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Rust 1

Starla Rust

Mrs. Feinstein

English 3

8 October 2014

Make Abortion a Crime

The statistics say that on average about 1.4 million babies are aborted per year.

Abortion is not the end of a pregnancy it is the end of a person's life. There are three points we wish to make about a human embryo. First, it is from the start distinct from any cell of the mother or of the father. This is clear because it is growing in its own distinct direction. Its growth is internally directed to its own survival and maturation. Second, the embryo is human: it has the genetic makeup characteristic of human beings. Third, and most importantly, the embryo is a complete or whole organism, though immature. The human embryo, from conception onward, is fully programmed actively to develop himself or herself to the mature stage of a human being, and, unless prevented by disease or violence, will actually do so In abortion, what is killed is a human being, a whole living member of the species homo sapiens, the same kind of entity as you or I, only at an earlier stage of development."

(2005- Robert t P. George, JD, DPhil Patrick Lee, PhD).

Abortion not only harms the baby it also harms the mother. A peer-reviewed 2005 study published in BMC Medicine found that women who underwent an abortion had "significantly higher" anxiety scores on the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale up to five years after the pregnancy termination (Anne Nordal Broen et al., "The Course of Mental Health after Miscarriage and Induced Abortion: A Longitudinal, Five-Year Follow-up Study," BMC (BioMed Central) Medicine, Dec. 12, 2005). A 2002 peer-reviewed study published by the Southern Medical Journal of more than 173,000 American women found that women who aborted were 154% more...