Three Opposing Viewpoints on Abortion Essay

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Three Opposing Viewpoints on Abortion


Abortion has been an issue of heated debate in the United States for numerous years. Legislation has ruled it legal to perform an abortion on any gestational age of an embryo or fetus. Some people agree with the law and consider themselves pro-choice. Others are completely against abortion and are pro-life. In addition to these two groups is another group who support abortion in the first half of pregnancy, but believe abortion should be banned for the second half.

Pro-Choice

Those who agree with the laws on abortion are strong supporters of the woman's right to choose. Hence, they call themselves pro-choice advocates. These persons are in support of abortions no matter
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This group of people also believes that pregnant women have the right to refuse to use their bodies for the growth of something they do not want. They see unwanted pregnancies as invasions of a woman's body.

Pro-Life

Those against abortion believe that it kills an unborn child. They consider themselves to be pro-life advocates for America's unborn children. These persons suggest that the beginning of human life is at the instant of fertilization. They see abortion as morally and ethically wrong.

Pro-choice persons view abortion as murder. They view an unborn child as a human with rights to life. They argue that taking a human life living outside the uterus is considered murder, so killing an embryo or fetus, an unborn child, is also murder.

Pro-life advocates also argue that abortions are being used for unsettling reasons. People are choosing to have abortions when they discover that their unborn child is not "perfect." The embryo or fetus may be the wrong sex, or have some form of a birth defect. They also view abortions as an unacceptable form of birth control. Many women are not getting one abortion because of an unwanted pregnancy, but two, three, and sometimes even more.

Late-Term Abortions

A third group of people involved in the abortion debate are pro-choice for the first half of pregnancy, but…