ï»¿Running head: Weighing Youâ€™re Options: Pro-Choice v. Pro-life
Weighing Youâ€™re Options: Pro-Choice v. Pro-life
Durham Technical Community College
Alexa A. Doan
English 112, Section 106
February 12, 2014
Weighing Your Options: Pro-Choice v. Pro-life
When it comes to abortion most of us will agree it is a controversial issue. This agreement usually ends with the question of a womanâ€™s right to choose. Whereas some are convinced that the only avenue is allowing women the right to choose if abortion is right for them, others maintain that no matter the situation, abortion is a crime and should not be allowed as a way to solve a ...view middle of the document...
Knowing all the Facts
The ongoing debate over abortion has been a foremost social issue that first materialized in our nation over two centuries ago. During the 1960's and the 1970's the civil rights movement and womenâ€™s rights movement brought abortion to the forefront. This is one of the national issues we still see running rampant today between two opposing philosophies, who have formed two different schools of thought known as pro-life and pro-choice. With these varying philosophies, both parties are always fighting over who is right and who is wrong on this very sensitive topic. Initially, it is vital to understand each side and recognize their beliefs, the organizations they support, and what each party wants to happen to bring about change without passing judgment due to our own personal views on the topic. Once that is accomplished, taking a course of action that will ultimately lead to a peaceful resolution on abortion is the first of many steps. We must delve deep and carefully analyze how abortion has changed throughout history, and why each significant issue in conflict between each side matters. Furthermore, we must also analyze why such conflict makes it impossible for both parties to negotiate and arrive at a solution. It is then with an analysis that policy makers can finally carry out a solution on abortion that we have been unable to solve for over two centuries.
Arguments Supporting Pro-Choice
Many pro-choice supporters view pregnancy itself as a traumatic event for a woman. Those who advocate for the pro-choice school of thought strongly believe a woman should have complete control over her body. When viewing pregnancy from a different perspective a woman is subjected to both emotional and physical pain for nine grueling months, which can have negative effects on the womanâ€™s life. Ibid noted that â€œWhile a small proportion of women who have abortions do so because of health concerns or fetal anomalies, the large majority chooses termination in response to an unintended pregnancyâ€ (as cited in The Alan Guttmacher Institute, 2004, p.110). The effects of a pregnancy on day-to-day life of women are an enormous factor in the decision to abort. When someone is trying to decide which camp they support, considering situations that arise because of rape and incest should be considered before coming to a final decision on where you stand. According to Lowen, â€œIn the case of rape or incest, forcing a woman made pregnant by this violent act would cause further psychological harm to the victim. Often a woman is too afraid to speak up or is unaware she is pregnant, thus the morning after pill is ineffective in these situations,â€ which is an argument many pro-choice advocates believe can warrant an abortion along with other situations.
Arguments Supporting Pro-Life
Pro-life advocates are against abortion, no matter what if you strictly adhere to the philosophies of pro-life advocates. They believe there is no...