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Abortion Should Be Legal

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Abortion Should Be Legal


When one engages in controversial topics ethically and culturally like abortion, one has found most people tend to latch on to a specific idea. One example would be those in favor of abortion being legal are unwilling to go beyond the fact that a woman has a right to her own body. Second example would be those that think abortion should be illegal would be unwilling to go beyond the thought that abortion is murder. People have so much confusion on this issue because of one being human and one's tendency to accept or reject some basic moral principles without a thorough examination of them. The purpose of this essay is to look at abortion critically and to express why abortion should be legal and left up to a woman to decide. The goal is to point out reasons why one might choose abortion. While one is Pro-choice in the case of abortion, and feels that it should be legal and the choice of the woman. Upon reading a statement on what pro-choice is and how and when abortion was legalized this was found. "The "pro-choice" view is that a baby does not have human rights within the mother's womb. The people of the United States never voted on or supported this pro-choice position. Actually, it was the U.S. Supreme Court that "legalized" abortion as a result of Roe vs. Wade on January 22, 1973." (ΒΆ 1)

There are several reasons why abortions should be legal and left up to a woman to decide. One a woman may decide to seek an abortion when the health of the fetus is at risk. Second may the health or welfare of herself. Third may be in the case of incest and/or rape. Concerning the first reason that abortions should be legal there is the health of the fetus. A woman should not be expected to bring a child into this world if there is something seriously wrong with them, such as missing limbs, or severely and mentally challenged. One feels that this is not fair to the child to have to live a life in such a way, not being able to do for one's self. Not being able to tell someone when one is in pain. Secondly, a woman's life should be valued as a more valuable life than the life of the potential life of the fetus. One feels this way because if something were to happen to the woman the potential life of the fetus would not even exist. In these cases, there is the possibility of ectopic pregnancy and medications due to other illnesses such as Cancer. In addition, if there is a chance that even if the woman decided to carry the fetus to full term that it might still be born dead. What would be the point in both of them losing their lives? One also feels that the third reason why abortion should be legal is in the case of incest or rape. One feels that rape is one because a woman did not ask to have a sexual relationship with the other person. Rape is a sexual crime, and one should


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