The Instigator
Da_gman17
Pro (for)
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The Contender
Danielle
Con (against)
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16 Points

The U.S. should make Abortion Illegal

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after 5 votes the winner is...
Danielle
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 5/5/2016 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 436 times Debate No: 90748
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Da_gman17

Pro

This is a five round debate on whether or not the US should make abortion illegal in all 50 states. I am taking the pro side and am going to keep religion out of the debate. The first round should be acceptance.
Rules:
1. No cursing
2. No insults
3. Please be kind

I look forward to debating whoever takes on my challenge.
Danielle

Con

Per my opponent's request, I will use Round 1 strictly for acceptance. Thank You.
Debate Round No. 1
Da_gman17

Pro

Da_gman17 forfeited this round.
Danielle

Con

My opponent has the burden of proof in this debate. Therefore, I'll wait another round before posting any arguments. S/he should have the opportunity to present their arguments first.
Debate Round No. 2
Da_gman17

Pro

Da_gman17 forfeited this round.
Danielle

Con

I'm not sure I want to spend a lot of time arguing a case if I can expect my opponent to forfeit. However I will submit a few arguments so as to present a case and sources of my own. The U.S. should not make abortion illegal because...

1. Individuals have the right to bodily autonomy. This means we should be able to make decisions about our own bodies, especially if they affect our health risks. Pregnancy can be complicated and jeopardize a woman's health. Abortion should be a legal choice for her.

2. Other people do not have the moral or legal authority to govern our bodies, even if someone else's life is on the line. For example if someone needs me to donate organs, blood or plasma, I cannot be legally forced to use my body to save their life -- even if it's my fault they need help (for example if my drunk driving caused a car accident, and their lives are now in danger because of my choices). Women have the right to determine how their bodies are used.

3. Criminalization will not stop abortions. So-called "back alley" abortions will still occur that put women at risk. "An attempt to restrict the abortions would rise not only the percentage of illegal and unsafe abortions, but also the expenses of the procedure [1].

4. Criminalizing abortion is also an added expense to tax payers which is an unfair burden on society [2].

5. Legal abortions are generally safe and provide women with reproductive choices.

6. Women who are raped or victims of incest should not be forced to carry out a pregnancy. Statistics suggest that 1 in 3 women will be victims of sexual violence in her lifetime. Women should not be forced to carry out a pregnancy from such an invasive and traumatic violation.

7. Fetuses are often terminated before sentience, so they are not very conscious beings. We legally kill living things that are more cognizant, such as pigs that are as sentient as toddlers. Therefore simply being alive (or even being conscious) does not determine the "right to life" in society. Fetuses arguably do not have the right to life, specifically as it pertains to mandating the use of the mother's body to survive.

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov...
[2] http://thinkprogress.org...
[3] http://amplifyyourvoice.org...
Debate Round No. 3
Da_gman17

Pro

Da_gman17 forfeited this round.
Danielle

Con

Unfortunately my opponent has forfeited this debate.

Please extend my arguments. Thank you.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by whiteflame 1 year ago
whiteflame
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>Reported vote: SoulTechNameIII// Mod action: NOT Removed<

7 points to Con. Reasons for voting decision: >_> Do I really have to give an explanation? Pro did nothing.

[*Reason for non-removal*] Votes on full forfeit debates are not moderated unless the voter awards more points to the forfeiting side.
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Posted by Geogeer 1 year ago
Geogeer
Geez, I'm tired of Pro-Lifers that join and then fail to actually debate.

If you ever want a good abortion debate let me know.
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Vote Placed by famousdebater 1 year ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro had the burden of proof due to the proposed change in the status quo. Since Pro forfeited all rounds their burden could not be fulfilled and Con wins the debate by default.
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Vote Placed by SoulTechNameIII 1 year ago
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Reasons for voting decision: >_> Do I really have to give an explanation? Pro did nothing.
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro FF'd.