Abortion: Is It Murder?

1524 Words Apr 6th, 2008 7 Pages
Abortion is an extremely controversial issue and one that many people can have very strong feelings for on both sides of the debate. Those who support abortion rights argue that it is a woman’s choice what to do with her body. Although, the unborn baby inside a woman is still a person living, and terminating that pregnancy is the same thing as murder. No one should have the choice to commit murder. Abortion is honestly wrong because the laws prohibiting abortion help to keep people from playing God for selfish reasons. According to the “Guttmacher Institute,” in the United States about 1.6 million pregnancies end in abortion. Women with incomes under eleven thousand dollars are over three times more likely to abort than those with …show more content…
If abortion was illegal it would force poor women to support and raise children they can't afford. There would be a ton of unsafe abortions. It would also force women to give up their dreams and stay home to raise babies that they wouldn’t have to be raising. Worst of all, it would condemn victims of rape and incest to carry and nurture the offspring of their rapist. Abortion is necessary for women to have control over their own bodies and life. One activist said, "If I hadn't had that abortion my life would have been a disaster. I wouldn't have made it to medical school. I was married at that point to a very ill man and it would have been terrible to have to have my baby. People who need abortions are in some kind of turmoil and it's really a life-saving thing." To ignore the rights of others is selfish. Women should have the right to control the functions of their own bodies. They should not be forced to have a baby if they don't want to. They should be able to decide what happens to them and have a safe way of doing so. Women are in control of their own bodies and lives. Abortion is however considered murder by half of all Americans. Pro-lifers believe that human life begins at the moment of conception. When the joining of the egg and sperm is complete, they are fertilized and known as the zygote. The zygote contains a set of 46 chromosomes which is required to create a baby. Scientists say that at the moment of fertilization the ovum takes on

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