Abortion has been a political issue over the past presidential elections. This has been a huge debate between the Democratic and Republican sides. The question most often asked between the two is, whether or not a fetus in a pregnant woman’s womb is an actual human being. The Republican side argues that a fetus is in fact living inside a woman’s womb, which gives the fetus rights, which would make an abortion murder. The Democratic side argues that a woman has the right to have an abortion, and says that a woman’s rights come before the rights of a fetus.
The debate of whether or not a fetus is a human being should not be that complicated. “To assert that the zygote, embryo, or fetus is a person is to assert that it has these rights, which is to assert that all stages of human life should be equally protected under law” (Clark, 28). This quote should tell you what you need to know. A fetus, according to dictionary.com, is the young of an animal in the womb. In our case that animal being a human being. The definition says it’s the young of a human being, meaning the fetus is a living being.
The Declaration of Independence states, “…that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…” That famous quote from our Declaration of Independence flat out tells us that “men”, as in our human race, is “endowed” the right to “life.” Killing a fetus, who is part of the human race, even though he or she is not fully developed, should be considered murder. Our Deceleration tells us that the fetus has the right to live even though the document doesn’t specifically say so.
Abortion does not only put harm on the unborn, it causes many problems with the women who choose to abort. Women who abort often have problems with anxiety, depression and suicide. In a recent study it was found “women who aborted their unintended pregnancies were 30 percent more likely to subsequently report all the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder than those women who had carried their unintended pregnancies to term” (Bachiochi, 23).
Aborting can also harm women’s physical health. A study was found that linked abortion with breast cancer. It was found that pregnancies before age 32, act sort of like a protective mechanism for breast cancer (Bachiochi, 24). So, if you get an abortion before age 32, and your family has a history of women with breast cancer there is a high chance that you will get breast cancer.
Aborting a pregnancy is the wrong way to go. If a woman believes that she is not able to take care of her baby, then there is always adoption. There are many married couples out there that are not capable of having kids. Women can give those people a chance to have the kid they are not able to birth themselves.
Bachiochi, Erika. "How Abortion Hurts Women." Crisis Magazine Vol. 23, No. 6 June 2005: 22-27. SIRS Researcher. SIRS Knowledge Source.
Clark, Thomas W. "Faith in Hiding: Are There Secular Grounds for Banning Abortion?" Humanist Vol. 67, No. 4 July & aug. 2007: 27-31. SIRS Researcher. SIRS Knowledge Source.