the proper concept of rights. Possessing a gun or terminating a pregancy are rhetorically the same issue.  If you don't like it, don't have one.

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dragonpalidin23 | Student , Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 20, 2009 at 1:11 PM (Answer #16)

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I completely and undeniably agree with Response #14.

This is not a matter that has been dealt with just based on morals but to obtain a safeguard from the government and ,of course, "bragging rights" in a way.

I feel that the debate of Pro-Choice v. Pro-Life will continue forever just as the NRA has fought for possessing arms even thought abortion is obviously a more intense topic.

Pro-Choice or Pro-Life is just like asking Democrat or Republican.

 

However, if I personally were asked whether or not i was Pro-Choice or Pro-Life I would say Pro-Choice. In all accounts for murder the victim was once alive.

The fetus is nonviable and needs the mother to develop meaning it is not yet "human". Until the fetus is viable I believe that the mother should be allowed to have an abortion. The U.S. Supreme Court also supports this idea as a result of Roe vs. Wade. After the fetus is viable should it, if ever, be considered murder should be charged like one however until then the mother should be allowed to decide if they wish to continue through the pregnancy or not.

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healthclasshero | Student , Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 22, 2009 at 7:14 PM (Answer #17)

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I have just been working on a health assignment to do with whether abortion should be legal in victoria and we have to have for and against arguments. I personally believe that abortions should be legal although i do not want to anger/offend anyone who thinks otherwise, this is why.

1. When abortion was illegal 1 million women per year in the US sought out illegal abortions. of them thousands died and tens of thousands were mutilated. Legal abortions make it safer for women to be able to have a say in the way their life turns out.

2. Many hard battles have been fought to win political and economic equlaity for women. Making abortions illegal would be like taking 3 steps forward only to take 5 steps backwards in this debate.

3. forcing an unwanted child into a family that may not be able to take care of them is (i hate to be immature) stupid.

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mfrs1976 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 28, 2011 at 12:44 PM (Answer #18)

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Just an addition to #3: Legalized abortion has forced a double-standard upon our legal society.  If a woman can abort a fetus, and it's legal--not murder, how can a person who murders a pregnant woman be charged with double homicide?  There is no logical answer for this standard.

Additionally, some leading advocates of abortion have used the practice in the United States to control the population of specific ethnic groups.  For example, Margaret Sanger, a proponent of legalized abortion, specified that abortion clinics be located in areas with a high minority population.  This disturbing truth is reminiscent of Nazi Germany, China's one-child policy, and other one-race superiority groups.

The difference is intent. Murder is taking of a life with malice aforethought and abortion is a woman's right to exercise her authority over her own physiology, quite another matter. You may or may not agree with the legality of abortion, but law has to do with what we as a society will or will not tolerate and not with determining what is right and wrong.

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smartipi | Student , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted September 21, 2011 at 7:46 AM (Answer #19)

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Look everyone has a differnt political and religious beliefs leading to their thoughts twords abortion. Personally you should go with what your heart says wheather you are for or against it is your choice.

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tsuna9 | Student , College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 27, 2011 at 6:55 PM (Answer #21)

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Abortion is a form of killing...killing an innocent child.

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jbrenw | Student , Grade 9 | Honors

Posted January 12, 2012 at 2:49 AM (Answer #22)

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Because it is killing unborn babies.

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ilovemusic1225 | Student , Grade 11 | Honors

Posted January 17, 2012 at 5:08 AM (Answer #23)

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Abortion is a very heated argument. Abortion should definetly, 100% be illegal through out the entire world. How can you live with yourself knowing that you killed your child and someone elses child! There are other options to having children unexpectidly such as adoption or actually getting up and getting a job to care for this child. If you don't want a child, why would you go and be foolish rather than keeping yourself protected? I wish that the world could see eye to eye in the fact that obviously abortion is the killing of a human being no matter whether you think so or not!

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moonfal | Student , Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 21, 2012 at 10:55 PM (Answer #24)

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I should say this

We humans are no different from animals.

Mammals, to be specific, do abort. It is a natural response.

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vintagewolf426 | Student , Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 28, 2012 at 7:14 AM (Answer #25)

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why abortion should not be legal in us

why abortion should not be legal in us

You would be a guy...just plain ignorant and self absorbed

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vintagewolf426 | Student , Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 28, 2012 at 7:58 AM (Answer #26)

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Abortion for the sake of birth control is immoral and should be illegal.  Anyone who does not want to become pregnant in this time period should either be celibate or practice other birth control methods such as the pill, condoms, diaphram, etc. or a combination of any of the above.

I do not agree with abortion for rape victims, either.  It is not the child's fault it was conceived.  While some may argue that it is cruel and unusual to require the victim to carry the child to term, it is just as cruel and unusual to abort the fetus.  Believe me, the woman will be haunted either way--reliving the rape and later reliving and remembering the abortion.  If the victim can not or will not rear the child, she should give the child up for adoption--it is a better solution all around.

If the mother's life is in danger, and a choice has to be made between the mother and the child, the doctor should do what is necessary to save the life of the strongest person.  In this case, most probable is the mother.  A child needs care from an adult for many years before being able to rear him or herself.  This is the only time I believe abortion should be employed.

I agree with it. My mother was a rape victim and was not allowed to get an abortion. The government ripped away her right to life, her own life! Forcing her to continue a pregnancy! I don't even know my nationality! As a result, I was very badly beaten as a child, I would much rather have been aborted, Happy even. You sicken me. Talking like you feel the pain we feel when clearly you don't! You could never understand the pain us foster children suffer! Crying ourselves to sleep! You peoples answer to everything seems to be foster homes anyway! "Oh, you got raped? Sorry,well don't get an abortion,just throw it in a foster home" Just shut up for once,what the heck do you know about it,It's not like you didn't have a family in the first place. WE WERE ALONE FROM THE BEGINING!!! WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU KNOW ANYTHINK ABOUT IT, HUH!!!! HOW ON EARTH COULD YOU POSSIBLY UNDERSTAND WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO LOSE ALL THAT!!!!!

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taraann07 | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 11, 2012 at 7:20 AM (Answer #27)

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Just an addition to #3: Legalized abortion has forced a double-standard upon our legal society.  If a woman can abort a fetus, and it's legal--not murder, how can a person who murders a pregnant woman be charged with double homicide?  There is no logical answer for this standard.

Additionally, some leading advocates of abortion have used the practice in the United States to control the population of specific ethnic groups.  For example, Margaret Sanger, a proponent of legalized abortion, specified that abortion clinics be located in areas with a high minority population.  This disturbing truth is reminiscent of Nazi Germany, China's one-child policy, and other one-race superiority groups.

First of all, this is not a double standard because the woman is choosing to abort the fetus. The women are not choosing to be attacked and murdered with her fetus inside of her. The attacker has no right to terminate the woman's pregnancy against her will. That is a pretty logical answer to your theory. This is two very opposing situations that have nothing to do with each other. Which in turn, contradicts your theory that legalized abortion has forced a doubled standard upon our society. It does not make a difference whether or not clinics are in a "high minority population" because no one can force you to get an abortion. The question was whether or not it should be legal in the United States, not Germany or China. If you don't like abortions, then don't get one! But do not try and take away someone else's constitutional RIGHT if they chose to do so. It is not affecting your life if someone chooses to terminate their pregnancy, therefore you should respect the fourth amendment. "(The right to be secure in their persons)" At the end of the day a woman has the RIGHT to decide what happens with her reproductive system, it is her body, no one else’s

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taraann07 | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 11, 2012 at 8:08 AM (Answer #28)

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Abortion is a very heated argument. Abortion should definetly, 100% be illegal through out the entire world. How can you live with yourself knowing that you killed your child and someone elses child! There are other options to having children unexpectidly such as adoption or actually getting up and getting a job to care for this child. If you don't want a child, why would you go and be foolish rather than keeping yourself protected? I wish that the world could see eye to eye in the fact that obviously abortion is the killing of a human being no matter whether you think so or not!

A man, woman, or child of the species Homo sapiens, is the definition of a human being. Meaning that a fetus is not as human being!!It is a matter of opinion not fact! No disrespect but you should probably do some research on the topic before you start blogging your opinion and making yourself look extremely ignorant. Also, you should never pre-judge a situation until you are actually in it. Not all people who get abortions are unemployed either, just another ignorant comment from the high school student who has no credible source to back up her opinion that she thinks is a "fact"..... and as far as protecting yourself, we are human and we make mistakes. It doesn't mean that people don't deserve second chances. I'm sure your life is probably filled with rainbows and butterflies, once you graduated HS and have a huge reality check then maybe, just maybe, will you will not be so close minded! Oh and to make it illegal is un-constitutional. WE have RIGHTS!!!! if you don't like abortions, then don't have one, but do not try and take someone else's right away because your opinion doesn't match up with our rights to the fourth amendment. If you don't know what the fourth amendment is then you should try researching it, that way you don't come across and a ignorant, close minded teenager anymore.

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luiji | Student , Grade 11 | Salutatorian

Posted October 17, 2012 at 4:28 AM (Answer #29)

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This is the situation:

People justify abortion by using the classic example of the poor raped young girl, impregnated by a total stranger, and now expected to carry the burden of a pregnancy.

However, this is just one situation. What about all the selfish mothers out there who don't want kids and just want to have an abortion? People don't look at that side of things.

What makes you think that the killing of a foetus isn't murder? It is a human being isn't it?

Imagine it's world war two, and you're witnessing the mass murder of thousands of Jews. The bodies are all lying in a massive pit, and Hitler commands you to grab a shovel and bury them alive. Would you do it? No, you wouldn't.

If you wouldn't do that, why would you kill an innocent little baby?

Or maybe it isn't a baby. It's just a foetus. That's what they all say. But why is it not a baby? Does the couple inches of womb separating the baby from the outside world make that much difference?

Abortion is murder.

Under no circumstances should abortion be legalised.

 

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