Should abortion be allowed?
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For the sake of simplicity, let's imagine that none of these questions apply. Even if this was the case, a pro choice argument can still be made.
1. The birth control argument:
Abortion is essentially preventing a human life. If this is considered morally and ethically wrong, then logically; condoms, birth control, and oral sex should also be outlawed. Condoms prevent what could potentially be a life. any form of birth control would.
The problem here is essentially, where does life begin? This brings me to my next point.
2. Can you murder what is not yet alive?
Fetus's develop the capacity to become conscious sometime between 24-28 weeks (1). This is the point where the part of the fetus's brain responsible for consciousness starts to develop. Consciousness develops sometime after this point. Before this, the fetus cannot feel pain, it does not know it's alive, it is essentially a growth.
So essentially, aborting the baby before this point, (during the first trimester) is as morally wrong as preventing a life, or using birth control. So what about after this point?
3. Human rights
In North America, if a person falls into a vegetative state , they forfeit their decision making rights to their next of kin. If this person is hooked up to a life support system, their next of kin can legally decide to "pull the plug". Similarly, the fetus is dependent on it's mothers "life support system", and has not obtained the mental capacity to make its own choices. So shouldn't the mother be allowed to "pull the plug" ?
4. Population control
This may seem cruel, but it is a valid point. The human race is grossly overpopulated. Science estimates that the earth is only fit to handle about 12-13 billion people. The human population has doubled in the last hundred years. This is what you call exponential growth. What happens when the population of any species exceeds its capacity? Well they die out. DRAMATICALLY. As the amount of people increase, so does world hunger and poverty. Abortion (and other types of birth control) provides a healthy means of controlling this. (2)(3)
My challenger says, "Since it is her baby, she should have the right to kill it, does she not?" However if you think like this, than it is not wrong to kill your 12 year old daughter for disobeying you, is it not?"
Here my opponent is comparing a mother killing her 12 year old daughter, to aborting an unborn child. This is an extreme logical jump. Murdering a child with conscious life, self awareness, is not the same thing as preventing a baby from being born. This brings me to my final argument:
The Pro-choice argument:
If it is assumed that a fetus is part of the mother, (not a separate person) then shouldn't the mother have the right to decide what to do with her body? And if a fetus is considered to be a separate person, then where do you draw the line?
So I ask my opponent, where do you draw the line? Should a mother who was raped be allowed to abort her child? What about if her life is at risk? What if she can't support the child? What if the fetus hasn't gained the capacity for consciousness?
I look forward to your response, and what I hope will be a lively debate.
urapai forfeited this round.
Let's say that abortion was completely outlawed.
If a women doesn't want her child, there exists other, less sanitary means of abortion. It stands to reason that anti-abortion laws would raise the number of "at home abortions", as well as raising the number of children in the foster system.
So once again I ask my opponent, where do you draw the line?
1. Using birth control prevents a potential child from having the opportunity to live. If abortion is wrong for this reason, then so is using condoms.
2. If a pregnant woman is going to abort her child no matter what, I would rather it be at a clinic than at home.
3. Abortion provides a healthy means of controlling the population. Murder, is not a healthy way of doing this.
4. If a fetus is considered to be part of the mother, and not a separate person, then shouldn't the mother have the right to choose? If the fetus is considered to be a person, then where do you draw the line?
Thank you for the debate.
urapai forfeited this round.
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Vote Placed by MyDinosaurHands 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: The_Tom was actually present for the debate, and his arguments were far superior. Hey Tom if you'd like a better Abortion debate I can give you that.
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