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What Makes A Living Thing?

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Clare Cho
Som Chounlamountry
POSC 399-01
19 September 2015
Abortion
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
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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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