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Started: 6/25/2011 Category: Politics
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I am arguing that abortion should be illegal in all instances except for one, which is only if the pregnancy endangers the life of the mother.

There will be four rounds: the first round is stating a position on the topic, the second round is each side presenting evidence and arguments, the third round is each side pointing out flaws in the others arguments, and the fourth round will be closing arguments.


I'm arguing that abortions should be legal.
Debate Round No. 1


Definitions to know:

Fetus: an unborn or unhatched vertebrate especially after attaining the basic structural plan of its kind; specifically : a developing human from usually two months after conception to birth

Embryo: an animal in the early stages of growth and differentiation that are characterized by cleavage, the laying down of fundamental tissues, and the formation of primitive organs and organ systems; especially : the developing human individual from the time of implantation to the end of the eighth week after conception

Abortion: the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus

*Definitions from Merriam-Webster*

An overview of my arguments:

Premise 1: Life must be preserved, as it is a sacred gift from God.
Premise 2: Every unborn human has the right to life.
Premise 3: Abortion goes against what our country was and is based on.

Premise 1: The Bible shows us many examples of how life is a sacred gift, and must be preserved, nourished, and protected, as it is a gift from God himself.

If we take a look one of the very foundations of Christianity, The Ten Commandments, it is clearly shown in commandment number 3, God's opinion on life which states: "thou shall not kill". So, in context, wouldn't taking the life of an innocent baby be considered killing?

In the Bible, it is also expressed that God calls on us to protect the defenseless, as shown in these verses: Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, "But we knew nothing about this," does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done? (Proverbs 24:11-12).

Premise 2: Every unborn human has the right to life, and the right to contribute to our world.

As long ago as it seems, all of us were embryos at one time. We developed inside of our mother's womb and were born into this world with equal opportunity. Since then, we have developed, matured, and have achieved many milestones in our life. It only seems fair that we allow every child to experience this wonderful world we live in, and have the same opportunities that we have had thus far.

Each and every day we contribute to our world, both known and unknown, small and big. Abortion eliminates the potential contributions of future human beings, and the many great things they could be able to achieve. We would not be where we are today as a global society if mothers of great leaders, scientists, athletes, and many others had chosen abortion as an option for their children.

Premise 3: Our country was based on the idea that all men and women were created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Remember back to when our country was young, and our founding fathers were shaping our country. People flocked to our country for the rights and liberties we guaranteed. Among these were the rights I mentioned above that guaranteed life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. So when we kill an innocent embryo or fetus, aren't we taking away those rights from them that our founding fathers based our country on?


Abortion is morally wrong, and goes against what God and our founding fathers wanted for us and our great country.


jpatdalton forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2


Well Since my opponent forfeited the last round I have nothing to refute. So I will just add more information to my arguments.

Premise 4: Doctors are supposed to help babies, not kill them.
Premise 5: Negative effects of an abortion on the woman.
Premise 6: People are always looking to adopt.

Premise 4: The doctors role is and will always be to protect and not harm.

The text of the Hippocratic Oath, the oath that doctors take when swearing to practice medicine, forbids abortions. One section of the oath reads: "I will not give a woman a pessary [an abortion device] to cause an abortion." The the Hippocratic Oath also forbids abortion in its line, "Above all, I must not play at God." [1]

Premise 5: There are many negative effects on a woman who has undergone an abortion procedure.

One possible negative outcome of abortion related infections is sterility. Researchers have reported that 3 to 5 percent of aborted women are left inadvertently sterile as a result of the operation. [2]

Studies within the first few weeks after the abortion have found that between 40 and 60 percent of women questioned report negative reactions. Within 8 weeks after their abortions, 55% expressed guilt, 44% complained of nervous disorders, 36% had experienced sleep disturbances, 31% had regrets about their decision, and 11% had been prescribed psychotropic medicine by their family doctor. [3]

Women who have undergone post-abortion counseling report over 100 major reactions to abortion. Among the most frequently reported are: depression, loss of self-esteem, self-destructive behavior, sleep disorders, memory loss, sexual dysfunction, chronic problems with relationships, dramatic personality changes, anxiety attacks, guilt and remorse, difficulty grieving, increased tendency toward violence, chronic crying, difficulty concentrating, flashbacks, loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities and people, and difficulty bonding with later children. [4]

Premise 6:

There is a lack of adoptable babies because of the legalization of abortion. Over two million couples are waiting to adopt babies, and only 134,000 US children are available to be adopted as of June 2002. [5] The percentage of infants given up for adoption has declined from 9% of those born before 1973 to 1% of those born between 1996 and 2002. [6] Instead of having the option to abort their baby, women should give their unwanted babies to people who can not conceive children, but would love to have a child.


[1] Henry E. Sigerist, The Hippocratic Oath: Text, Translation, and Interpretation, 1996

[2] Wynn and Wynn, "Some Consequences of Induced Abortion to Children Born Subsequently", British Medical Journal (March 3, 1973), and Foundation for Education and Research in Child Bearing (London, 1972).

[3] Ashton,"They Psychosocial Outcome of Induced Abortion", British Journal of Ob&Gyn.(1980),vol.87,p1115-1122.

[4] Reardon, Aborted Women-Silent No More, (Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1987).

[5] Terry Eastland, "The Forgotten Option," The Weekly Standard, Jan. 29, 2003

[6]National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Who Adopts? Characteristics of Women and Men Who Have Adopted Children," NCHS Data Brief,, Jan. 2009


jpatdalton forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3


I encourage my opponent to make one last conclusion on this debate, and not forfeit the last argument.

In conclusion, abortions are a very bad thing, both for the mother and the child. Abortions cause physical and mental pain to the mother, and often leave them second guessing themselves. Doctors should be the ones protecting the children, not the ones aborting the children.

Now, there is a better option, put the child up for adoption. As i mentioned above there is a plethora of parents who would love to adopt the children of those who do not want them.

Lastly, abortion should be illegal only if it endangers the life of the mother. Otherwise, we will see many negative impacts on our country both now and into the future.


jpatdalton forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by Deathbeforedishonour 7 years ago
I love this topic, but im am also on your side.
Posted by BennyW 7 years ago
I like debating this topic, but I am on your side.
Posted by GMDebater 7 years ago
Very tempted
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