The argument of abortion has been raging since the Supreme Court case, Roe vs. Wade, in 1973. This court case has divided the country into two factions: pro-choice and pro-life. Pro-life advocates argue that abortions are murder and extreme levels of child abuse. While pro-choice advocates believe abortions are a justifiable means to end pregnancies. The pro-choice argument is that the fetus is not yet a human being and its rights should not override that of the mother’s.
The abortion controversy has been debated for years. The presidential election this year has become very involved with this topic. On one side, John F. Kerry, along with third party candidate Ralph Nader, the pro-choice supporters, sees individual choice as central to the debate: If a woman cannot choose to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, a condition which affects her body and possibly her entire life, then she has lost one of her most basic human rights. However, George Bush feels the complete opposite. He thinks having an abortion is unethical and unjust. I agree with Kerry. The government has no right to interfere with a mother’s decision and trying to deny abortion to any woman is denying that mother’s civil
What do you think about when you hear the word abortion? According to dictionary.com Abortion is the removal of an embryo or fetus from the uterus in order to end a pregnancy and also any of various surgical methods for terminating a pregnancy, especially during the first six months. Abortion it’s a decision a woman has the right to make. No government should have the right to dictate what happens to the woman’s body. Nobody should have a word or say in the decision the woman takes. Abortion is an individual’s freedom, it’s needed for medical procedures and for a victim’s protection. It is the individual’s fundamental right to be in control of their own body and the way it functions; no one should be forced to continue another life if it was never purposely meant. You possibly know of someone who has gotten an abortion. They could have done it for personal reasons, reasons you will never understand. You personally had no say in their decisions, and just agree on what they planned to do. You were there for support because you knew they would end up needing someone by their side to help them out through this chapter in their life they just went through. This topic is very controversial and there is always to side to every argument and for this argument there is the side of Pro-choice and Pro-Life. Pro-Choice is what I support and what I will be talking about in this paper. By supporting my side of the argument by giving information on why it is a good
The 1973 Supreme Court decision in the case of Roe vs. Wade is the foundation for our current abortion policy as well as the cause of so much controversy today. Though always an issue, nothing prior can compare to the momentum that it has now. In the span of 30 years since the ruling, the combination of science, morals and religion have spun off numerous sub-issues to the effect that people have been left either aligned to one side of the argument, or caught in the middle, unable to choose. The key issue at hand is whether the 1973 ruling of Roe vs. Wade should be upheld or should all abortions be illegal. The issue is so divisive because abortion brings up closely related but unresolved moral issues, and tries to
The controversy of abortion has been going on for what seems like millions of years. It all began at the start of the Roe v. Wade court decision. According to many, a woman is guaranteed her right to an abortion by her constitutional right. The eighth amendment forbids cruel and unusual punishment, but the fifth amendment protects a person from self-incrimination (Herda 31 and 32). I personally think, and I think the state's position will be and is, that the right of the child to life is superior to that woman’s right to privacy (qtd in Herda 47). Many people believe that abortion is considered murder, so stating that, the doctors who perform abortion are mass murders. When Bill Clinton was the president of the United States, he encouraged pro-choice forces by lifting the “gag rule”, which prevented federal funding to abortion clinics (Herda 95). Many people have their pros and cons to their side of abortion, whether to be pro-choice or pro-life. Women would not have to suffer the trauma, fears or humiliation of pregnancy. All eyes were on Texas, one of the most restrictive states for abortion laws, as the United States Supreme court struck down some of those limits last month (Schorsch). The Roe v. Wade court case was taking place in Texas, and a few months later, the court made their final
The topic I have selected to write about in this research paper is the issue of Abortion, My thesis in this paper is to analyze the history of abortion in the United States prior to the Roe vs. Wade decision and afterwards, and to demonstrate the ways in which our two major political parties’ views on this issue have shifted over time along with the public’s view on the issue.
“Abortion is the spontaneous or artificially induced expulsion of an embryo or fetus” (Abortion, 2002). An artificially induced abortion is the type referred to in the legal context. Abortions happen in different situations. The question comes when is it the right or wrong choice. The root question becomes the moment a fetus becomes a person and entitled to rights. The fetus could be a person at conception, during the pregnancy, or at birth. The deciding moment differs from the Pro-life group and Pro-choice group. After critically analyzing four different arguments about the pros and cons of abortion, one will be able to understand the ethical, moral, and
Abortion is defined as terminating a pregnancy before the fetus has been born. Abortion has been and still is very controversial and has had an increasing amount of cases all over the world. In 2000 there were over one million abortions in the United States (Harper, et al, 501). Abortion is one of the most common procedures women undergo. According to the current abortion rates about thirty percent of women will have an abortion by the age of forty-five (Jones and Kavanaugh, 2011). Most abortions are attributed to unplanned pregnancies. In 2001 half of the 6.4 million pregnancies were not planned and half of this number resulted in having an abortion (Jones and Kavanaugh, 2011). Abortion is one of the biggest aspects that healthcare faces. Although the view of abortion is very controversial there are still many aspects that people do not know about the issue.
The topic on the issue of the abortion policy is one that has been around for decades. This topic is one that has caused great controversy throughout the course of history, prompting individuals to side either, pro-choice or pro-life, allowing little room for any gray area. Regardless of which position one sides with, there has been, and possibly always will be, strong emotions and feeling attached with the topic. The connation and denotation attached with both sides has prompted discussion on not just the issue at hand, but, as well as, the personal views and possible repercussions stemming from said views. There are a multitude of different U.S. Health Policies that fall under the umbrella of abortion. However, there is one specific policy that especially caught my attention. The specific abortion I would like to focus on is the Hyde Amendment, which withholds federal funding from abortions, unless the pregnancy is a danger to mother, or a product of rape or incest. ("S.142 - 113th Congress (2013-2014): Hyde Amendment Codification Act")
Abortion is something that should be utilized, as long as it meets a strict list of prerequisites in order to follow through with the operation. Many people feel very strongly against abortion, and many feel strong in support for abortion. The notion of morality, and ethical issues come into a huge part in the decision making process.
Picture yourself before you were born, when you were just growing in your mother’s stomach. Would you refer to yourself then as a choice or a life? According to the procedure of abortion you were nothing more than a choice. The miracle of life can be easily ended by abortion, which is the removal of an embryo or fetus from the uterus in order to end a pregnancy. Someone who is pro-choice believes that abortion should be legal in the United States. On the other hand, there is pro-life. People who are pro-life believes that abortion should be illegal in the United States. They believe that the embryo or fetus is a person and should be given the right to live. Abortion should be illegal in the United States because the embryo or fetus is a living
The controversy within the biomedical ethics topic, abortion, has two main proponents. The first is the view against abortion, also known as pro-life. The other view is rooted upon the belief of being pro-choice, or basically for abortions. These two different views are like two mathematical principles, in that although these two views have many differences, they also have larger similarities in the background. For example, when pro-choice activists support abortions due to unwanted pregnancies, the activists are not rallying behind the idea of sexual incompetency (pregnancies due to lack of birth control). Rather, they are supporting the idea that women have the right to choose what to do with their own bodies. In order to understand
With the ongoing debate and the advancement of technology in determining the viability of a fetus, abortion, the ending of a pregnancy by removing a fertilized egg, has become increasingly controversial. The morality of abortion has caused many to separate into opposite sides of the spectrum, pro-life and pro-choice. The arguments over abortion has stirred a continuous debate between a pro-choice stance such as that presented by the analogical reasoning of Thomson or Glover’s examination of social context and a pro-life position argued by a moral view of personhood by Noonan. The ethical arguments presented by the conflicting views in the abortion debate has caused others to taken into consideration a sociological account visible in
So long as political debate has existed in America, there has been a strong tension between the ideologies of conservatism and liberalism. While there are numerous differences between the two ideologies, the core of each is expressed clearly through the modern debate of abortion. The vision, ideals, and assumptions of each ideology can be identified through the way in which each ideology argues its position on abortion.