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Abortion

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Started: 7/27/2010 Category: Politics
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Voting Period
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Brettwill09

Con

Abortion, under any circumstances whatsoever, is utterly and despicably unethical.
FREEDO

Pro

I thank my opponent for the challenge.

My opponent says that abortion is always immoral under every circumstance without exceptions. I oppose this resolution.

===DEFINITIONS===

1. Abortion:
An operation or other procedure to terminate pregnancy before the fetus is viable.
[1]

2. Fetus:
The unborn young of a viviparous vertebrate having a basic structural resemblance to the adult animal.
[2]

We shall take into assumption for this debate that a human fetus is what is being referred to.

===ARGUMENTS ===

1. A Fetus is not necessarily a human.

What is it that makes us human? If being human is simply defined by having human DNA then yes a fetus is a human. But is that really what you believe? Probably not, and rightly so. Our advance and higher level of sentience is a more suitable description for what sets us apart from the animal kingdom. Wouldn't you agree?
Now we must ask; does a fetus have this same sentience? The simple answer is no. A fetus has not even yet obtained the ability to feel pain until the third trimester, as described in the Journal of the American Medical Association[3,4]. In other words, the fetus has even less sentience than a common fish.

2. Even if a fetus was human that doesn't make killing it immoral in every circumstance.

The right to life is not an absolute. Rights are made by humans to create a generality of better well-being in society caused by those specific rights being established. I contend that in many cases and nearly every case in which the mother seeks an abortion there is a higher potential amount of negative consequences which would result from keeping the fetus than otherwise aborting it. So giving the fetus a right to life would be defeating the purpose of having rights at all. The mother may have been raped or whatever kind of birth-control used may have malfunctioned thus she became pregnant against her will. To force her into not having an abortion would in-effect be forcing her to become pregnant since it was by no fault of her own. Furthermore, the mother's living situation may be entirely unsuitable for taking proper care of a baby. To force her not to have an abortion would in-effect be mandated child abuse.

I look forward to my opponent's reply and the rest of this debate.

===SOURCES===
1. http://dictionary.reference.com...
2. http://education.yahoo.com...
3. http://jama.ama-assn.org...
4. http://www.msnbc.msn.com...
Debate Round No. 1
Brettwill09

Con

Brettwill09 forfeited this round.
FREEDO

Pro

A shame that my opponent has forfeited. He has one more round for attempted to dismiss my points.

I have an additional argument to add.

===ARGUMENT===

1. Woman's mortality.

(a). Not all mother's survive child birth, so to force them to do so is effectively sentencing some women to their death.

(b). Some women are intent on getting an abortion and the law is not going to stop them. They will resort to black-market doctors who do not have the proper equipment, techniques or sanitation to perform a safe abortion, many of the women will die. The incentive for this option's existence is that proper abortion is illegal.
Debate Round No. 2
Brettwill09

Con

Brettwill09 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by FREEDO 6 years ago
FREEDO
He challenged like 4 people to the same thing.
Posted by xxdarkxx 6 years ago
xxdarkxx
lol I got challenged to this EXACT same debate, have yet to take it yet though lol
Posted by Kinesis 6 years ago
Kinesis
I'm sure Con has a solid argument lined up. Very sure. Not really.
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