Abortion (I'm Against)
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Personally, I don't think people (especially women) should be restricted as to what they can or cannot do. They should be able to decide whether they want to keep a child or not. Of course, I do agree that it can get ridiculous (e.g. prostitutes repeatedly having abortions so that they can continue working) - however, it is the woman's body and she should decide, it is for no one else except for herself.
And yes, people argue that you are "taking away a life" but, the fact is, who are we to decide that? Many scientists argue that the growing child is still a foetus and so shouldn't be counted as "manslaughter" until a certain period of time.
And also, in many court proceedings concerning abortions, why is the mother never allowed to decide whether to keep her child or not? Why should her husband say anything or, as a matter of fact, a judge who doesn't even know her?
So I am for abortion, but that doesn't mean I am for killings, all I am saying is that it is no-one's place to reprimand someone for having abortions, the only opinion that matters is that of the one who is carrying the child.
And if women don't have abortion rights, then we impact just how much freedom women as a gender, have - so it is vital for gender equality.
Also, by saying abortion is illegal is basically removing all rights from their own bodies. It just seems unfair that everyone else hould have to decide whether a woman should keep a baby.
Also, what would happen to the population if abortion was illegal? Surely the population would continue to increase dramatically!
People keep saying well doesn't the foetus have rights...but the same could be said for the mother: doesn't she have rights?
But imagine, a world where abortion wouldn't exist...so would a woman who got pregant via rape have to keep her child? And if not, why then deny other women these rights? Because she was raped? So...now, the system would have to make benefits for abortion (e.g. a hierarchy) ...so people who were impregnated forcefully can abort but other people can't? Who deserves to have abortion etc...
Also women who have been raped would not want to be reminded of this horrible experience by keeping the rapist's baby.
Also, the whole reason for abortions, is its done in the first trimester...when the foetus does not exist independantly from its mother, and so the concept of being human cannot come into play. Define "human" it comes with the definition that we have the attributes as people (i.e. being able to think, feel pain) but the foetus cannot do any of these things and so is not considered human but just the cells that will THEN go on to form a human...and so by having abortion in the first trimester, is not considered manslaughter. And so, one could say that personhood doesn't begin at conception, but at birth.
Also, when implanting cells, when you have the egg cells implanted in you and there are extra cells not implanted (which are then thrown away), is that not considered murder?
Also, if women were to keep children...what would happen if they had neither the means nor the money, then consider abortion an alternative to a horrible lifestyle, and should not come into the world unwanted.
Not to mention the fact that contraceptives may not be readily available and that by banning abortion, will create illegal back-alley abortions which endangers the life of the mother. (Technically you'd be reducing the female population) and again, is a completely safe and useful tool for controlling the population.
And I wanted to ask another important question concerning this...does that mean (women and men) need to control our sexual desires in order to avoid getting pregnant, if abortion was illegal? But then surely this would affect us as a species because as humans we need to fulfill these desires, and also this could indeed increase the likelihood of rape. If women wouldn't want children and we can control these desires and lets face it...men have A LOT more desires going though their head, than they'd rather say...
So if it were illegal...would we have to turn our backs on these women and say "well it's your fault for getting pregnant..." that doesn't seem fair to me at all. The basis of having sex is completely normal in society, whether one would want an abortion is entirely up to them.
I have said this a few times, and I will say this again - I don't think people have the right to decide, it is only for the mother, whether she wants a baby or not, and if she doesn't, she shouldn't be regarded as a murderer for this. A thousand cells in our body day a minute, so are we murderers? What is the difference...the fact that abortion is done in the first trimester is because THEY ARE STILL CELLS AND THEY HAVEN'T FORMED YET. Women have pregnancy rights, and therefore has the right to decide whether she wants the foetus. Notice, I say foetus...it can be ethical even though my opponent argues that we are "destroying life for the future because of their right to live" even though an abortion can prevent the foetus from having an even worse future, and so generally it is for the foetus - and as the foetus is not yet a living body of its own, should not be considered unethical because they are still cells.
Also, if someone gets pregnant at a young age (late teens to early adulthood) going through with pregnancy would be even more physically and mentally exhausting than having the abortion.
So, even though my arguement may not be as strong...I still believe that abortion, if necessary, should be a legal procedure. Especially in terms of politics as men don't go through with pregnancy and by making it illegal, further reduces women's rights.
I am not trying to sound "feminist" but, abortion shouldn't be considered a sin or something - women shouldn't have to be so unfairly judged for having this procedure.
Sex is also a natural part of life, to give your consent to that should not be judged, like your opinion to have an abortion should not be judged either. Personally, I feel we are lucky to have it in this country, than in other countries where it is illegal and girls are forced to fulfill the sexual desires of their much older husbands and give birth at barely 14.
Thank you for listening to my arguement and to my competitor - may the best man (or woman) win!
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Vote Placed by thett3 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pretty easy debate to judge. Con has the burden of proof as abortion in the U.S. is currently legal. Con argues that the fetus is a life and should be viewed as a person, but he basically just asserts it. Pro is correct that there isn't a consensus in the scientific community about when life begins. This renders Cons arguments about fundamental rights moot, as if I have no reason to believe that the unborn should be considered people, there's no reason to afford them rights either.
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