The Issue of Abortion: Pro-Choice or Pro-life?The murder of innocents or, a woman’s right to choose; the Pro-Life/ Pro-Choice Debate, Which side are you on? The issue of abortion has been a topic of interest not only in the medical world but also in the political and religious worlds as well. The pro-life argument states that at conception the fetus is a baby and terminating it is taking a life. The pro-choice argument states that the unborn fetus, not baby, is just a blob of tissue and your terminating a pregnancy not a child. Both sides of the argument will be discussed in this essay along with the views of the church, politicians, women who have had abortion, and even a women who use to worked for Planned Parenthood. Statistics Abortion defined is the termination of pregnancy by the removal or expulsion from the uterus of a fetus or embryo prior to viability.
Each year in the United States 1.6 million abortions are performed with 91% of them being performed during the first trimester (under 12 weeks of gestation). There are second trimester abortions as well (under 24 weeks of gestation) which occurs in 9% of the accumulative abortions a year in the United States. And about 100 abortions are performed in the third trimester (above 24 weeks gestation) this is approximately .01% of all abortions. 1.
5 million U.S. women with unwanted pregnancies will choose abortion each year. Most of these women have jobs with the remaining being in school and most of them will choose to have children at a future time in their life. Eighty-two percent of women that have abortions are unmarried, single, or separated. It has been proven that almost half of American women will have an abortion at sometime in their lifetime.
There are around. .ife advocates also believe that contraception is wrong and try to keep women from receiving it as well. There are even laws that protect pharmacists from punishment if they choose to refuse contraception to any women. These laws also protect those like a women pharmacist refusing Viagra to a man because she feels he may rape someone with it.(amplify, 2009) There is also the argument that women who are raped or victims of incest should be forced to carry a child to full term and then give the child up for adoption.
Statistics say that 1 in 3 women will be victims of rape or a sexually violent act but does this mean that 33% of women also should be forced to carry their violators child to term? It doesn’t seem fair that a woman loses her feelings of safety and loses her choice to say no and then also has to go through an unwanted pregnancy on top of it.(amplify, 2009)