Abortion: the Topic of Heated Debates in Many Places Essay

2028 Words Apr 24th, 2002 9 Pages
Abortion is defined as the premature expulsion of a fetus so that it does not live. Abortions can happen as a result of natural occurrences, but the interest of this paper is abortion that is induced. Abortion has been the topic of heated debates in many places. Nicole Miller went through an abortion at the age of 18, now 20 and is attempting to talk about the experance that it put her through. The government has had long difficult battles over the aspects of abortion. Legal cases have set benchmarks that are somewhat vulnerable. The church has had to analyze doctrines to decide whether abortion is right or wrong. There has also been violence in the way of abortion clinic bombings, assassinations, and political protest.
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And once anything is legal, most people believe that it is moral... My reason for opposing abortion to a desire to stop mass killing-is that it is anesthetizing the society"(Nat 2-3,5) Pro-life is essentially the belief that abortion is the same as murder. With today's modern medicine and technology we are able to understand what occurs from the time of conception to the actual birth. The problem with this is the same essential question every time. At what point does a fertilized egg become a human? According to pro-life activists, the beginning of conception means the beginning of human life, and therefore abortion is murder.
The anti-abortion view had a very strong backing from many key areas of society. The first is the political support from the Republican Party and eventually Ronald Reagan in the early eighties. Reagan was the first president to make abortion a major political topic. He often used anti-abortion ideas to win votes and the confidence of the general public. During a speech in 1980, President Reagen said, "We cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion and infanticide." Another key figure was Surgeon General C. Everett Koop (Whitney 83-5). His view included the idea that abortion was a new holocaust and would inevitably become a selective birth process. He also believed abortion was away to

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