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Abortion Position Paper

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Abortion Position Paper Abortion is one of the most compelling and controversial issues in American culture and politics today. Since its legalization in 1973, abortion has sparked heated rivalries between groups wanting to either restrict or increase access to the procedure. These groups are usually considered either pro-life or pro-choice. Pro-lifers generally contend that abortion is wrong because it kills human life. Those who are pro-choice believe that abortion should remain legal because a woman has the right to control what happens to her body. These same people proclaim that abortion isn't murder because the baby has yet to be born. What they must realize is that this is a living soul they're killing, someone who has the potential to prosper in this world. People can no longer ignore the scientific evidence that life begins at the moment of conception. They must stop denying the facts about the procedure and start hearing the silent screams of unborn children. On January 22, 1973, a pregnant single woman, using the assumed named of Roe, brought an action challenging the constitutionality of the Texas abortion laws. ...read more.

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The pro-choice supporters say that until the baby is separated from his mother and breathing, it is not murder to have an abortion. Researchers have stated that the fetus does indeed feel pain during the operation. This begs the question that if pain is suffered, how is murder not the result of abortion? All abortions are categorized as either first, second, or third trimester abortions. First trimester abortions are the most commonly performed procedures. Almost 90% of women choose to have an abortion during this time period. Two of the most common techniques are manual vacuum aspiration and RU-486. Manual vacuum aspiration, or RVA, is becoming more available in North America. First developed in the 1960's, the RVA procedure involves a hand held syringe that creates a tiny vacuum that removes the embryo(Robinson). The second and more up-to-date method is called RU-486. A single pill is to be taken within 49 days of the start of the last menstrual period. It causes the woman's uterine walls to collapse and the contractions of her uterus to begin. ...read more.

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Although they make a case for reasons such as rape or possible death, the majority of their claims are bogus. Concern about her own death is rarely a reason a woman has an abortion because in that situation her life is rarely in peril. When it comes to pregnancy because of rape, I believe that the woman should offer the child up for adoption and not destroy the child for something he or she didn't do. Recent studies also point out medical problems that can arise from having an abortion. Such problems include an increased chance of breast cancer, a 25% chance of becoming infertile, post abortion syndrome (PAS), and future miscarriages(Robinson). Women who choose to have an abortion believe they are relieving themselves of a burden when in fact they are adding to their problems. Many women experience problems following abortions such as depression or health issues that the procedure causes. Women must realize that the situation, whether their fault or not, will not be resolved by killing an innocent being. If women can see the value of having that child and saving a life, then maybe those silent screams can be quieted. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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