Essay by DRobertsHigh School, 12th gradeA, March 2004

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The Colliers Encyclopedia defines abortion as the direct and voluntary act of ending the life of an unborn child while still in the mother's womb. I define abortion as plain and simple its "murder". Abortion has become one of the most widely debated ethical issues of all time. On one side there are individuals who favor a woman's reproductive rights, including the right to choose to have an abortion. On the other side are advocates, who may oppose abortion for any reason or who may only accept abortion in extreme circumstances, as when the mother's life would be threatened by carrying a pregnancy to term. At one end of this ethical spectrum are defenders who believe the fetus is only a potential human being when it has become viable, that is, able to survive outside its mother's womb. Until this time the fetus has no legal rights- the rights belongs to the woman carrying the fetus, who can decide whether or not to bring the pregnancy to full term.

At the other end of the spectrum are supporters who believe the fetus is a human being from the time of conception. Society sugar- coats abortion, calling it the pro-choice, saying its okay to kill a child, or to take away an innocent life, not only for religious reasons, political beliefs, or society perceptions, but for humanity's sake. They don't think of abortion as murder. Instead they justify it by saying they don't have enough money, or their future is too important. Money can be earned; a future can be catered to, but an aborted baby can never be brought back to life. I stand on the side of supporters who think that abortion is wrong.

I'm against abortion because of the following reasons; it is morally wrong according to God's word. Murder in any form against God's creation, can not be morally justified. This goes against one of God's commandments "Thou shall not kill". Children should be seen as a blessing from God and procreation is God's way of replenishing the earth. From a legal point of view, if a pregnant woman is slain, the killer can be charged with two counts of murder; one count for the mother, and the other for the unborn child in the mother's womb. Since this is the law, why is it that a mother is not charged with murder when she aborts her child? Is this act not similar to the crime of the pregnant woman who was slain?

Secondly when you abort a child, it is not only taking the life of that innocent precious jewel, but possibly taking away a future. By this, I mean that the same child a mother decides to abort could have one day probably become one of our role models or a doctor, lawyer. Some argue the point that the mother might be too young, that she has her whole life before. If she was old enough to make the decision to have sex then I think that she is old enough to live with the consequences of having the child. As for the men who fool around and get their girlfriends pregnant, and for the girls who allow them to, if you are not man or woman enough to take care of your responsibilities that can result after having sex, then they should practice prevention methods or learn the act of abstinence.

Thirdly when you find out that you are with child the consideration of your financial stability, and nothing else should ever be weighed over the life of your child unless it is deemed life threatening. Abortions are mostly brought about because relationships tend to deteriorate and the woman basically feels if the man does not want me I don't want to be the mother of his child or the man when he hears that he is to become a father to quote today's terminology he "freaks out" not seeing himself as prepared or capable of handling the situation. In my opinion, there is nothing more gutless, than for a guy to encourage his girlfriend to abort his child, and it's more unthinkable for the girl who puts her life at risk and goes through with this decision this is her child also. There are many successful single parents, and courts tend to insure that the father helps financially in taking care of the child.

To the mother who thinks that aborting her child will make life better some way, I am here to tell you that it will not. If you think that I'm wrong just ask any woman who have ever had an abortion, most of them regret it every day for the rest of their lives. Again I say if you know that you are not prepared to mother or father a child then abstain from sexual activities or use a contraceptive. For sexual intimacy produces children. Young girls you will have all the time in the world to become mothers enjoy your childhood and growing up period wisely and don't become mothers now. Please don't deny society of its future. At the end of life's road imagine that baby that would have been aborted looking at the mother's face "POSSIBLY YOURS" covered with the question "why". Just like adults babies should be given a chance at life, dreams, and hopefully a future. Remember that God never puts more on a person than they can bare and if it seems like more it will only make you stronger. Life is a sacred gift from God. It should be CHERISED!!!!!!!