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Abortion before six months of pregnancy is moral and not murder.

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Started: 2/27/2011 Category: Politics
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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My pro position will be that, as the title suggests, if an abortion is carried out before the six month mark(when the fetus can live outside the womb, it is now a "baby- is not immoral and is most certainly not murder. The con position can either argue that this is murder or is not moral or suggest a later or earlier time where abortion should be allowed or discouraged.

Let's begin with definitions:

Abortion: the removal of an embryo or fetus from the uterus in order to end a pregnancy.

Moral: conforming to the rules of right conduct

Murder: The unlawful killing of another human being without justification or excuse.

round 1: concerned with defining the terms in the resolution and firmly establishing the meaning of the resolution
round 2: both parties will provide their arguments in favor of their stance
round 3: both parties will attempt to refute each one's arguments.
round 4: both parties will provide final arguments or refutations


My stand on this topic would be against the topic. It is not moral, and should be considered murder to abort a pregnancy before six months.
Debate Round No. 1


Alive: being in a state in which the organs perform their functions

Since neither of us had given a definition of what constitutes being alive, I have taken the liberty of providing one. In this definition, abortion would not considered murder, as to murder someone they would have to be alive first. So then to be alive, ones organs would need to be functional and a fetus still cannot breathe on it's own until out of the womb. Therefore, until the fetus is born and takes it's first breaths, it does not fill the definition of being alive. So, one can terminate a pregnancy without taking a life as the fetus is not alive.

"It is not moral, and should be considered murder to abort a pregnancy before six months."

You say it is murder to abort a pregnancy before six months, does that allow for terminations after six months and after birth?


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Debate Round No. 2


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Debate Round No. 3


Extend again.


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Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by kaylarose 4 years ago
a fetus has a heart beat at 6 weeks
terminating something with a heart beat is murder
Posted by Jallen289 7 years ago
A unborn child has it's own chromosomes and is a separate entity from it's mother completely. The unborn child gets oxygen through the placenta and since the lungs are not formed at all, they are not an organ yet. The baby's organs do in fact function from conception. (1)

Furthermore, the baby moves it's head, and wiggles it's toes and fingers right away. Within the first 1-4 weeks, " Neural tube forms - It will develop into the nervous system (Brain, spinal cord, hair, and skin). Already your baby has the foundation for thought, senses, feeling, and more!" (2)

Abortion is a touchy subject. I'm currently in a debate with someone on the issue. It's hard to change someone's mind on abortion and it really is a subject that is of personal beliefs. Many doctors do not support abortion while many other petition to keep it legal.

Moreover, abortion at any term is the same. From conception the baby's sex is determined and the baby is completely separate from the mother other than the umbilical cord.
Posted by KikoSanchez182 7 years ago
The definition for murder needs to be changed. If it is murder only if it is illegal, then abortion before the third trimester could never be defined as murder, at least here in the US.
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