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Abortion: Pro- Life or Pro- Choice?

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Victoria P. Panna Fran Pliskin English 101- 27 4 November 2003 Abortion: Pro- Life or Pro- Choice? Abortion: an operation or other invention to end a pregnancy by removing an embryo or fetus from the womb. Abortion is a controversial topic in today's society and I believe that each individual, depending on the circumstance, has the right to choose. Some people have a hard time distinguishing the difference between pro-choice and pro-life. Pro-choice is advocating open legal access to voluntary abortion. Pro-life is in favor of bringing the human fetus to full term, especially by campaigning against open access to abortion and against experimentation on embryos. What makes abortion so controversial in today's society? Abortion is controversial because there are many varying viewpoints that come from a wide variety of sources. The biggest issue with abortion is determining when an embryo or fetus becomes a human being. Some argue that the fetus becomes a human being at the time of conception, while others argue that the fetus does not become a human being until after birth. ...read more.

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In these situations, the fetus has become an unjust aggressor. Catholic morality then defines this as indirect abortion, which can be justified by the principle of double effect. What about women who are victims, whether it is by rape or incest? If a woman is violently or unjustly taken out of her element and forced to perform sexual acts, in which she becomes pregnant, I feel that she has every right to abort the baby. In this situation, no matter what choice the woman makes, she loses. If she continues the pregnancy, she will have to carry around the consequence of forceful sex with her for the duration of her pregnancy. If she keeps the baby, she will have to look at her child and know that the baby was not conceptual. If she gives the baby up for adoption, then she will probably never see her baby again, and will be torn in despair. If she gets an abortion, she is then considered a whore or damned to hell for all eternity, in the eyes of the public. ...read more.

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Statements from feminists include that, "...the only way women will be able to have complete control over their bodies and the choice to reproduce is if she has free access to abortion." In certain aspects, nature and society treat men and women differently. This negative discrimination against women can not begin to be eliminated without allowing women access to abortion. While some argue that abortion is morally wrong, others will continue to argue that the only way to completely achieve freedom is to recognize the need and desire for abortion to be legal. From this conclusion, I hypothesize that making abortion a limited choice would remove the bitter arguments from both sides of this issue, because the woman, herself, could seek the use of an abortion in extreme cases, such as rape, incest, or in the case of endangering the health of herself. If the public is better educated on the use of contraceptives, such as male or female condoms, birth control pill, and spermicide, then they will protect themselves the next time they choose to engage in sexual acts, thus reducing the need for abortions. Page 1 of 4 ...read more.

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