Is Abortion Murder?
Debate Rounds (3)
I am pro, which means that I think abortion is outright murder. First round will be just for acceptance, so your first round argument should be something like, "I accept" and anything else you want to say about the rules and/or format.
I accept. Here are the rules I propose, as well as definitions to clarify the meaning of the resolution.
1) No hate speech/ slander
2) No kritiks
3) No plagiarism
4) Please use citations
5) No forfeiture
6) No troll arguments
7) BoP is on Con, as they're trying to prove that abortion is murder
Round One - Acceptance
Round Two - Opening Statements
Round Three - Defense
Abortion - the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy.
Murder - the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another.
"For a fertilized egg, there is no consciousness and also no history of consciousness (unless you believe in reincarnation). Even though all the DNA is there, the fact that there's no higher brain activity strongly implies that there's no consciousness.
"Nor does the later presence of a heartbeat and of primitive neural activity imply consciousness or preciousness. What's needed is higher brain activity and the consequent self-awareness." 
In other words, the fetus isn't conscious. In fact, fetuses don't qualify for most of the characteristics of life in the first place. 
My citations are in the comments.
A fetus is conscious, as the only requirement of life that it doesn't complete (well, you say this, I don't) is responding to surroundings. Have you ever felt a baby kick? No matter how big it is, it still moves, and this is classified as responding to surroundings.
But there's still brain activity, which a dead thing like a rock doesn't have.
No, as I said, a dead thing like a rock doesn't have any brain activity or heartbeat. Therefore, the fetus must be alive.
Ha! I've looked over all the requirements of life. It completes every one! You say that it doesn't complete awareness, but it does. Especially since it's eyes can open the moment it comes out.
Side note to Con: I'll be going camping and won't be back in service till Thursday. Please wait as long as possible to post your argument :-) Thanks
Human being - a man, woman, or child of the species Homo sapiens, distinguished from other animals by superior mental development, power of articulate speech, and upright stance. 
A fetus has none of these abilities.
Person - a human being regarded as an individual. 
So a fetus can't be considered a person, as it can't fit the description of a human.
My opponent also fails to explain the connection between the death penalty and murder. With the definition I provided, the death penalty isn't murder, as it's lawful.
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