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Should Abortion Be Legal?

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Started: 11/15/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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Life begins at conception, so unborn babies are human beings with a right to life. Upon fertilization, a human individual is created with a unique genetic identity that remains unchanged throughout his or her life. This individual has a fundamental right to life, which must be protected. Jerome Lejeune, the French geneticist who discovered the chromosome abnormality that causes Down syndrome, stated that "To accept the fact that after fertilization has taken place a new human has come into being is no longer a matter of taste or opinion... The human nature of the human being from conception to old age is not a metaphysical contention, it is plain experimental evidence.


You didn't cite your source for that quote and you didn't close the quote. How am I supposed to take this debate seriously if you can't even tell me where you got your information or punctuate that information properly?
Debate Round No. 1


Sorry about that lol
1. Laws against abortion kill women
When women feel it is absolutely necessary, they will choose to have abortions, even in secret, without medical care, in dangerous circumstances. In the two decades before abortion was legal in the United States, nearly one million women went "underground" each year for illegal operations. Tens of thousands were maimed or died.

2. Legal abortions protect women's health.
For tens of thousands of women with heart disease, kidney disease, severe hypertension, sickle-cell anemia and severe diabetes, and other illnesses that can be life-threatening, the availability of legal abortion has helped avert serious medical complications that could have resulted from childbirth.

3. A woman is more than a fetus.
There is a tremendous spectrum of religious, philosophical, scientific, and medical opinion surrounding the debate of whether a fetus deserves rights equal to women"s. Our society has recognized that each woman must be able to make this decision, based on her own conscience. To impose a law defining a fetus as a "person," granting it rights equal to or superior to a woman's " a thinking, feeling, conscious human being " serves to diminish women.

4. Being a mother is just one option for women.
Many hard battles have been fought to win political and economic equality for women. These gains will not be worth much if reproductive choice is denied. To be able to choose a safe, legal abortion makes many other options possible. Otherwise an accident or a rape can end a woman's economic and personal freedom.

5. Outlawing abortion is discriminatory.
Anti-abortion laws discriminate against low-income women, who are driven to dangerous self-induced or back-alley abortions. That is all they can afford. But the rich can travel wherever necessary to obtain a safe abortion.

6. Compulsory pregnancy laws are incompatible with a free society.
There can be no more extreme invasion of privacy than requiring a woman to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term. If government is permitted to compel a woman to bear a child, where will government stop? It violates traditional American ideas of individual rights and freedoms.

7. Outlaw abortion, and more children will bear children.
Forty percent of 14-year-old girls will become pregnant before they turn 20. Here are the critical questions: Should the penalty for lack of knowledge or even for a moment's carelessness be enforced pregnancy and childrearing? Or dangerous illegal abortion? Should we consign a teenager to a life sentence of joblessness, hopelessness, and dependency?

8. "Every child a wanted child."
If women are forced to carry unwanted pregnancies to term, the result is unwanted children. They are among society's most tragic cases, often uncared-for, unloved, brutalized, and abandoned. When they grow up, these children are often seriously disadvantaged. Children need love and families who want and will care for them.

9. Choice is good for families.
Even when precautions are taken, accidents can and do happen. For some families, such an event can be catastrophic. An unintended pregnancy can increase tensions, and cause economic instability. Family planning is the answer. All options must be open.

In short, abortion is legal for two main reasons: Because women have the right to make decisions about their own reproductive systems, and because they have the power to exercise that right regardless of government policy.
Last edited by Fugazi; Oct 08 2013 at 03:52 PM.
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Posted by TheShaun 1 year ago
Wait, what side is the OP taking? Their first argument is pro-life and their second argument is pro-choice.
Posted by Capitalistslave 1 year ago
This debater seems to do stuff like that. They will quote passages without providing any source, and in addition to that, they will misquote you many times. Seriously, look at this debate I had with them earlier:
You'll see in round 3, they claim that I've said a lot of different quotes, but if you scroll up, they are nowhere to be found in my arguments, or even the sources I provided. Their whole argument in round 3 was based off of a misrepresentation of what I've said and complete falsehoods.
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