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Certainly the issue of abortion is not something to be taken lightly because it is the termination of what could, potentially, become a human being. There are very many ways of looking at abortion, which make it hard to decide whether or not you are for it. Although there are many good reasons as to why someone would choose to be against it I, for one, believe abortion could, in some cases, be the right thing to do. Abortion could save women from an experience that could either damage or kill them. This is not the same for every single case but there are exceptions.

The abortion controversy has two main view points, the view against abortion is known as pro-life and the view for abortion is pro-choice. Pro-life activists base their beliefs on their religious ideals and the pro-choice activists' focuses on the individual rights of women. Pro-choice activists believe that woman have the right to choose what to do with their own bodies. Some pro-choice believers think that abortion liberates a woman not only from child-raising but also from months of uncomfortable pregnancy and from the pain and danger of childbirth. Pro-life activists believe that the unborn child has rights; the right to life and those rights should be protected. Also, pro-life activists believe that a fetus is as much a living human being as an infant, and that the death of a fetus resembles the death of a human being.

First off there is the discussion of women's privacy and how the decision to abort a baby is mainly their decision. That and the decision of her partner, no one else's. There are many reasons a woman would not see it fit to continue with a pregnancy. According to the National Abortion Federation "Each year, one million American teenagers become pregnant, and 85% of these pregnancies are unintended." Most pregnancies that are aborted happen to be accidental. Although, yes, some of these accidents can be prevented some can't. If you force a woman or a teen to continue full term with her pregnancy it would be intruding into the privacy of her body. It is initially, the woman's choice as to whether or not to continue with her own pregnancy. "Being forced to proceed to childbirth can cause unique and psychological violence to a woman." "Sentencing a woman to sacrifice her life to an embryo is not upholding the right to life." (Leonard Peikoff page 3of 4). Women who continue the pregnancy would be forever changed and in ways ruined by having the mistaken child. Women who decide to have an abortion can still live a life without shame. They can still go to school or work and not be full time parents when they still need parenting themselves. Women who make the rational decision of having an abortion should be condemned morally not treated as murderers.

One of the strongest opposing arguments for abortions is that the unborn child is a human being. Most argue that the unborn are human lives. This argument has been largely won. The embryo is pre-human until the first trimester is over. The embryo at this time is merely just a clump of cells. Anti-abortionist says that an embryo has the genetic equipment of becoming a human being. As human being's living cells are throughout our entire human body with the same genetic equipment. "We must not confuse potentiality with actuality. An embryo is a potential human being. It can, granted the woman's choice, develop into an infant. But what it actually is during the first trimester is a mass of relatively undifferentiated cells that exist as a part of a woman's body. If we consider what is rather than what it might become, we must acknowledge that the embryo under three months is something far more primitive than a frog or a fish. To compare it to an infant is ludicrous." (Leonard Peikoff 1 of 1). If someone were to put a pet asleep such as a cat or dog that is acceptable and no one interferes. I find a pet/animal certainly more alive than a bunch of cells. Who says what is morally correct? Not the state. The anti-abortionist claim they're "pro-life" is a huge lie. One cannot be in favor of life when wanting to sacrifice an already living individual life

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