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ABORTION Abortion is the removal of the product of conception before the embryo or fetus is viable. "Any interruption of human pregnancy subsequent to the 28th week is known as abortion"(The Columbia Encyclopedia, Edition 5, 1993 p157). There are many types of abortion procedures, some can be done as late as the sixth month of pregnancy. Here are seven of the most common types, "Morning after pill, RU486(mifepristone), Uterine or vacuum aspiration, dilation and curettage (D&C), Saline solution, Prostaglandin drugs, Hysterectomy, dilation and extraction (D&X), or intact D&E 'Partial birth abortion"(MacKinnon, 165). Abortion has been practiced in the United States since the founding of the Republic, but both its social character and its legal status have varied considerably. Through the early decades of the nineteenth century, "Americans regarded abortion primarily as the recourse of women wronged by duplicitous suitors or pregnant as the result of illicit relationships, though records exist of married women having abortions"(1995 Information Please (TM) Almanac, Annual 1995 p432(1), Internet).

My stand on abortion is I am against it. I do not believe that it's morally permissible to kill a living person. Thomas Aquinas's Natural Law Theory supports my view of abortion it says "you are not supposed to do anything that will interfere with human flourishing"(encarta.msn.com). According to this abortions is wrong because by killing the fetus, and that's interfering in human flourishing. St. Thomas believed that the ultimate happiness is with God. "For humans to do good things we need to flourish, and that will give us happiness with God" (www.newadvent.org). According to Thomas "we are by nature biological beings, because we tend by nature to grow and mature, we ought to preserve our being and our health by avoiding undue risks and doing what will make us healthy"(MacKinnon). If an abortion is...