What is Abortion, and should is it Moral?

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The abortion conflict is one of the most argumentative and opinionated topics of the twenty-first century. There is much controversy over the fact of whether or not the mother has the right to terminate her pregnancy for therapeutic reasons, also whether the fetus is an actual baby, or just a cluster of cells. There are basically two sides to the argument, the ones that are for it, Pro Choice, and the ones that are against it, Pro Life. Through much research and consideration, and though both arguments are very strong, the immorality of abortion has proven to have a stronger argument.

There are many complications that may be induced by having an abortion. In women under twenty there is an two time greater risk of immediate complications, also one in twenty-four experience immediate complications. In addition to that there is a one hundred and fifty percent increased risk of cervical injury, and an one hundred and sixty percent increased risk of tubul pregnancy of mothers who have had previous abortions (American Life League). In general some other complications may include an increased risk of complications or even miscarriage in future pregnancies. A woman who has a baby as a teenager has about a seven percent lifetime risk of getting breast cancer, but a woman who aborts her first pregnancy has about double that risk, fifteen percent or more (Brind 1).

In addition to the afore mentioned complications, there are several other possibilities. Abortion raises the possibility of a miscarriage thirty to forty percent, and almost twenty-five percent of mothers experience complications in future pregnancies. There has been a six hundred percent increase in ectopic (tubul) pregnancies in the U.S. since abortion was legalized. Out of all abortions, fifty percent experience chronic depression, insomnia and other mental disturbances. There...