Abortion: Right or Wrong?
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Keywords: This paper explores the pros and cons of abortion. Many people believe differently on whether it is right or wrong.
[ Abortion ]: Right or Wrong?
Abortion has been a huge topic in the United States for years now, and whether it is the right thing to do or not has caused many debates. It was declared a fundamental right by the U.S. Supreme Court during Roe vs. Wade, yet many people beg to differ. The ones who believe it is right identify themselves as pro-choice, believing that abortion is a woman’s right and that it should not be limited by governmental or religious authority. ...view middle of the document...
S. Government, and killing a human being is wrong. The federal Unborn Victims of Violence Act enacts "to protect unborn children from assault and murder," and states that any person intentionally killing or attempting to kill an unborn child should be punished. About 38 states have passed fetal homicide laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Life is believed to begin at conception, making babies a human with a right to live. Jerome Lejeune, a French geneticist, states, "To accept the fact that after fertilization has taken place a new human has come into being is no longer a matter of taste or opinion... The human nature of the human being from conception to old age is not a metaphysical contention, it is plain experimental evidence." It is known that a fetus is a living being, making abortion a wrong choice.
Pro-choice people believe that personhood begins after the fetus is able to survive outside of the womb, or is born. Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy, not a baby, and embryos and fetuses are not self-determining beings. According to the fourteenth amendment, a ‘person’s’ citizenship rights and equal protection does not refer to unborn children. During abortion, a fetus is unable to feel pain, due to an undeveloped cortex. "Most neuroscientists believe that the cortex is necessary for pain perception," as stated by Britain's Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in the 2010 review. The cortex is not developed in a fetus until the 26th week of development, which is long after most abortions are performed. A study performed by the University of California in San Francisco, conducted in 2005, states that a fetus probably cannot feel pain until the 29th or 30th week of pregnancy. Abortions that late into a pregnancy are usually illegal and rare to come by.
Another big argument to abortion is the psychological damage that it can cause and the reduction of adoptable babies. Many people believe that abortion is wrong because some couples cannot biologically conceive a baby. The number of US infant adoptions dropped from about 90,000 in 1971 to 18,000 in 2007, that is a 72,000 difference in 36 years. Abortion causes many unborn babies to not have a life with a couple willing to take care of them, and causes many couples to be without their own children. Despite that fact, abortion can cause many different...