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Legalization of Abortion

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Started: 11/1/2014 Category: Politics
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My argument is that abortion should legalized in the United States. My opponent will take the side against the legalization of abortion. Round 1 is the acceptance round. Round 2 is the arguments/rebuttals. Round 3 will be the rebuttals, concluding statements and NO NEW ARGUMENTS. Also, please be respectful.


I accept Pro's argument and I agree to prove why Abortion should not be legalized.
Debate Round No. 1


Thank you for accepting this debate. Before I begin, it is important to define abortion. According to the CDC, "a legal induced abortion is defined as an intervention performed by a licensed clinician (e.g., a physician, nurse-midwife, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant) that is intended to terminate an ongoing pregnancy." This means that an indirect abortion is not an abortion because the intent may be to save the mother and not to kill the baby. That would mean that an abortion would have to be directly intended to terminate the fetus.

Now that abortion has been defined, there are a few point that I would like to bring up.
1. Women's rights
2. Is a fetus a human being
3. Child birth vs Abortion

1. Women's rights allow women to do as they please with their body, which would promote for gender equality. The gender inequality in legalizing abortion would be that men do not need reproductive regulation but a woman would need regulation. This would mean that the man has a right that a woman does not possess, which would further promote gender inequality.

2. Is the fetus a human being? The issue regarding whether "a fetus is human being or not" is a problem with an unknown answer. We all have different beliefs whether a fetus is a human being or not. There is no 100% definition of a human being so abortion should be a choice of the mother.

The main issue that most people find with this statement is that it is "better to be safe than sorry" meaning that it is better to allow a non-human to have protection from termination than a human being to not have protection from termination. However, this view is flawed. If we kill a human being without knowing that it is a human being, then there would be opinions on whether it is considered. There is no way of proving, whether this view is right or wrong, which is the reason that it should be the mother's decision. Some people may feel that they have an obligation to save the child, but the choice of saving the child is up to the mother and her personal beliefs.

3. The final issue that I have to present is abortion has more benefits than child birth and the legalization of abortion would significantly benefit a large group of people significantly. According to Operation Rescue, which happens to be a website that tries to support abortion,
21% Inadequate finances
21% Not ready for responsibility
16% Woman"s life would be changed too much
12% Problems with relationships, unmarried
11% Too young and/or immature
8% Children are grown; she has all she wants
3% Baby has possible health problems
<1% Pregnancy caused by rape/incest
4% Other
This statistics show that women have their reasons for an abortion and depriving them from satisfying these needs would go against their fundamental rights to their own body. Also, regarding the death rate of abortion and child birth, NCBI states, "The pregnancy-associated mortality rate among women who delivered live neonates was 8.8 deaths per 100,000 live births. The mortality rate related to induced abortion was 0.6 deaths per 100,000 abortions." This mean that abortion is safer than child birth by 8.2 less death per 100,000. Since there are about 131.4 million births per year, according to in 2011, this would mean that approximately 11,000 more people die from child birth than abortion every year. In addition, the world is over populated and the legalization of abortion would encourage humans to control the population size.

For all the reasons stated above, I think there is sufficient evidence to prove that the legalization of abortion would be very beneficial to our society.



Reeseroni forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2


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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Wylted 2 years ago
What do you mean by abortion?
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