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Many have pondered about abortion and presented the
argument that every child born should be wanted, and every
child conceived should be born (Sass vii). . Many people
want to be able to decide the destiny of others. 

Everyone in the United States is covered under the United
States constitution, and under the 14th Amendment women
have been given the choice of abortion. In 1973, Harry A.
Blackmun wrote the majority opinion that it's a women's
right to have an abortion. Roe v. Wade legalized abortion.
Even though these people have been given the right, the
case is not closed. Pro-life activists carry a strong
argument, and continue to push their beliefs. They feel so
strongly about these beliefs that violence has broken out
in some known instances. Pro-choice activists, on the other
hand, also carry very strong points. They believe that the
child inside them is their property and it's life doesn't
begin until birth. In 1973, the United States Supreme Court
decided that as long as the baby lived in the womb, he or
she would be the property of the mother. Because of this
decision almost every third baby conceived in America is
killed by abortion, over one and a half million babies a
year (Willke vii). Many countries have followed our
decision on the abortion issue and some of these include
Canada, England, and France. Other countries still believe
abortion should be illegal, they include Germany, Ireland,
and New Zealand. Although many believe that abortion is a
women's choice, abortion should be banned because its
immoral and life begins at conception.
Abortion is the choice of a woman. Under the 14th
Amendment's "personal liberty", women are given the right
to receive an abortion and to choose whether or not to
terminate her pregnancy. The right to choose to have an
abortion is so personal and essential to women's lives that
without this right women cannot exercise other fundamental
rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution
(Paltrow 72). The state can't interfere in the private
lives of a citizen. Without the right to choose an abortion
the 14th Amendment's guarantee of liberty has little
meaning for women. With the right to choose abortion, women
are able to enjoy, like men, the rights to fully use the
powers of their minds and bodies (Paltrow 73). A man can
withdraw from a relationship as soon as he finds out about
a pregnancy. There is no question of his involvement after
that; he has made his choice. It is only fair to say that
women should be given the same choice. If one doesn't want
to hold the responsibilities of a child than she should be
able to have the choice of abortion. "Because
contraceptives fail, and because they are not always
available or possible to use, abortion is necessary if
people are to be able to determine whether and when to
"bear or beget a child"(Paltrow 72). 

Couples choose the alternative of abortion so they can
start or expand their families when they feel most ready
and able to care for them. Women choose to have an abortion
because pregnancy and childbirth can prevent them from
keeping their jobs, from feeding their families, and from
serving others in ways they consider necessary and
appropriate. Pregnancy and childbirth may determine whether
a women ever gets to start or complete her education, which
will significantly influence her ability to support herself
and her family. 

The availability of abortion makes it possible for people
not only to choose the number of children they want, but
also to create the kind of family life they have always
wanted for themselves, to meet their responsibilities. If a
woman cannot choose to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, she
is denied the right to the "possession and control" of her
own body. One of the most sacred rights of common law is to
choose and if a woman can't do this, than her most
important possession is taken away. Abortion isn't only a
woman's right, it's a woman's choice.
Allowing abortion to be legal is immoral. A pre-born child
is given the status of a "product of pregnancy" and never
seen as the miracle only a women can create. Compassion for
the small one is drowned out under a demand for "rights",
but what about the rights for the unborn. "A woman has a
right to her own body" is an idea more and more women are
realizing, but that idea ignores the unborn child's right
to his or her body. Never, in modern times, has the state
granted to one citizen the right to have another killed in
order to solve his/her personal, social, or economic
problems. The embryo is its own being that should have it's
own rights to protect it. The zygote is a unique genetic
being (Zindler 27). If one was to abort an embryo than that
embryo, that human life, would never be duplicated. A
scientist that may have found the cure to A.I.D.S. would be

There is a better way to solve our problems than by killing
children. A fertilized egg is the most beautiful, most
innocent being that we could ever create, and can redeem
even the worst of our mistakes. This fertilized egg is not
just a mass of tissue, for if it were than there would be
no debate. A fetus feels pain. Ultra sound, fetoscopy,
study of the fetal EKG (electrocardiogram) and fetal EEG
(electroencephalogram) have demonstrated the remarkable
responsiveness of the human fetus to pain, touch and sound
(Willke 64). The fetus responds to light, heat, cold, and
taste. Observations of the fetal movements in saline
abortions indicates that the fetus experiences discomfort
as it dies. One doctor who, the New York Times wrote,
"conscientiously performs saline abortions stated, when he
injected the saline, he often saw an increase in fetal
movements" (Willke 64). In another case, a film using mew
sonographic techniques, shows the outline of the child in
the womb thrashing to resist the suction device before it
tears off the head. Then you see the dead child,
dismembered and the head crushed (Edwards 40). This is
murder. Nobody who sees this film will speak again of
"painless" abortion. 

After the doctor who performed this procedure saw this
film, he never performed another abortion again. But, many
doctors still do perform abortion, and in some instances a
live child is killed. "About once a day, somewhere in the
United States, something goes wrong and an abortion results
in a live baby" (Willke 76). Forty five out of six hundred
and seven mid trimester abortions done in Connecticut in
1974-1976 resulted in live births (Willke 76). In these
cases the child was killed in cold blooded murder. It is
immoral to kill, therefore abortion is immoral.
Finally, abortion should be banned because life begins at
conception. The individual sex cell consists of 23
chromosomes. It is only through combination, however, that
the sex cells contain the full complement of heredity units
that defines a human being (Shettles 17). This procedure of
combination defines conception. After the merger of the two
sex cells 46 chromosomes are present. This is what makes a
human being. The merger is complete within twelve hours, at
which time the egg is fertilized and becomes known
technically as the "zygote". The inherited characteristics
of a unique human being has been established, and in no
circumstances will it change (Shettles 17). Nothing from
this time on, until death, will anything be added.
The definition of alive is that a being is growing,
developing, maturing, and replacing its own dying cells. It
means not being dead. At the very time conception begins,
the zygote is growing, developing, maturing, and replacing
its own dying cell. It's alive. The single-celled
fertilized ovum cannot by any stretch of the imagination be
considered part of a woman's body. This new living being
has a genetic set up unlike anyone else's, totally
different from the cells of the mother's body. 

It makes no sense to assume that human life is more human
post-born than pre-born. What is critical to figure out is
if it is or isn't human life. At 18 days the heart is
pumping through a closed circulatory system, with blood
whose type is different from that of the mother. At 40 days
the brain begins to function. In the 16th week motion has
been detected. At 6 and 1/2 weeks all twenty milk-teeth
buds are present. During the eighth week the baby's stomach
secretes gastric juice, and all it's body system is
present. The baby dreams, thinks, and feels pain. This is
definitely a child, and no one on the face of this earth
would be here if they weren't conceived.
Abortion can be justified by a women's right to choose, but
it should be banned because it's immoral and life begins at
conception. Women have been given the right to have an
abortion under the United States Constitution, but this
right is still being protested by the people that fight for
the unborn's rights. Pro-life activists claim that its
immoral because it is simply defined as murder. Life begins
at conception is another strong point brought up by
pro-life activists. Before a child is born it is given all
it's necessities to survive. Notice the operative word is
before. Before birth the child's heart beats, the gastric
juices flow in the stomach, and all its necessary organs
are present. This is a child that thinks, dreams, and feels
pain. Some women may look at having an abortion to solve
their personal problems, but in all, women are abandoning
the abortion because it weakens their great strengths:
creation and compassion. Maybe soon the abortion issue will
reverse, and people will see the rights of the unborn as
being of greater importance than a personal right.


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