I believe that abortion is morally wrong in ALL cases except if the life of the mother is in danger.I think that an embryo is a human being the moment egg is fertilized.Therefore according to the Declaration of Independence all human beings are entitled to "life,liberty and the pursuit of happiness"( first paragraph).The reason that I believe that a child is human at the first stage of its life because it was created by human reproduction,The embryo contains human DNA the second the egg is fertilized and because it has the potential to become a fully grown human being.Also when a doctor performs an abortion he/she has broken the Hippocratic oath,because it says"I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and NEVER do harm to ANYONE(emphasis added).""Hippocratic oath
Should abortion be legal? Thank you for posting this question, I actually had conversation about this subject with my sister. I also believe that abortion is morally wrong, yet we live in a country that secures too many freedoms to take away abortion. If we take away the freedom for a woman to have an abortion, anyone can make the argument to take away any other freedoms. What if someone's religion is that you must have a male be your first born (which it is in some cultures). If abortion is illegal than that would contradict the 1st amendment in the constitution saying that we must have freedom of religion. If we don't have freedom of religion than what was the purpose of the founding of this country. Most of the people left Europe to the United States for freedom of religion. As much as I think abortion is a morally wrong thing, I don't get a say to what people have a right and wrong to do. People have to have their freedoms and without abortion, some might not get religious freedom.
Yes you are right in the sense of protecting rights,but if this religion you used as an example also required that the first born boy was used as a sacrifice that would naturally be illegal. Even though people have freedom in America there is a limitation. If the individual rights take away the rights of another person it is wrong. A good example is cannibalism (which still exists in some primitive cultures).Even though a cannibal has the freedom of religion it is not okay for them to eat someone in their religious ritual because it violates the rights of the person being eaten. In the same way the right for the baby as a human being to live overrides the right for the woman to do with her body what she pleases.
Who says an embryo gets rights? A child does not get rights until it is born. Instead of focusing so much on abortion we should instead focus in better methods of birth control for young teens to reduce the need for abortions. The decision to have an abortion is extremely private and difficult for most women and there is no place for law there. There are times such as rape, when women feel they need abortion. Sometimes the woman's life is at stake. The decision to have an abortion is much to personal for law to get involved. You can not put so many limitations on the rights of Americans. We need to put more emphasis on other options but abortion. Women can always discuss with their doctors to decide what they want to do. But abortion needs to be there to be a last option. Have you heard of the case Roe V. Wade in 1973? The Supreme Court decided that an embryo and a fetus do not have rights themselves. I know I am sounding pretty immoral right now, but abortion needs to be a last option
I believe the child (embryo) would disagree. You just admitted that the embryo is a child and therefore is human. As a human it is guaranteed the right to live. If a woman can decide who lives and dies in one case,why not in another situation. Should the mother be able to make that decision later in the child's life...of course not! So why is it okay for the child to be killed when he/she is still in the mother's womb,but it isn't okay when the child is five? As Thomas Jefferson said in the Declaration of Independence "We hold these truths to be self evident that ALL men are created equal(emphasis added)."I think that abortion shouldn't be an option at all.
The Roe V. Wade case of 1973 still remains. An embryo should not get rights until it is born. An embryo can't disagree with me because it is not a child at that stage. Listen, abortion is going to happen. If we make it illegal, women are going to find ways to do it. Ways that are more difficult. Ways that might end up hurting women themselves. Most doctors say they have at least one patient, or know about someone, who has tried to end their pregnancy by themselves. They try things like mixing malt with aspirin or nutmeg, stuff like that. Some crazy people even try to fall down stairs or punch themselves. I we make abortion illegal, in some cases, it would lead to not only the embryo dying but could put the mother in a bad condition a well. Abortion should be discouraged, but it needs to be an option for women when they don't have any others.
Yes you are right when you say that if we make abortion illegal abortion will still happen. It is the same scenario with rape. Rape is illegal, but unfortunately people still rape. Does this mean that we should make it legal...of course not! About giving them an option;they do have an option called adoption. Just because someone made a mistake doesn't mean a innocent bystander has to be killed. Instead they should give the child to a family who is capable of caring for the child. Before you argue that a child can't think research the facts first,because according to www.scientificamerican.com,www smithsonian.com...etc a "fetus" can have brain activity as early as three months after contraception. That is SIX MONTHS before birth!
First off, rape is a totally different situation. Abortion is a very personal decision made by a women that she feels is correct a majority of the time. It is pretty difficult to compare rape and abortion. Lying to your parents under most circumstances is morally wrong, yet it is not illegal. See? You just can't compare things like that. Adoption is a great way if that is an option. What if a mother doesn't want her child and the mother shuns her child throughout her life and the child commits suicide. Then the child dies anyway. I understand that we gave the child a chance to live, but there are bad mothers out there that can make a child feel like crap, especially when a certain mother wanted to get rid of a certain child in the first place. Unwanted pregnancies cause unwanted children. Finally think about this. If a government is permitted to force a woman to bear a child where will the government stop? This violates nearly every traditional American ideal and value.
Alright I guess since con has forfeited this round and has not expanded on his argument, I win. But I will just sum up what I have to say.
I believe that abortion is morally wrong, but I don't think the government should be able to take away such personal and close rights to Americans no matter what. Taking away abortion would violate traditional American ideals and values, the basis that this country was built upon. Abortion needs to be discouraged, but when there are no other ways, abortion needs to be that last option. Basic Democracy ideals make it so abortion needs to stay in place and government should not get involved in such a personal decision.