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Abortion Equal Murder Essay

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Abortion Equals Murder!
Abortion is the termination of pregnancy by the removing or expulsing of a fetus or embryo from the uterus, resulting in its death.  In 1996 the United States had approximately 1.37 million abortions per year, and 3,700 per day. Fifty-two percent of women having abortions in the U.S. are younger than twenty five. Women aged twenty to twenty-four have thirty-two percent of all abortions, teenagers obtain twenty percent, and girls under fifteen account for 1.2%. 64.4% of all abortions are performed on never-married women. Married women account for 18.4% of all abortions and divorced women obtain 9.4% (The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform). Abortion is considered a type ...view middle of the document...

Safe sex or no sex at all would be better than getting pregnant and having an abortion. “Half of all women seeking a first abortion had not been using any type of protection, nor did their partner” (Gordon). Both women and men need to think about the consequences that can occur before having sexual relations. The effects of an abortion can be life changing and very depressing for everyone involved, both for the family and for the woman having the abortion.
Last but not least, there are more options besides abortion. Adoption is the big one because “almost 7.3 million women from the age of 15 to 44 are unable to have a child. Not all of them are even aware of their condition until they try to conceive” (Feilds). Pregnancies only last nine months, abortion lasts forever. Instead of having an abortion, wait the nine months and put the baby up for adoption, so the couples who cannot have children have the chance to adopt one. Who knows, after the nine months one could change one’s mind and decide to keep the baby. This would not be possible if having an abortion.
The main argument for abortion being legal is a woman’s right to her own body. Without doubt this right is very essential, but is it adequate to trump the right to life? When one thinks about it, the right to have power over one’s own body is not conclusive. No one person would agree that a woman has the right to pound someone to death just because she uses a part of her body. In this case, a person’s right to live over rules a woman's right to her own body. The important question is should a woman's power over her body result in the death of an unborn baby? “Some people might say that it is better to allow an abortion then to have so many...

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