Abortion is murder
This is just the opening round, so I'll expand my arguments later
Here are my opening arguments. I would like to point out that none of my opponents arguments were relevant to the resolution, they never argued that abortion should be considered as murder, they simply argued that it should be punished.
The resolution stands that abortion is murder,
Definitions from oxford dictionaries.
the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another:
not conforming to, permitted by, or recognized by law or rules:
think out or plan (an action, especially a crime) beforehand:
Now I will get into my opening arguments that will be based on these definitions.
Contention 1 - Unlawful
Unlawful is defined as not permitted by the law, abortion is permitted by the law, therefore it is not murder, because the definition of murder states that murder is unlawful.
Contention 2 - Killing of one human being by another
It's pretty simple here, a fetus is not a fully developed human being. The definition of a fetus states that it is - an unborn offspring of a mammal, in particular an unborn human baby more than eight weeks after conception. - The key words here are unborn, and more than eight weeks after conception. This means that an unborn child can't even be considered a fetus, much less a human being, until the pregnancy reaches eight weeks, up until then it is an embryo.
These are 2 pretty simple but clear arguments as to why abortion does not constitute murder. It is not unlawful, which is what murder is according to the definition, and it is not the killing of one human being by another, because a fetus/embryo is not a human being.
I now pass the ball back to my opponent.
You can't really say it's not murder because its against the law, because that's the whole point of the Pro-Life movement. To make it illegal.
My opponents 2nd argument makes 0 sense. He is saying a fetus is only a fetus after 8 weeks, but he doesn't explain how a fetus is not a human.
Ok well, my opponent has dropped all of their arguments from Round 2, and have only tried to refute my own arguments. I would like to remind voters that the BOP was on Pro, and by dropping their own arguments they pretty much dropped the debate.
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