Summary Of Abortion Right And Wrong By Rachel Smith

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In Rachel Smith’s essay, “Abortion, Right and Wrong,” she analyzes a controversial topic in America. Smith analyzes how the pro-life and pro-choice movements are too extreme for her to support either side and how “theory collides with reality,” when speaking about abortion. Ultimately, Smith poses her thesis as a question, “Why can we not view abortion as one of those anguished decisions in which human beings struggle to do the best they can in trying circumstances?” One of Smith’s main reasons for why she cannot call herself pro-life or pro-choice is because “both groups present themselves in absolutes.” In regards to the pro-life movement, Smith finds herself more secluded when individuals advocate for the overturn of Roe v. Wade or when …show more content…
I cannot condone their flagrant misuse of Scripture and unforgiving spirit. There is meanness about their position that causes them to pass judgment on the lives of women in a way I could never do.
Even though Smith is appalled by the “scare tactics” used by the pro-life movement, Smith does believe a fetus is a living person and an abortion does end its life. However, Smith does not correlate abortion with murder. For example, Smith says, ”homicide is not always against the
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In simple terms, Smith can’t completely support the pro-life movement, because “what she thinks and how she feels about this issue are two entirely different matters.” Smith concludes that both movements want to believe that abortion is a black and white matter. Though, Smith explains that there is a “gray area” because of a person’s life experiences. Another main point Smith makes in her essay is that “theory collides with reality” when analyzing the topic of abortion. Smith believes that the topic of abortion goes far more than saying, “I think abortion is wrong for me but acceptable for someone else.” Smith comes to understand that “theory collides with reality” because we don’t live in a Utopian world. In a utopian world, protection would not fail and babies would not die shortly after birth because of complications during development. Smith also explains that taking away the access to safe abortions will not “stop all women from having

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