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In the United States, Abortion Ought to be Criminalized in Most Circumstances

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Started: 12/19/2016 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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1. The argument is about the morality of abortion, not the practical application of this criminalization.

2. Any Ad Hominem attacks will result in an immediate loss of the debate.

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Debate Round No. 1


Point 1: Unborn Children are People
There is one test for humanity that is always successful. Does it have human DNA? If so, it is human. In the case of unborn children, they undoubtedly have human DNA, and, as such, are people.

Point 2: The Right to Life Trumps the Right of Bodily Autonomy
If you didn't have life, you couldn't have bodily autonomy. Essentially, to violate the right to life is to violate all of the rights of a human being.

Point 3: Unborn Children's Right to Life Trumps the Mother's Right to Bodily Autonomy
Given that there's a guarantee that this child will someday become a part of society, unless something tragic happens to it, it's rights are far greater than that of the mother's.
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Posted by Grovenshar 1 year ago
Well, what if there were a scenario where a woman and a child wouldn't survive a birth or c-section? In such a circumstance, abortion would be a viable way to save a life. It's one life lost rather than two.
Posted by TruthSeeker87 1 year ago
Why not criminalize it in ALL circumstances? That's like saying killing toddlers should only be criminalized in "most" cases.
Posted by Grovenshar 1 year ago
Yes, it does bring up a pragmatic question when it comes to law. However, there are two sides to law, the pragmatic and the moral. The law should be both just and workable. The thing is, in the case of abortion, which is a complex topic, tackling both issues in a single debate would be rather difficult.
Posted by John_C_1812 1 year ago
Abortion is a confession to a crime, not the crime itself. No person should ever be only given a choice to confess to a crime in order to receive a type of medical treatment. It shouldn't"t matter how well the confession can be hidden from the person confessing.
Posted by Agonist 1 year ago
Does not the invocation of criminality require a pragmatic analysis of the issue? A moral discussion would be independent of law.
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