AbortionShould abortion be allowed? Please state the reason for your answer and any references to any articles or websites about the subject would be greatly appreciated...

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This depends almost completely on your belief as to when a fetus becomes a human being.

If a fetus is human from the moment of conception, then abortion is surely wrong.  It is surely wrong to kill a human being for the convenience of another human being.

However, if a fetus is not a human being until it reaches some given stage of development, then abortion is acceptable and should be allowed, at least to some degree.  If a fetus is just a part of the mother, then the mother has the right to abort it because she controls her own body.

So it really, in my mind, comes down to that -- when does a fetus become human?  That's something that only you can decide for yourself.

lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a very sensitive subject and you are likely to get several responses both ways on this issue. I agree that it depends on when we consider a fetus to be a human being. Those against abortion will tend to argue that a fetus is a human being at the point of conception, those for abortion have a different opinion. Then you also have to take into account the rights of the mother carrying the child, the father that helped conceive the child and all the religiousbeliefs of the people involved.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is an answer that each individual must arrive at for himself or herself. For example, I could never do such a thing. Yet, if one of my daughters was pregnant, and the pregnancy was going to jeopardize her life, I would probably feel differently. In addition, consider the very real case of a 10-year old girl who was raped by her mother's boyfriend. She became pregnant. At 10 years of age, should she have to deliver a child?

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I heard one state's new abortion law being called state-sanctioned rape.  When a woman is raped, she rarely wants to keep the baby.  If she brings it to term, she needs to adopt it out.  If she keeps it, she has a constant reminder of her rape.