Abortion: is it justified?

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Abortion is an intentional violent act that kills an unborn baby. Without any anaesthesia, the baby is dismembered, torn apart, and vacuumed out of the mother. In the case of a near-term abortion, the baby is turned around and pulled partially out with its head still inside the mother. The abortionist then forces a sharp object into the back of its neck and vacuums out the brain. Abortion is one of the most persistently controversial issues in American culture and politics today. Being often shown as a two-sided debate, the abortion controversy is actually quite multifaceted, involving varied speculations on biology, ethics, and legal rights.

However, can abortion be justified? Are there circumstances in which it is right to practice an abortion, leaving aside the procedure it means having one? The purpose of this essay is the former.

One of the most controversial issues of the abortion debate is the question of when human life begins.

In this essay we consider that life commences at the moment of conception, when a sperm fertilizes an egg cell. Fertilization creates a unique individual with a complete genetic code. Consequently, ending a pregnancy kills an innocent and defenceless human being. However, can the killing of a human being be considered immoral? Yes, the most basic human right is the right to life. Since human life is blessed from conception until natural death, abortion is immoral. Abortion goes against human rights; it violates them since the unborn child is seen as something different from the mother due to the different genetic codes of each. Taking the decision of killing a human being that you consider to be as "your property", is taking away his opportunity of learning what life is about. It kills any possibility that maybe the unborn child could have been someone...