Abortion: An ethical dilemma.

1944 Words Oct 14th, 2005 8 Pages
Abortion, the intentional termination of a pregnancy through surgical or medical devices, was legalized in 1973. This issue of abortion has caused a great segregation in our country. Often the debate is thought to be conservative versus liberal, republican versus democrat, but more accurately it is pro-life versus pro choice. A pro-life stance opposes the belief that a woman should have the freedom to choose an abortion in the case that for any reason she does not want to have a baby. Pro-choice takes the opposite stance; pro-choice is a belief that a women should have the autonomy to chose an abortion in the case of an unwanted pregnancy (Freesearch, 2005). Difficult questions get thrown around between the two views. Where does life …show more content…
It is believed that the health care decisions should be made by the individual not to be persuaded by politicians or legislation (Prochoice.com, 2004). Depending on where her virtues stand, her decision should be completely autonomous.

From a pro-life prospective life begins at conception. When a sperm fertilizes an egg an impending baby is formed. A heart beat begins around eight to twelve weeks after conception a body systems are present eight weeks after conception; therefore, conception is the beginning point of life (Answers.com, 2005). Since murder is considered the active preconceived termination of life, abortion, to a pro-life supporter, would be a form of murder.

Not only is the pro-life argument based on protection of the fetus, it is also concerned with the wellbeing of the women. Consider this story. Christi, a remarkably friendly and outgoing seventeen year old girl was devastated; her world as she knew it was suddenly crumbling to pieces. Frantic over her undesired situation, Christi and her parents could only think of one solution: abortion. The day after Christi's eighteenth birthday, her mother drove her to the Mayfair Women's Clinic in Aurora, California, hoping to solve the intruding problem that had arisen. Christi and her mother's fears diminished when they saw how clean and professional the clinic seemed to be. The doctor led Christi into a counseling room before they proceeded

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