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Abortion is defined as the termination of pregnancy before the fetus is able to sustain independent life. Abortion has been a controversial issue throughout history due to moral and ethical beliefs. Laws pertaining to abortions vary widely by country, ranging from Malta, which bans it entirely, to Canada, which places no provision on abortion whatsoever. The dilemma in the abortion debate is the clash of presumed or perceived rights. On one hand it is the unborn child's right to life, and on the other it is a women's right to control her body. These two points of views are what distinguish pro-choice from pro-life. Pro-choice argues that to terminate a pregnancy is the right of the mothers and the state should have no right to interfere. Pro- life argues that from the moment of conception, the embryo or fetus is alive. This life imposes on society a moral obligation to preserve it and that abortion is the same as murder.

A women's decision to have an abortion encompasses issues of health, welfare, religion, law, social structure, and free will. Abortion should remain an illegal means with the exception of a rape and incest case, or when the life and health of the women is endangered.

Legal abortion is discrimination and should not be allowed. It discriminates against babies and the fathers. The pro-choice side would argue that anti-abortion laws discriminate against low income women who are driven to dangerous self-induced abortions because that is all they can afford. These self-induced abortions are everywhere and are very dangerous to the women and the unborn child. This statement is not factual because low income women with minimum wage jobs have much support and many options that do not result in abortions. Many government programs are designed to help low income women throughout...