Abortion: A Life or Death Decision

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Every day, an overwhelming amount of human beings' lives are terminated. The culprit: unwanted pregnancies. Many woman are (not by choice), becoming pregnant as a result of unsafe sex, rape, or failure to use protection correctly. So what is one to do when they discover that they're pregnant? They have some alternatives: (1) have the child and raise it (2) have the child, and then give it up for adoption (3) get an abortion. Sadly, many women choose alternative three, unaware of what they're getting themselves into. Abortion is very cruel to the baby and even harms the mother.

But in contrast life begins at conception. After only 18 days, the heart is formed, and after 20 the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system are developing. A mere four days later, the heart starts beating. So would you consider something with a beating heart a living creature? Therefore when doing an abortion you are killing a living creature.

There are many abortions performed each year in the United States; nearly 1.3 million abortions a year to be exact. In 1992, in the case of Planned Parenthood v. Casey: The courts upheld the rights for legal abortions. But a 24-hour waiting period was put in place, as well as an informed consent requirement, a parental consent provision. This may help reduce the number of abortions each year. The people that passed these bills feel that maybe the parents will feel differently about the situation and be able to talk their child out of it. Twenty percent of teens that are sexually active do not use any form of birth control. These are the teens that end up getting pregnant and getting an abortion. If people would use some kind of contraceptive it could stop a lot of the abortions...