Persuasive Essay About Abortion

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Abortion Discussion (Pro-Choice)
Do you believe abortion should be legal?
As a woman who has experienced the horrific tragedy of rape and all of the trauma that comes with it, I personally find a woman’s right to have a say in her own reproductive rights to be of the utmost importance. Ever since the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade was decided in January of 1973, abortion has been deemed a fundamental right for women. Additionally, a woman’s right to access legal, safe, and professionally-performed abortions severely reduces the risk of death and bodily harm associated with less safe, unlawful abortions. Lastly, studies performed via peer review in 2013 found that women who denied abortions were more likely to suffer from mental health problems when compared to women who carried out the procedure. Furthermore, only 1 in 20 women who received abortions felt that they did not make the right choice in doing so. In other words, in order to ensure the health of women, both physical and mental, in the United States, it is vital that safe avenues for abortion remain available to the general public.
Does the Life of a Human Being Begin at Conception?
Human life most certainly does not begin at conception for a variety of reasons ranging from medical to biological to legal. First of all, when we speak of how long a person has been alive we commonly refer to their age. A number which represents how long it has been since they were born, not conceived. Additionally, personhood only begins after a fetus has the ability to survive on its own outside the womb, a term that is commonly referred to as viability. At the moment of conception through up to 26 weeks into the pregnancy a fetus is not even capable of feeling pain, according to Britain's Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. This aforementioned fact has to do with the lack of a developed cortex in the said fetus. Furthermore, documents such as the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights fail to recognize fetuses as living beings as they use words such as “born” to classify those whose rights the documents encompass. Lastly, to suggest that a zygote, a diploid fertilized ovum that is formed at the time of

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