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Discursive Essay On Abortion There are many arguments when it comes to abortion some of which are convincing and some which just seem plain selfish. I believe that too many women have abortions for reasons which are not just enough for the killing of a human being. Abortion has been seen as a hot topic for hundreds of years. As more people discuss it, new dimensions are added to the argument and this may be why laws vary from country to country and have changed so many times. Abortion in England and Wales was first made illegal in the 19th century. Before then, English Common Law had allowed abortion provided it was carried out before the woman felt the foetus move. If the abortion law was broken there were no fixed penalties and the woman having the abortion was not necessarily held responsible. In 1803 the law changed and abortion became a criminal offence from the time of conception with penalties of up to life imprisonment for both the pregnant woman and the abortionist. ...read more.


It has been said that the woman is the only person who should decide whether she should continue her pregnancy or not and that the woman's partner has no right to prevent her having an abortion. It can then be said that the woman then has no right to call on her partner for support and that both parents have the joint right to abandon their responsibilities. It has been said that a foetus is not a human being; it is merely part of the woman. Whereas, medical science has proved that the foetus is biologically separate from its mother. From the moment the embryo is formed a new child is made, genetically different from its parents. The development of vitro fertilisation has proven that an embryo can exist outside a female body. All these scientific advances confirm that the unborn is a separate human being. The terms 'embryo�, 'foetus�, 'baby�, 'child� and 'adult� are just different words for a human being at different stages of life. Given the requirements, a foetus has the potential to grow into an adult. ...read more.


I also believe that it is right to let the foetus die if the life of one or more foetuses involved in a multiple pregnancy to preserve the life of other foetuses. Finally, I think that although doctors should consult other doctors, they should not be prosecuted for carrying out an abortion in extreme circumstances. For example, in 1938, Dr Alexander Bourne performed an abortion on a 14-year-old girl after a gang of soldiers raped her. Dr Bourne informed the police and was prosecuted. My main feeling about abortion is that it opposes the most basic human right, which is the right to live. Although pregnancy can be looked at as selfish, if you look at it in a different view it stops the child from being unhappy when they grow older and assures that children can only grow up knowing that there mother is their real mother. Also it slows down the growth of the world population and although this is selfish it is true and may benefit the world as a whole whether it is unfair or not. Whatever the truth is and whatever people's opinions are abortions will always be an issue in society although laws may be implemented to benefit humankind. George Munjas 11ME ...read more.

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