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What are the arguments for and against the issue of abortion?

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What are the arguments for and against the issue of abortion? I am going to explore and discuss the arguments for and against the issue of abortion and examine the various points of view argued by different individuals and groups "Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy before the foetus is visible and capable of living outside the womb" (Donnellan 2000) Presently, one of the most complex and emotional dilemmas facing modern society is that of abortion. The complexity of this dilemma has caused controversy throughout the nation. It has raised many fundamental questions such as who has the right to make the decision to abort a child, the female or the male? It has also raised many moral questions, questions that differ among society. There are two types of abortions a spontaneous abortion, or also known as a miscarriage, occurs when the embryo fails to develop and dies. The second type is induced, which is a procedure intended to terminate a suspected or known pregnancy. Most of induced abortions occur in the first 12 weeks, after which involves a much more complicated procedure. ...read more.

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Humanists believe that there is a clear point at which a foetus becomes a person. The humanistic view says, "Man is the highest standard there is. You don't answer to anyone, so do whatever you want." (Bohlin.S) Although many women choose to have an abortion because of circumstances they cannot control, many women have an abortion because they are not ready to accept the responsibility of raising a child. Deciding who has the legal right to make a decision pertaining to the child will take many years of conflict to resolve. Whoever does make the decision must take into account the mental and emotional consequences without the influence of any religion. The anti-abortionists' strategy involves focusing solely on what happens to the foetus, which they eagerly describe in gruesome detail. Their professed compassion for the foetus apparently leaves no room for considering the woman's health and happiness. For them, waving a picture of a mangled foetus constitutes an argument. But if it does, then so does waving a picture of a woman whose future was ruined because she was denied an abortion or of a woman mangled by a back-alley abortion. A picture is not an argument and should not be allowed as a cover-up. ...read more.

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I believe that it is the woman's right to decide if she wants to have a child or not. Some women who become pregnant are not mentally, physically, or financially stable enough to raise a child. If this is the case, I believe that a child should not be brought into the world because it will then have an unhealthy life style. If a woman becomes pregnant from rape or incest then it should be okay for her to have an abortion. For whatever reason, if a woman decides to have an abortion, then it should be her choice, no one else's. Abortion is safe. In fact, it has been proven that having an abortion is twice as safe as having your tonsils taken out, and eleven times safer than giving birth. Just because a woman decides to have an abortion, that does not make her a "bad" person. It simply states that she was not ready to have a child. I respect women who choose to have abortions because they are not only thinking of their lives, they are thinking about the child that would be involved. Having a child is a huge responsibility, and if you cannot handle that responsibility, then you should not bring a child into the world. ...read more.

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