Abortion Pro-Choice Persuasive Paper Essay

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Abortion Pro-Choice Persuasive Paper

Colby Glass
Mrs. Lane Honors English 3
Colby Glass
Mrs. Lane Honors English 3
Abortion Pro-Choice Persuasive Paper
9-23-03

In the last few decades, abortion has become a much-discussed subject. It has been a
central point in many political affairs as in; selecting justices for the Supreme Court,
it has also become an issue for candidates for state and local offices as well as for the
U.S. Presidency. What exactly is abortion anyway? Depending on who you ask one will always
get different answers, but the dictionary defines abortion as the termination of a
pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the
embryo or fetus. The moral question has always been whether or not it should be a woman's
decision to get an abortion. The other side of that question is whether the government
should have control over a woman's body and forbid her to get an abortion. Pro-Choice,
though it does take the side of legalizing abortion, it does not mean Pro-abortion.
Pro-choice is the right in choosing whether to reproduce, adopt, or abort. I believe a
woman should have the right to choose whether to keep the baby if she knows that she is
willing to take up such a huge responsibility.


The fundamental issue that Pro-choice focuses on is whether anyone-including the
government, the church, and pro-life protesters- can tell a woman what to do with their
bodies. Pregnancy carries many obligations, and one will lose many privileges. One of
those privileges is the right to pursue happiness. A baby can sometimes disrupt a woman's
pursuit of happiness. Having the option to perform an abortion can solve that obstacle.
Most of the time the mother of the unwanted child is very young and inexperienced or too
poor to take care of the child. The child is usually malnourished, has no medical care,
and gets very little attention or love.


When talking about abortion, there are many different ethical questions involved. Ethics
is what one uses to distinguish what is right from wrong, good from bad, etc. Since people
come from different backgrounds, they have a different code of ethics, therefore answering
the question of right and wrong can not be easily answered, and who knows if it can ever
be answered? There is no correct ethical or moral code for one specific time period, or
group of people, so one must decide what they believe on the issue of abortion, by
examining there own code of ethics.


Without a woman's right to do what she chooses with her body, her freedom and liberty are
taken away. If for personal reasons, a woman wants an abortion, as is, currently, her
constitutional right, she has the freedom to do so. A child needs to be loved and wanted.
A baby, whose mother resents his birth, will not receive the proper care and nurturing he
deserves. Perhaps, he would be better off not to have been born. For these reasons, I
support the Pro-Choice movement.


A fetus is tissue growing inside the body of a woman. Since a fetus has no right to life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, it has no right to be inside the body of another
human being that does not want it. However, the fetus needs to be inside a woman's body to
exist. To give the fetus the right to exist in a woman's body would make the woman a
slave. Slavery is not a right. It is not morally or legally a right. In fact slavery is a
horrible act that was outlawed due to the Civil War. "Abortion is a moral right--which
should be left to the sole discretion of the woman involved; morally, nothing other than
her wish in the matter is to be considered." Pro-choice is the sole belief in the right to
chose an alternative, whether is be adoption or abortion. It is not the belief in murder,
since abortion does not take the life of a human being. Asking a woman to give up her life
for something that is not even a human being, is asking her to make herself a slave.
Abortion is an issue of women, and so it should be the woman's right to choose. She has
the free will to consider others views and morals such but it is her ultimate decision.


In 1973 the American Supreme Court ruled that Americans' right to privacy included: "the
right of a woman to decide whether to have children, and the right of a woman and her
doctor to make that decision without state interference" ("abortion"). The Constitution
says we have a right to privacy; so taking away a woman's chance to make decisions about
her own body violates that right. The closure of abortion clinics will be done with the
purpose to reduce the number of abortions. This raises the question whether this will be
an effective method or not. Before 1973 abortions were illegal yet the number of women who
sought abortions did not decrease.


There have been many studies done on smaller groups that expressed the exact same reasons
for having an abortion. Older women were more likely to say that their families were
complete while younger women said that a baby would interfere with education, career, and
personal freedom. At any age women say they have too many responsibilities and not enough
money to take care of a baby. The reason for which the public is approving of abortions is
not always the reason of the person who wants to have an abortion. Women do not have
abortions because of rape, incest, deformed fetuses, or because they're physical life is
in danger. But these are the best reasons accepted by the public. Being poor, too young,
unmarried, and not wanting a baby are the most unpopular reasons for having an abortion
and are looked down upon by the public. Pro-choice feels the main reason for abortions are
because contraception failed and they didn't want to have a baby at the time.


Abortion clinics are not a "butcher's place" where young babies are murdered. They provide
a choice for women whether or not to bring a child into this world. What is worse: taking
away the life of an unborn child that is not even aware of life itself yet, or a mother
bringing an unwanted child into this world, knowing that she will not be able to take care
of it, and that her child will have to suffer from the poor circumstances in which she
lives. As of now the woman has the ability to make that choice and save the child from
poor, possibly abusive or hate filled environment.


Personally I feel that living in a circumstance such as abuse is worse than the abortion
of the fetus. Rape victims should also be able to have an abortion because they know that
if they were to keep the child, they would cringe when she thought about whom contributed
to the other half of the child. The offspring will be a painful reminder to the rape
victim. She did not choose to take the responsibility of a child and therefore should not
have to pay the consequences. A woman who cannot love her child has no right to have a
baby in the first place.


One option for women who are not able to take care of their baby is adoption. Yet she will
have to carry the baby for nine months and then give it up. Not all women are able to do
this physically or psychologically. After the pregnancy she will have to hope that their
baby will find a good and loving home. And this is not always the case. The child will
possibly have to suffer from living in orphanages waiting to get adopted. Adoption cannot
always be seen as a good solution to unwanted pregnancies. The advantage of closing
abortion clinics could be that woman will be forced to take the responsibility over their
baby, and give their unborn child the right to life. But it cannot be seen as something
entirely positive. The mother will always regard the child as a "mistake" and will never
love it the way she would have if she had wanted to keep the child. Getting an abortion
does not always mean that the woman is only thinking of herself, she also thinks on behalf
of her baby. Abortion clinics do not make the choice easier, nor do they force the woman
into the surgery. People who are against abortion have the choice not to have one. It is
not fair to take away the choice of people who do want one.


The reason I believe so strongly about the abortion issue is because sometimes
circumstances beyond a woman's control present themselves. Women who are raped, who carry
a disease, who are too young to be mothers, and who are drug addicts should all be able to
obtain an abortion. Not only is the choice a good one for the potential mother but it is
also a good choice for the unborn child. Before sixteen weeks the unborn child is not even
considered a fetus. That is why I believe that abortions before sixteen weeks are
justifiable. I do not believe anyone just gets pregnant to have an abortion. The whole
situation is both physically and psychologically painful for the woman. There are many
factors to consider in choosing whether or not to carry a child to birth or abort, but
these factors are very personal and can only be answered by the woman who has been
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