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Center_for_Rationality
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UltimateSkeptic
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Abortion should remain legal in the United States

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 1/13/2013 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Center_for_Rationality

Con

Resolution: Abortion should remain legal in the United States
No semantics
No intentional fallacies
No ad hom
Dropped arguments are considered concessions
Shared Burden of proof(with a wee bit more on him but not much)
I challenge you ULTIMATESKEPTIC! :)
I hope we have a good discussion.
Affirmative posts first round, but only concludes last round.
Sources can be provided in comments if each debater wishes! :)
UltimateSkeptic

Pro

Hello, and I accept your debate. I look forward to a very exciting debate on a very heated and touchy subject. Thanks for the challenge.


“No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.”
Margaret Sanger


Safety issues- Abortion should be made as safe as possible, considering it will always be around.

“Throughout history, women have had unplanned and unwanted pregnancies. And throughout history, women have found ways to terminate those pregnancies. But what has not always been guaranteed is whether they can do so legally, with the medical care necessary to protect their health–or if they must seek illegal, "back-alley" abortions.

In the years just before abortion became legal in 1973, hospital wards were filled with women seeking abortions–who either had been injured or become sick obtaining an illegal abortion under dangerous conditions, or who had tried to induce the abortion themselves. Desperate women used a number of dangerous means to terminate pregnancies. Some sought abortions from back-alley abortionists, with usually humiliating and sometimes deadly results. Other women tried to induce abortions with homemade means–such as a bleach douche, or inserting sharp instruments into her cervix. This is why the now almost forgotten image of the wire coat hanger became the symbol of the abortion rights movement.”[1]

"In Chicago, at Cook Country Hospital, there were about 5,000 women a year coming in with injuries bleeding resulting to illegal abortions, mostly self-induced abortions," Leslie Reagan, the author of When Abortion Was a Crime, said in an interview. "They had an entire ward dedicated to taking care of people in that situation. Those wards pretty much closed up around the country once abortion was legalized."[1]


Human Rights Issue- Women should be in control of their birthing rights.

"The right to abortion, both concretely and ideologically, symbolized a control of one’s body," explains Cohen. "If one couldn’t make decisions oneself about whether you wanted to be pregnant–what to do if you got pregnant when you didn’t want to be pregnant–you couldn’t control your life. You couldn’t control what was going to happen to you–where you could get resources to take care of yourself and your children, you couldn’t finish school, you couldn’t get the jobs you wanted…They’re the ones who have the capacity and have always had the responsibility to think about the consequences of pregnancy and childbirth, and make decisions. That’s actually a moral responsibility and duty women have always had, and taken quite seriously. That kind of history comes out a lot more into the public in the ’60s and with the legalization of abortion." [1]



Democracy demands it- The US has an overwhelming majority of those who are support Roe V Wade.

In a poll of 1,007 voters, one third of the pro-life voters voiced their opinion that Roe V Wade should not be overturned—showing that one can be pro-life and pro-choice. “Quinnipiac University’s annual voter survey shows that supporters of the landmark Supreme Court ruling now outnumber opponents by a two-to-one margin. Some 64% voiced support for Roe v. Wade in last year’s poll, up from 60% in 2010. Only 31% said they opposed the Roe decision, down from 35% two years earlier.”[2]

Another poll by The Pew confirms the large majority at 63% support for Roe V Wade. [3]



[1] http://www.counterpunch.org...

[2] http://tv.msnbc.com...

[3] http://www.reuters.com...

Debate Round No. 1
Center_for_Rationality

Con

Center_for_Rationality forfeited this round.
UltimateSkeptic

Pro

Arguments extended.
Debate Round No. 2
Center_for_Rationality

Con

Center_for_Rationality forfeited this round.
UltimateSkeptic

Pro

It's rather unfortunate that my opponent couldn't debate the topic, I look forward to hopefully debating the idea in the future!

Vote for the Skeptic
Debate Round No. 3
Center_for_Rationality

Con

Center_for_Rationality forfeited this round.
UltimateSkeptic

Pro

Another potentially great debate, gone down the tank.
Debate Round No. 4
4 comments have been posted on this debate. Showing 1 through 4 records.
Posted by donald.keller 3 years ago
donald.keller
Pro's a dumba$$ to use a Planned Parenthood poll. He's also stupid for thinking opinions are relevant in a debate. Appeal to Popularity isn't a great argument.
Posted by KeytarHero 3 years ago
KeytarHero
Pro, I would be willing to debate you on this, if you'd like. I have several abortion debates under my belt, so I won't forfeit on you. :)
Posted by Center_for_Rationality 3 years ago
Center_for_Rationality
Facepalms self :)

NO I meant for you to defeat yourself threw contradiction :) JK
Posted by UltimateSkeptic 3 years ago
UltimateSkeptic
Did you mean to say abortion should remain legal?
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Vote Placed by tulle 3 years ago
tulle
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Reasons for voting decision: Well this was a no brainer. Con challenged Pro specifically to the debate and then left it, so Pro gets the conduct vote. I do wish Pro's arguments were in his own words, but since Con presented none, arguments to Pro. Pro also sourced where his arguments came from.