Essay by pushkin5University, Bachelor'sA-, February 2004

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I have finally decided that I should tackle an issue of grave importance in the world today. That issue is abortion. You have heard the arguments from all sides I am sure. It is a personal choice. It is murder. It is something the government should have no place in. It is something the government should be involved in. It is something I can tolerate but I do not want my tax dollars going to fund it. What stand am I going to take on this issue? I am not sure I have a stance, all I have are questions and observations. In the following document, I shall attempt to share them with you. What is abortion? Well according to Merriam Webster's dictionary abortion is defined as follows: Main Entry: abor·tion Pronunciation: &-'bor-sh&n Function: noun Date: 1547 1 : the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus: as a : spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus during the first 12 weeks of gestation -- compare MISCARRIAGE b : induced expulsion of a human fetus c : expulsion of a fetus by a domestic animal often due to infection at any time before completion of pregnancy -- compare CONTAGIOUS ABORTION 2 : MONSTROSITY 3 : arrest of development (as of a part or process) resulting in imperfection; also : a result of such arrest Roget's thesaurus breaks the word down into two categories for its synonyms.

Those two categories are: nonpreparation and failure followed by rather extensive lists of words meaning the same. The connotations are obvious. However, I have to ask myself, should we attempt to stop abortion? I have often joked that abortion is fine, after all, stupid people shouldn't breed. Now I find myself...