Please help me understand how to write a persuasive/argumentative essay on abortion.I have to do a persuasive/argumentative essay for my exams, But I dont know ho to write one Can someone explain...

Please help me understand how to write a persuasive/argumentative essay on abortion.

I have to do a persuasive/argumentative essay for my exams,

But I dont know ho to write one

Can someone explain to me how to write a persuasive essay because i dont know the diference between a normal essay and a persuasive essay. The topic is on abortion.

thanks

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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When you are writing an persuasive or argumentative essay, you must take a stand. In your case, you must decide whether you are for or against abortion.

Gather the opinions of experts on the topic, personal narratives, and weave these in with your own feelings about abortion.

No matter what side you are on, there are many different things with which you will have to contend.

For example, if you are Pro-Life (as most anti-abortionists like to be called), you will have to decide if you are pro-life in ALL cases of unwanted pregnancies. For example, would you be in favor or abortions in cases of rape or incest? If there is something terribly wrong with the fetus, meaning that the parents will have lifelong issues and expenses with the child? What if the pregnancy is endangering the life of the mother? Some pro-life adherents do make these exceptions; others say that abortion is wrong 100% of the time.

If you are Pro-Choice (as most people in favor of allowing women the right to abortion choose to be called), you must make a similiar choice. For example, would you allow a woman to have an abortion at any point during her pregnancy? At what point is it too late?

Other considerations for both sides include parental notification if a minor female child seeks an abortion. There is a nice listing at beliefnet.com detailing the pros and cons of this type of legislation. You will find the link below.

Remember, no matter what side you choose to argue for, you absolutely must acknowledge the opposing point of view. I call these rebuttals the "Yes, but..." portion of your argument. Here, you politely state the other side, but then say why your take, in your opinion, is the superior one.  While your opinion is important, it will not be a very good essay unless you find experts to back up your assertions. These experts can be doctors, statistics, politicians, theologians, and  women who have been in the position of having to decide.

For a good overview on how to write a persuasive essay, please view the eNotes document linked below.

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