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calcagnimsc2014
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kennedymsc2014
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Abortion

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Started: 11/19/2013 Category: Health
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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calcagnimsc2014

Con

Abortion is a form of murder the demeans the value of human life. Since life begins at conception, abortion is the immoral killing of an innocent human being.
kennedymsc2014

Pro

Yes, some people view of it as that. However, the worldwide issue covers the legality of the act, not the moral standpoint. Although morally, abortion is against many people's beliefs, they should still have the right to chose whether or not they desire to go through with the act. It's an ongoing debate on the right of the people to perform the act, not a debate on the conscious and morality aspect to it, because not every person believes the same beliefs.
Debate Round No. 1
calcagnimsc2014

Con

The decision to get an abortion is often made by minors and young adults, who do not have the maturity and life experiences to make good, smart decisions. Many of the young women who make the decision to get an abortion have lifelong regrets afterwards. Why should an important decision like having an abortion be made by those who don't have good judgement yet?
kennedymsc2014

Pro

Legal abortion protects women's health. Though it is an incredibly hard decision, some women need to chose what is best for them. In many cases, there have been illnesses that can be life-threatening, and the availability of legal abortion has helped avert serious medical complications that could have resulted from childbirth. Before legal abortion, such women's choices were limited to dangerous illegal abortion or dangerous childbirth. Though a woman might be pregnant with a child, she still is her own person and has every right to decide what she wants to do with her baby.
Debate Round No. 2
calcagnimsc2014

Con

For women who demand complete control of their body, they should prevent the risk of an unwanted pregnancy through the responsible use of contraception. If the person was not responsible, they should face the consequences.
kennedymsc2014

Pro

It's not just the mother's body that needs to be thought of. If the life that the mother would provide is in no way eligible to support a child, then abortion should be allowed to rid a child of ever having to deal with terrible consequences such as alcoholic parents, drug use, etc.
Debate Round No. 3
calcagnimsc2014

Con

Women who have abortions can suffer from Post-Abortion Syndrome (PAS). PAS is a term that is used to describe the emotional and psychological consequences of abortion. Some symptoms of PAS may occur right after an abortion, and other symptoms may take months or years to surface. Some women may feel guilty. Guilt is a normal reaction that surfaces after the woman recognizes that abortion is wrong, and that she is responsible for committing her own abortion. Besides guilt women may express anger, have anxiety or depression, or some commit suicide. Teenagers who have abortions are especially vulnerable to PAS because they are at a critical developmental period of their life.
kennedymsc2014

Pro

They may be more emotionally unstable towards the thought of raising a child. It might cause more pain and suffering for both the mother and the child if an abortion does not take place and both persons are left in a world with no security or sense of companionship to live off of.
Debate Round No. 4
calcagnimsc2014

Con

Abortion can result in medical complications later on in life. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is a potentially life threatening disease which can lead to an increased risk of ectopic pregnancies and reduced fertility. Ectopic pregnancies are life threatening and may result in reduced fertility. Women who have an abortion have a higher risk of having cervical, liver, and ovarian cancer.
kennedymsc2014

Pro

There are many hypothetical situations that go along with why abortion shouldn't be allowed. However, from a realistic standpoint, an attempt to restrict the abortions would rise not only the percentage of illegal and unsafe abortions but also the expenses of the procedure. A new law would be needed to tackle the illegal abortions and further legal hassles would have no ends. All in all, if you stop abortion, it will cause more problems than what people have started already today.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by BurnsMSC2014 3 years ago
BurnsMSC2014
Abortion should only be allowed in select cases, such as rape. The subject should have to get a written document allowing them to go through with it.
Posted by tousignantmsc2014 3 years ago
tousignantmsc2014
Since it is the killing of human life, abortion should only be allowed in certain cases such as rape.
Posted by desaulniersmsc2014 3 years ago
desaulniersmsc2014
Good conduct on both sides. The case made against abortion used helpful supportive info like consequences, health issues, ethical concerns. I don't think the closing point that making abortion illegal would just create more problems is a valid point. Also, the fact that you refer to abortion as 'getting rid of a child' doesn't do much to support your argument but reinforces the first point that ending the life of this 'child' is an immoral act tantamount to killing.
Posted by youngmsc2014 3 years ago
youngmsc2014
While I don't think people should be allowed to have abortions, I believe that under certain circumstances it should be granted to a woman. In the case of rape I believe that a woman should have the right to request an abortion but for any other reason I believe that a woman should not be allowed to have an abortion because it is the killing of a defenseless being.
Posted by blarence 3 years ago
blarence
I believe abortion should be viewed the same way as murder. Woman should be more careful of their actions and decisions. Most mothers who get an abortion once, are likely to have at least a second. It should be illegal unless it was rape or it affects the health of the mother in a certain way.
Posted by hanna.wenyui 3 years ago
hanna.wenyui
@mageist24: some people do have funerals for their fetuses. I would, if I had a miscarriage.
@Agnosticgirl: I think that people avoid the fact that fetuses are people so they can justify their actions. You ARE taking a life. No one denies it. A fetus is at least alive, if nothing else. However, people feel better about themselves if they tell themselves that it's not a person yet. A fetus and a baby are the same. Sure, fetuses may not be as developed, but then again babies are not fully developed either! Babies lack the hormonal processes that adults have, and their organs are much much smaller, just like how a fetus's organs are much much smaller than a baby's. But babies are people. IMO, fetuses are people too. Why do you think that fetuses aren't people?
Posted by AlmonMSC2014 3 years ago
AlmonMSC2014
I agree that abortion is wrong and is basically like murder.
Posted by hanna.wenyui 3 years ago
hanna.wenyui
Abortion should not be allowed. When you listen to pro-choicers talk about why they had abortion, it's all "me, me, me". It's selfish. When did they ever think about the baby? Have you ever noticed that while people cry about miscarriages, they feel relieved about abortion? The difference is if people want the baby or not. In the end, it's all about them. When discussing abortion, it should not be about what's best for you, but what's best for the fetus. Speaking of which, how do you know that your baby is going to grow up abused? You can't decide a person's life and kill them because you think it's going to turn out badly. We don't shoot orphans because we think they have no future. Also, a fetus IS a human. If it's not a human, then what is it? A bunch of cells? No. Just because it is not fully developed does not mean it is not human. Do we kill babies because they are not fully developed? A fetus possesses all the qualities of a baby, except it is much smaller. The difference is location. Does being outside the womb make you a human? What's the difference? So are you not human just because you're in the womb? Also, just because it is not self aware does not mean it's not a human. Should we pull the plug on all those people in comas? No. Babies are not self-aware until they are 18 months old. We don't kill them.
Posted by Installgentoo 3 years ago
Installgentoo
@Agnosticgirl: but a fetus is a POTENTIAL person. How do you define when it becomes a person?
Posted by mageist24 3 years ago
mageist24
if murder is the act of taking the life of another human, and a fetus is considered as just that, then why don't we have funerals for their passing even from the most dogmaticly religous?
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