Essay on The Necessity Of Abortion By Dr. Richard Selzer

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The Necessity of Abortion
In his essay, “What I Saw at the Abortion,” Dr. Richard Selzer writes about his experience witnessing an abortion for the first time. He does not writes from an objective viewpoint, and he tries to persuade people that abortion is an evil thing which people should feel guilty for doing it. Although he pretends to be fair in his essay, what he want is to desolate the reasons of abortion and transfer the emphasis to the little “needle” thing. For example: I know. We cannot feed the great numbers. There is no more room. I know, I know. It is woman’s right to refuse the risk, to decline the pain of childbirth. And an unwanted child is a very great burden. An unwanted child is a burden to himself. I know
And yet . . . there is the flick of that needle. I saw it. I saw . . . I felt – in that room, a pace away, life prodded, life fending off. I saw life avulsed – swept by flood, blackening – then out.
This statement starts from describing that he, Dr. Richard Selzer, knows everything that make a woman choose abortion, but soon he turned 180 degree and using words like “life prodded” and “life fending off” to make people think about the cruelty of taking an imperfect life. Which really does a good job in this essay. Besides, he does writes some his own imaginations in his article to persuade people that abortion is bad, for instance:
A spike of daylight pierces the chamber. Now the light is extinguished. The needle comes closer in the pool. The point…

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