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Pro Choice Or Pro Life?

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Elizabeth Striley
Mrs. Hollewell
English 11/12
9 February 2017
Pro-Choice or Pro-Life?
Abortion is a very controversial topic, and has been for many decades in the United States. Ever since the Supreme Court Case: Roe vs. Wade in 1973, an intense battle has raged forth. People who are against abortion are called Pro-Life; people who support abortion are Pro-Choice. The two main questions people try to answer on this issue are “Is the fetus a human being or not?” and “What is the definition of life?” According to Webster’s New World Dictionary, the definition of fetus is “The unborn young, in humans, from about the eighth week after conception until birth.” (“Agnes,”) Pro-Choice supporters say that the fetus is not a human being and that
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They do not want to die, but cannot escape it. Abortion doesn’t terminate a pregnancy, it terminates a child. Statistics show that is most people believe that abortion is just another form of contraception. Abortion is the death of a child, not the prevention of pregnancy. If a woman or couple does not desire to become pregnant, she/they should responsibly use contraception or abstain. Abortion is a surgical procedure that people resort to for an unwanted pregnancy. Contraception is something women or men use to prevent pregnancy. “Nationally, 82% of women obtaining abortions are unmarried. These statistics strongly suggest abortion is used primarily as birth control.” (“Abortion Myths”)
Many people ask the question: “What about in cases of rape?” “It is commonly assumed that rape victims who become pregnant would naturally want abortions. But in the only major study of pregnant rape victims ever done, Dr. Sandra Mahkorn found that 75 to 85 percent chose against abortion.” (Reardon) Abortion after rape results in punishing an innocent victim rather than the perpetrator of the crime. A woman’s chances of becoming pregnant are the same after rape as they are after consensual sex, according to medical experts. (“Experts :”). However, the percentage of rape that results in pregnancy fluctuates constantly because not all women are on their ovulation period at the time of rape (“Experts :”). Here are two women’s
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