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Abortion in the USA

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Bowen- Carrie Bowen Mrs. Geranen-Comp 1 18 October 2011 Argumentative Essay Argumentative Essay- Abortion Abortion is a growing argument among Americans. While Pro-Choice advocates believe it is a women?s choice, Pro-Life believe it is murder to abort a child. It is estimated that in Arkansas alone in 2010, 4532 babies were legally aborted. While the number has decreased throughout the years I believe it is still too high. Abortions can be traced back as far as the early American Colonies but were not legalized till 1973. Since 1973, it is estimated 50 million abortions have been performed in the United States; therefore many regulations have been put on abortion. For instance, Arkansas requires that woman have counseling, but does not require an ultrasound or wait period for abortions, like Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Wisconsin. Under Medicaid, funds for most medically necessary abortions in Arkansas must be court ordered, and minors have to have Parent Consent but a judge can bypass this. ...read more.

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They also argue that along with not knowing or being embarrassed these women would be put through more trauma by carrying out the pregnancy. They argue that a woman?s control of her body is critical to civil rights, and that by taking away their reproductive choice you are also giving the government control of making woman take birth control or undergo sterilization. They also say that teenage mothers have a grim fate. That a woman?s fetus is a part of her body just like her ear or nose. They argue that until the fetus is at a ?viable? age it does not become a human being. The last of their points is that adoption is not always a good choice because once a mother has the baby they often cannot part with it. While I have considered and thought carefully about all of the Pro-Choice points, and respect their opinions, I feel differently. While many women may be embarrassed or not know if they have conceived due to rape or incest the morning after pill is always available and should be a safe alternative. ...read more.

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My last argument is that of fetal homicide laws. In Arkansas if a mother is killed in a violent act the murderer is charged with a double-homicide regardless the age of the fetus. If this is true how can we justify abortion at all? For the death of an unborn child in its mother?s womb the murderer can be charged with 99 years in prison for the fetus alone. The mother may not have even known she was pregnant, and there is justice for that child, but when it is an abortion nothing is done. In every case of abortion it is a gruesome scene and yet it is legal, but when a child is killed with its mother it is scene as murder. Abortion is a heated topic in the United States and it seems everyone has an opinion about it. I hope through the facts and my reasoning that you will see that Abortion no matter the reason is wrong, and that every child should have the right to live. ...read more.

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