Thursday, February 19, 2009


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, 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.





Works Cited

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.





John Connor said...

I agree that having an abortion is wrong. But, what if the woman is having complications that could lead to her death? said...

This argument is very one sided... and you are basing your evidence off of your own assumptions and interpretations. that is not the way to argue this subject. you are assuming.. and you know what they say about assuming...
anyways... a woman SHOULD have the choice to choose. i don't personally think i would ever have an abortion or agree with a family member who had an abortion. but it is their choice. not mine or yours. an abortion may be the only solution to that situation, if it be a girl who was raped or a woman who physically cannot handle a pregnancy. it is their choice and the government shouldn't try and impose their upon someone else's rights.

charlie the unicorn said...

definatly pro choice here, just for the record. But peace to all is completely right! Your argument is totally subjective. Its the woman's choice, even if YOU think its wrong, she's HER not YOU

Inigo Montoya said...

I don't think pro-choice people, or anyone for that matter, argue whether a fetus is a homo sapien, considering human fetuses and humans share the same DNA. Women should have the rights to do what they want with their bodies. If abortion is made illegal women will just go back to getting abortions by unlicensed people trying to make some money.