Abortion is immoral (?)
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I look forward to a serious debate over a somewhat cliched topic, and I welcome jcizadlo to join me.
I as well look forward to a serious debate. I thank you for this opportunity.
So, abortion is an undeniably natural process. Articles state that: "Only 30 to 50% of conceptions progress past the first trimester", and "The incidence of spontaneous abortion is estimated to be 50% of all pregnancies." Nearly half of all fertilizations do not become children.
Induced abortion can also be subdivided. Therapeutic abortions are for medical reasons: to save the pregnant woman from harm, or to prevent having disabled offspring. Elective abortions are at the mother's discretion and are not for medical reasons.
The World Health Organization has found that abortions are a whopping 14 times safer than childbirth (0.6 deaths per 100,000 procedures, versus 8.8 for birthing)
Neither will I argue against therapeutic abortions, although it may lose me the argument. Evasion of harm and/or disablement of the mother and/or the offspring is and should be important to any developed society, and as such will not be argued against.
For elective abortions, I will also exclude the case of rape. Rape is defined as "a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse, which is initiated by one or more persons against another person without that person's consent." As such, I will not argue against the use of abortion in this scenario.
I would also, at this time, like to establish a definition for living organisms. Living organisms usually contain the 6 basic characteristics of: Reproduction, Growth, Metabolism, Movement, Responsiveness, and Adaptation.
World Book Encyclopedia
Pertaining to abortions and religion: The Islamic world permits abortions until a certain point of gestation (it becomes "taboo" when it is deemed the soul has entered the body. The Catholic Church did not strongly oppose abortions until the 1800's.
I would like to take this chance to define the soul as "the incorporeal essence of a person, living thing, or object, but most prominently believed as a human trait."
-my apologies to the voters: I understand that not much debate has happened as of yet. I underestimated the character limits, and true debate is coming
In response to the statement that the Catholic Church did not strongly oppose abortion until the 1800s. There is evidence that during the 1st and 2nd centuries, numerous Christians, which at that time were Catholic because the church hadn't split into the Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox, strongly opposed abortion. Because of this, the church had a strongly negative opinion on this.
Statements about the strong opposition to abortion can be found here: http://www.religioustolerance.org...
The Jewish religion has also been strongly opposed to abortion, which can be seen through out much of history.
The Orthodox Church, after the split with the Catholic church, has always been strongly opposed to abortion.
Other religions, such as Hinduism, also consider abortion to be the gravest of sins, comparing it out right to murder often times.
In many cases, the aborted child has been saved from a miserable life. Many women abort due to their inability to raise a child at their stage of life. I believe that this is the responsible course of action: why would one start a child in life with few advantages? Conscious parents want to offer their child the most advantages possible and abortions prevent a lack of such advantages.
While it may seem that the aborted child has been saved from a miserable life, there is a process that can avoid abortion altogether. Adoption is the process of bringing in and taking care of a child. Why is abortion morally right, when there is an alternative process?
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