19 September 2015
My Microbiology professor, Dr. Akhavan, asked the whole class one scorching July day during our summer session, "What defines a living thing?" I, wanting to impress the professor, quickly raised my hand and answered the question confidently, "Living things respond to stimuli." After he shook his head, at least twelve other students tried to get the right answer. With a frustrated look, he finally gave it up: "CELLS!" He went on to say that all living things are composed of cells--bacteria, fungi, protozoa--no matter how microscopic they are, these microorganisms are made up of cells, that ultimately categorize them as living organisms. Viruses, on the other hand, are …show more content…
We live in a world that proclaims a false dichotomy: "you are either for women 's well-being and empowerment, or you are pro life" (Beaty 2015). Forty years after the monumental Roe v. Wade case, we are surprised to see a gradual shift in favor of pro-life views to 51%. Continual restriction to readily available abortion is necessary because of the brutalities associated with the abortion industry, the restriction to fundamental rights of the unborn, and the harmful and unintended effects post-abortive women face. The abortion industry has become a brutal, yet profitable business. The transaction is comprised of an unborn person 's body parts being crushed and extracted to be exchanged for money (Beaty 2015). The sale of fetal tissue is not anywhere near legal, but Planned Parenthood was exposed for selling aborted specimens at 50,70, 100 dollars a pop (Smietana 2015). With California 's AB154, abortion access has become exponentially expanded as a result of including advanced practice nurses, nurse-midwives, and physician assistants to be eligible abortion providers (Freedman 2015). Still, there are those that argue that abortion access is limited. The truth is: 1.3 million abor ions are performed annually in the United States, which is the highest rate in the western world (Jost 2006). The reasons why an abortion is performed has become completely
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One of the first moral issues addressed by both sides of the abortion debate concerns a pregnant woman’s so-called natural “right” to make “reproductive choices.” (“The Rights of Pregnant Women”) Anti-abortion advocacy groups claim that “the only way to actually protect the mother’s rights will be by enforcing laws that secure her child’s right to life,” (“Argument 2”) whereas pro-abortion groups contend that these laws “create a dangerous precedent for wide-ranging government intrusion into the lives of all women.” (“The Rights”) With two fundamentally contrasting viewpoints at odds with each other, it is apparent that one of the core issues concurrent with abortion is a woman’s rights versus the rights of her unborn fetus.
The issue of abortion is one of the most controversial topics of our time, but recently the amount of public interest has grown exponentially. A number of bills regarding this policy issue such as Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 and Child Interstate Notification Act have both greatly influenced the public’s opinion of abortion. Although, the issue of abortion hasn’t always been like this; according to Timeline of Abortion Laws and Events, an article from the Chicago Tribune, “The earliest anti-abortion laws were intended to protect women from untrained abortionists.” (Timeline) Since the 1973 passing of the Supreme Court Case, Roe V Wade, women have been able to obtain the abortion procedure in all 50 states, 46 of which were
Out of all modern social controversies, perhaps the most heated controversy is that of abortion. In today’s society you are either a Pro-life or a Pro-choice, there is not a middle ground. Pro-life are individuals who believe abortion is immoral and should be stop for the wellbeing of women and unborn babies. In contrast, the Pro-choice individuals do not necessarily promote abortion, they just believe women should be the ones to make decisions over their bodies and health. Although the two main sides of the abortion debate have concerns for human life, pro-life activists worries more about the fetus and morals, a clear difference from the pro-choice that worries more for the women and their rights. Based on the points I explored, the pro-choice arguments are stronger than pro-life arguments. Most of both groups arguments comes from peer-reviewed researches from well-known sources to support each individual concept. Effects on women,socio-politics, and fetus are some of the main point of conflicts between the pro-life and pro-choice advocates.
We have seen a monumental amount of political and social activism coming from Pro-life and Pro-choice proponents in the 25 years following the Supreme Court 's landmark decision in Roe v. Wade. Far from settling the issue of a woman 's constitutional right to an abortion, the Roe decision galvanized pro-life and prochoice groups and precipitated many small "battles" in what many on both sides view to be a "war" between fetal protection and women 's access to reproductive choice (Oliveri, 1998). Now, the choice to abort a child in what is now being deemed as “late-term” abortion is something that activists and political leaders are wanting.
Abortion is a controversial topic that has plagued the country for decades. Even after the 7-2 Supreme Court trial (Roe vs. Wade) made it legal for women to choose to get abortions. This decision was based off the right of privacy coupled with the agreement between the woman and the state. Due to this decision abortion rights vary from state to state, in fact, about 85% of United States counties do not provide abortion services. Even though, abortion is ten times safer than the actual process of giving birth and 68,000 women died from resorting to “back-alley abortions.” Knowing all this, there are still two main groups arguing
It is 2016 and with the anniversary of “Roe v. Wade” past us, the citizens of this free country continue to oppose on the issue of whether abortion should be legal in the United States. Because many people argue that termination of pregnancy is murder, they believe that it is just to penalize those who support pro-choice law, however it is unjust to prevent a woman from making her own decisions when it comes to her body. Most of these arguments are advocated because of philosophical beliefs, and, or those with extremist views. Abortion, like homosexuality is not accepted in many religions; both are often times associated with sin, therefore these conservatives do not agree. Oppositions by extremists are heard of throughout society because of their lack of compassion and education. Both women and men must take into consideration aside from their passionate emotions and morals, that “Pro-Choice” does not mean “Anti-Life”
The United States has been divided now over the issue of abortion for thirty-three years since the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade in 1973. As of today, over 45 million legal abortions have been performed in the United States. Pro-choice advocates hold these 45 million abortions as being 45 million times women have exercised their right to choose to get pregnant and to choose to control their own bodies. To pro-life, or anti-abortion, advocates these 45 million abortions constitute 45 million murders, a genocide of human life in the United States propagated by the court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade. The debate over abortion in the United States is thus a debate of two extremes. One side argues from the personal liberty of the mother. The
For many years, abortion has been vexed issue in the United States that conjures strong emotions on both sides. It is a moral issue that tears some people into two groups Pro-life and Pro-choice. Those who are Pro-life state that no matter what the reason behind it, such violent action is murder and should not be executed. On the other hand, the Pro-choice advocates are more respectful of women's rights to take such action; they believe it is their own personal decision since they are the ones who are going to take care of the child, not the law or morality. Despite society's evolving moral standards, the controversy surrounding abortion and women’s' rights still divides our nation. So why did I visit a Planned Parenthood for the first time in my life? Because I was confused as to what is the real face of the people gathered outside the abortion clinic was.
The topic of women’s reproductive rights has become a major, controversial issue in today’s society. Grounded in a history of opposition for religious, political, and moral reasons, reproductive rights have only legally been around for a short period of history. Specifically, the landmark case Roe v. Wade was the major stride that this country took towards enforcing women’s reproductive rights. The ruling for this case determined that reproductive rights are legal rights women hold, inclusive of the right to have abortions. However, many laws today are made in an effort to prevent abortions, acting as “undue burdens” that aim to create obstacles for women who seek this type of medical procedure.
The abortion controversy in America is of broad and current interest as a result of the newly sworn in President, Donald Trump. American’s emotions are stirring due to the the United States republican-dominated Congress quickly fabricating bills opposing abortion for Donald Trump to swiftly approve. Following Donald Trump’s inauguration, millions of Americans bound together for the Women’s March. Protesters stormed the streets to revolt against the inevitable injustices inflicted upon women’s reproductive rights. Historically abortion has been an ongoing debate since 1821, when the first recorded law pertaining abortion was ratified. The United States government continues to maintain an influence on women’s reproductive rights
Marissa recently found out she was pregnant, she was taking birth control pills as contraceptives to avoid a pregnancy, but she knew she needed to take an emergency contraceptive. Marissa was a pro-life activist, meaning she opposed abortions. She, along with all the other pro-life supporters, never did accept that people had abortions. People felt the same on the topic as her, they were all completely against abortions and shamed woman who had took part in the practice. She did not even understand why people even thought about having abortions, she believed only egotistical woman wanted them. Until she found out she was pregnant, but knew she did not want to start a family with the man nor did she believe it was the right time, she knew it was a mistake. Marissa was finally in their shoes, she finally understood. Being pro-choice is supporting legal abortions, but it is also protecting women’s right to choose. Pro-choice advocates believe there is nothing wrong with ladies getting to choose to keep their unborn baby or not, and there is nothing wrong with choosing to go through with an abortion. People should become pro-choice advocates because a woman should decide her reproductive health care, have access to birth control and emergency contraceptives, and although it’s believed abortions are dangerous, having abortions is safer than giving birth.
For women in large swaths of the United States, access to abortion services is more limited now than at any time since Roe v. Wade. The goal of antiabortion advocates is to make abortion impossible to obtain by layering multiple restrictions, even though many claim that their motivation is only to protect women’s health. Attempts to stop abortion by making it illegal or hard to obtain, however, have never succeeded in ending abortion, either in the United States before Roe v. Wade or in other countries where it is currently banned or severely restricted by law. The primary result of abortion restrictions is to expose women to more health hazards. Women will self-induce if that is their only option, despite the fact that it puts their health at risk—and in many cases, their liberty, as well.
“God, just run down the street and get an abortion like pulling a rotten tooth?” The other friend cried, “It’s just not a baby yet. It’s her choice. And she sure isn’t going to choose to have a baby right now. Since when did you get so prolife?” “I’m not pro-life! I just happen to not like the whole idea of abortion.” “Wake up. It’s the twenty-first century and abortion is safe and legal” (Schwarz 3). And that is exactly it. These two ladies fretting over whether or not their pregnant friend should choose to abort or not is a perfect example of one of the most controversial issues today. Similar to one of the friends, most US citizens are not sided pro-life or pro-choice on this topic. Some pro-lifers agree with some pro-choice views, and vice versa; therefore, concluding there are not just two viewpoints on abortion. Today, in the United States, abortion is the most frequently performed medical procedure on women (Napolitano 38). Some abortion methods include suction aspiration, and dilation and extraction which involve removing the fetus from the mother. Roe v Wade was a court case that passed the llegalization of aboritons in 1973 (Martin). The moral ethics behind abortion methods vary depending on what side of the pro-life pro-choice scale is supported. Planned Parenthood is a government funded program that gives health care and information to low income women (Planned Parenthood). It also provides services for abortions, largely disagreeable amongst the masses. As long
Organisms are described as “Living things that are capable of reacting to stimuli, reproduction, grow, and homeostasis” (1. Biology-online.org-Organisms). There are many types of organisms with contrasting cells that can number billions with differing structures and functions. If a basic unit of an organism such as a cell can be so diverse, the complexity of the rest of the organism is imaginable.