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Should Abortions be Outlawed?

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Started: 5/27/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 8 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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debater12332

Pro

Thank you ahead of time for accepting this debate. Please be respectful when posting arguments and comments.

Now for my opening statement...
I believe that Abortions should be outlawed. Having an abortion should not be legal and they should never be encouraged.
LatinaGirl8894

Con

Abortion is never encouraged although sometimes it is necessary for the life of the mother. If abortion were outlawed there would ne more lives lost that there has to be.
Debate Round No. 1
debater12332

Pro

You make the point that abortions being legal makes women safer, but I would have to disagree. According to http://www.babycenter.com... there are about 4million births each year. The CDC records that about 600 of those births result in the death of the mother. This is roughly .015%.
http://afterabortion.org... reports that more women die by abortion than by child birth.

And even after taking all of this into account we must realize that it is not just the Mothers life at stake here. It is also the child's. The real problem here is that most abortions are not done for the safety of the mother. They are done because people don't want to take on responsibilities.

Less than 1% of all abortions are done to save the mother. The rest are done purely out of selfishness or misguided thinking. Let's just stop for a second and do the math. If we had 1,000,000 (this is about how many abortions there are in one year) there would be around 1,000 mothers with complications max. Now if we exclude the many injuries that would be caused by the abortions there would be 1 million plus deaths for those who are pro-choice and almost zero deaths for those who are pro-life because all of these million babies would be alive today, and the few complications that arise would be dealt with using the necessary action to save the mother and do everything possible for the child.

The whole point of abortions being safer to me seems pointless. Pro-choice supporters are responsible for millions of deaths. And saying that being against abortions is less safe makes no sense. Just because your pro-life doesn't mean you can't protect the mother when complications arise. It simply means that you can't go and have your child killed during pregnancy.

Sources:
http://www.cdc.gov...
http://www.abortionfacts.com...
http://www.operationrescue.org...
LatinaGirl8894

Con

I am simply saying that if they were outlawed some women who could have gotten one to save their life would not be able to. There are ways to put restrictions on Abortions. Maybe only if the mother's life is a stake should this be done. If there mother's life is at stake there is very little chance that the baby is going to survive without her, especially if it is early on in the pregnancy because they have yet to have the chance to mature at all.

Also what should the mother do if she was raped and becomes pregnant?? Are we supposed to force her to keep a baby that was conceived that way?? What would happen to the child once they are older??
Debate Round No. 2
debater12332

Pro

No human should ever be given the authority to end another's life. Especially if he/she is completely innocent. But for some reason abortions are accepted when almost every abortion is done for selfish reasons. Again you bring up the point about the mothers life being in danger. Just because I am Pro-Life doesn't mean that I wouldn't have an operation done to save a mothers life. The difference is that everything would be done to save both the mothers life and the life of the child, unlike most abortions where they are done to intentionally kill the child.

'Abortion is the intentional termination of a pregnancy after conception. It allows women to put an end to their pregnancies, but involves killing the undeveloped embryo or fetus.'
http://civilliberty.about.com...
Outlawing abortions simply means that no one should have the choice to purposefully kill a harmless child.

'Also what should the mother do if she was raped and becomes pregnant?? Are we supposed to force her to keep a baby that was conceived that way?? What would happen to the child once they are older??'

The circumstances of a pregnancy don't make a life any less valuable so why would should you be able to kill your child under these circumstances? As for what happens to the child, that differs from case to case. The mother can keep her child or put him/her up for adoption.

In conclusion, the intentional abortion of a child should be regarded as murder and should no longer be legal. Thank you.
LatinaGirl8894

Con

Does this mean if an abortion is needed that it will not be able to be done?? By cons logic all abortion is intentional and should be outlawed. Making it impossible for women who light actually need it to save their life unable to get it. How is that fair to them??
Debate Round No. 3
debater12332

Pro

It seems as though Con is basing his/her argument on a technicality. And there is a difference. The abortions I am talking about intentionally kill the baby. If an 'Abortion' is done to save the mothers life, doctors will also try to save the child's life.

It has also seemed throughout the debate that Con agrees with me that every other abortion should be made illegal. -Thank you
LatinaGirl8894

Con

Since Pro stated the topic of this debate is "Should Abortions be Outlawed" and not "Should Intentional Abortions be Outlawed" I think I have made the point. Had they titled this subject better their case would be better. But since it is worded like that I believe that if they are needed to save the life of the mother Abortions should not be outlawed. Thank You
Debate Round No. 4
debater12332

Pro

debater12332 forfeited this round.
LatinaGirl8894

Con

LatinaGirl8894 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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