Abortion - Pro Life vs. Pro Choice Essay

3281 Words Feb 21st, 2002 14 Pages
One subject in society that is greatly debated is abortion. The debates are basically divided into "Pro-Life" and "Pro-Choice". Pro-life supporters want abortion to be illegal and not performed anywhere. Pro-choice supporters want the choice to be up to the woman and no one else. There is no ethical way to decide between the two subjects and it's all based on what the person's moral values.

Abortion is the termination of an unwanted pregnancy by loss of or destruction of an egg, embryo or fetus before birth. The term of abortion is used to define the termination of a pregnancy before the fetus attains capacity for life outside the uterus. In all societies, women have for many reasons, sought to terminate pregnancies. When a
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"Pro-Life" supporters perceive abortion as murder and a violation of the fetus's "right to live." Some supporters believe that accepting abortion will lead to the disregard for human life in general. Many "right-to-life" advocates believe that the acceptance of abortion encourages sexual immortatality. (Americana, 6) Of all the issues in ongoing society wars abortion is the most intimate and the most common. Almost half of American women have terminated at least one pregnancy, and millions more Americans of both sexes have helped them, as partners, parents, health-care workers, counselors, and friends. The debate of abortion causes powerful feelings that at times causes violence. In the 1990s laws passed to require abortion protestors to conduct activities outside clinics in what were called "buffer zones." (Americana, 4) One extreme Pro-Life movement is known as The Army of God. The organization believes in violence against abortion providers. In 1994, The National Abortion Federation announced it had attained a copy of "When Life Hurts, We can Help… The Army of God." The manual details "99 Covert Ways to Stop Abortion," included were arson, bombing, use of chemicals, and methods of vandalism. (The Abortion Rights Activist, 1) In 1998 a Justice Department task force was assembled to help prevent violence against those who provide health care services, especially

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