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Pro-Choice vs. Pro Life Abortion is one of the most widely discussed topics in America today.

To kill is not an easy choice for a woman or a couple to make. There are many factors that affect the decision whether to choose abortion or choose life.

At what point in time is the unborn child actually alive. Conception results when the ovum and sperm join, many pro-life supporters believe this is when life is formed. Others believe life occurs in early stages of fetal development: when gills disappear, after brain development, or 'when the fetus becomes viable, (i. e. able to live outside the womb). Or a less popular belief is: "The time came when the Lord God formed a man's body from the dust of the ground and breathed into it the breath of life. And man became a living person." So when a baby breathes its first breath it also breathes in life.

Abortion is a tough moral decision and, also a difficult legal one.

Certain laws have been established to regulate abortion in the United States. The most popular abortion decision was made on December 13, 1971. The Supreme Court ruled that permitting a woman from having an abortion "without regard to the stage of her pregnancy and other interests involved violate the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment"; so according to the Supreme Court it is ok to have an abortion at any stage of pregnancy. At the state level governments can permit abortions after the first trimester, for concerns about the woman's health. If the woman's life is at risk, abortions are legal if not a must. Even though abortion is legal, there may be one major psychological problem.

Post Abortion Syndrome occurs in a few women after they have an abortion. Sometimes women...