The United States recognizes the diminished decision-making capacities of minors in many areas. Those under 21 are not allowed to alcohol. Before they turn 18, children cannot vote, join the army, or even call a psychic hotline without their parents' permission. However, some states allow children to make the decision to have an abortion, to end a life, without allowing their parents to even know what they are doing. This type of flawed policy condones recklessness in our children and undermines the moral authority of parents.
According to Earll (2003): "Women and their pre-born children deserve better than abortion. It is incumbent upon all Americans -- regardless of their view on abortion -- to offer women the support they need in order to carry their babies to term, rather than face abortion as their only 'choice.'"
The following list includes the major cons of abortion:
Abortion robs the child that is in the womb of a chance at life. It is considered morally wrong by many religions.
Because it is legal, many women use abortion as a type of birth control. They have sex without protection and simply use abortion as a way to deal with pregnancy.
Teenagers in many states can have abortions without their parents' permission or guidance.
Aborted children may have been great leaders, invented the cure for cancer, or established world peace, had they not been robbed of their chance to live.
Having an abortion may have negative health impacts on women, including a reduced chance to have children later in life.
In the most basic of terms, abortion is murder. An embryo is a human being from the moment of conception. According to Shettles (1986), "Scientists identify the first moment of human life as that instant when a sperm cell unites with an ovum or egg cell."
Most pro-choice supporters argue that the fetus is not actually a person until the first or second trimester. Pro-choice people do not think abortion is murder because they view the aborted fetus a mass or cells or tissue.
However, pro-life supporters argue that abortion is the taking of innocent human life, which is wrong under just about any circumstance. An unborn baby is much more than potential life. An unborn baby is a meaningful human life that is invaluable. After conception, no event occurs in the development of the fetus that indicates a change in the fetus from being inhuman to becoming human (Foster, 1985).
Human life starts with conception. A middle-aged person, a teenager, and an unborn baby all exist in stages of human life. Killing the unborn baby is no more justifiable than killing teenagers or adults. In this light, abortion is something that should be prohibited by law because it is murder.
According to Foster (1985): "There is no morally relevant difference between deliberately killing a human being who has been born and deliberately killing a human being who is still inside his mother." Abortion has become morally acceptable to some simply because it is now legal. Legality does not mean that it is just, as slavery was once legal in the United States. Killing an innocent, defenseless human being is unacceptable and morally wrong. Killing innocent people is both immoral and illegal in the United States; thus, abortion should also be illegal.
The abortion debate is a constant battle in America. The opposing sides in the debate each strongly believe in their arguments. The pro-choice supporters view a woman's right to choose as central to the debate. The life of the baby is the key concern of the pro-life advocates. The main con pf abortion is that it is murder and should be illegal except in instances when the mother's life is endangered by the pregnancy.
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Shettles, Landrum, and David Rorvik. (1986). Human Life Begins At Conception. Abortion- Opposing Viewpoints. Ed. Bonnie Szumski. St. Paul: Greenhaven Press. 16-22.
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