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Women possess a moral right to decide what to do with their body: Without abortion this right would be violated, they would not have the choice of what to do with their body if they were disallowed abortion.
a woman has the right to decide what she can and can't do with her body
the foetus exists within a woman's body.
a woman has the right to decide whether the foetus remains in her body.
therefore a pregnant woman has the right to abort the foetus.
Abortion brings to light the many ideas of human rights such as:
every human being has the right to own their own body, for instance, if a person has a parasite living inside them (not that I am comparing the foetus to a parasite, this is merely an example) the person would want the parasite removed from their body, the parasite is alive and functioning with the involuntary aid of its host, does the parasite being alive make it automatically able to remain living inside the persons body? The person would remove the parasite. The parasite being alive does not make it automatically outrank it's host in terms of life. The parasite is unwanted therefore it will be removed. The same applies for the foetus, it is the mothers choice of whether she would abort it or not.
a foetus is part of a woman's body. The foetus is not yet a human, it is merely a potential human. At this stage of development the foetus is a part of the mother's body, it therefore is the woman's decision to abort it. It is not murder if the foetus is not human.
therefore that woman has the right to abort a foetus they are carrying
I look forward to hearing from you.
I will finish this with another excerpt from the previous debate.
Mary Ann Warren, a philosopher, argues that in order to be considered a person, a being should have the following characteristics:
1. A developed capacity for reasoning- Which a foetus does not posses.
2. Self awareness- Which a foetus does not posses. They are unaware of their surroundings and their existence until they are born.
3.Consciousness and ability to feel pain- A foetus can feel pain at 29 weeks, they do not posses a consciousness.
4. Self motivated activity- A foetus is not properly aware of it's movements, they are not self motivated
5. Capacity to communicate messages of an indefinite variety of types- A foetus cannot communicate, people sometimes misinterpret kicks or movement with communication but the foetus is not aware of an outside world, or it's mother.
To prevent the debate from straying off topic I will present my final arguments and conclusion.
The right to abortion is vital to gender equality:
If a woman is denied to the right to have an abortion she is not only forced to continue the pregnancy to birth but also expected by society to support and look after the resulting child for many years to come (unless she can get someone else to do so). Such as social services. Lack of abortion would make women conform to the stereotypical assumption of a mother. Something that they may not want to adhere to. Another aspect of this is that women would never be able to be equal to men if they were denied the right to not be pregnant. Men do not get pregnant and are not restricted in the same way.
Women who were raped do not need to carry the rapists child:
A woman who was raped would not want to carry or raise the rapists child. I refer back to the my example from round one. If a person has a parasite living inside them would want to remove it. It was the woman's body to begin with, and a sub human organism should not have a say in whether it should remain inside the woman's body. The conception was forced so should the victim be forced to carry a child that if born, would receive no love from it's mother, or be sent into the care system from an early age. A life that is far from enjoyable for a child.
Backstreet abortions would be rife:
If abortion was made illegal people would still want abortions. Alcohol was made illegal during the 1920s, yet people still went to speakeasy's and purchased illegal alcohol. Marijuana is illegal, yet people still smoke it and can purchase it. Back street abortion clinics would deal with patients and would be more than likely to harm the mother. Banning abortion would not stop it, it would however be more dangerous than keeping it legal.
Women need free access to abortion in order to achieve full political, social, and economic equality with men,
women also need the right to abortion in order to have the same freedoms as men. Lastly women need the right to abortion to have full rights over their own bodies (including the right to decide whether or not to carry a foetus to birth) - without this right they do not have the same moral status as men, nor do they have freedom of choice or right over their own body.
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Vote Placed by Bullish 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Con was slightly more feisty, but I'll let it go on the conduct point. Both made spelling errors. ON arguments, Con states that there is proof beyond doubt that fetuses are alive and human, yet he doesn't present any other than saying it has a semi-developed heart and brain. Pro states that women should have the right to their own bodies, but Con points out that doesn't include killing a fetus. Con also dropped the DNA argument. Pro had sources.
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