NOV 21, 2010
To Abort Or Not To Abort?….That Is The Question
For my synthesis essay, I chose one of the most controversial and heat raising topics of the modern day. I chose abortion. I chose this topic because I’m very both-sided on the aspects of this argument. I don’t know which side to take because both sides make very good arguments. First of all, I don’t believe a life should taken because of a mother’s mistake but at the same time I don’t believe that somebody’s life should be ruined because of a small mistake. I also believe, according to my research, that aborted fetus’ can contribute a lot to modern science, such ...view middle of the document...
Most people refer to the naturally occurring abortions as miscarriages. Other abortions are purposely committed to prevent the birth of a child. These abortions are done because the pregnancy is not wanted, or the pregnancy will endanger the woman's health. The practice of abortion dates back to ancient times. Pregnancies were terminated through a number of methods, including the administration of herbs, the use of sharpened implements, the use of abdominal pressure, and other techniques. The first recorded abortion case is from the ancient Egyptian texts written in 1550 BC (Potts, 406). Also, an ancient Chinese record shows the number of dynasty leaders and royal officials who had abortions in China between the years 500 and 515 BC. According to Chinese legend, ancient Chinese healers prescribed the use of mercury to abort babies 5000 years ago (Potts, 406). Many of the methods employed in early and primitive societies were non-surgical. Physical activities like strenuous labor, climbing, paddling, weightlifting, or diving were common physical techniques that were so strenuous on the body that they killed the baby. Others included the use of herbs that make you sick, starvation, extracting blood, pouring hot water onto the abdomen, and lying on a heated coconut shell. The ancient Islams even had ways of birth control (Riddle, 25). Since we’ve gone over abortions long history, let’s take a look at the different sides of argument for this topic.
There are many people who support abortion and know the benefits that abortions can give to people in society. Many of these reasons can save a teenage girl’s life and still contribute to modern science at the same time. First of all, nearly all abortions take place in the first couple of months of pregnancy, when the fetus cannot exist independent of the mother. The fetus is attached by the placenta and umbilical cord, its health is dependent on her health, and cannot be regarded as a separate person as it cannot exist outside her womb. For example, a fetus doesn’t have emotion or personhood because it has not yet been born. So we ask this question, is it murder to kill something that isn’t fully alive yet? All pro-abortionists use this as their main argument. Second of all, women’s health and adoption are big issues too. It is a proven fact that abortion isn’t a dangerous procedure. 88% of women that have abortions leave the doctor’s office perfectly fine for the rest of their lives. Also, many anti-abortionists say that there is no reason for abortion because the mother can put it up for adoption. Sure, they can do that, but statistics show that less than 3% of all mothers choose to give their baby up for adoption after conceiving it.
Another great argument for pro-abortion is what a fetus can do for the world of science. An aborted fetus has something very technologically advanced and valuable to the scientific and medical world. They contain stem cells. Stem cells have incredible...