Abortion Pro-life point of view

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At one point in your life or another, you have heard of the topic of abortion. You have heard of the arguments and debates of whether abortion should be legal or not, but have you ever wondered exactly what is abortion? According to the American Heritage College Dictionary, abortion is the induced termination of pregnancy and expulsion of an embryo or fetus that is incapable of survival. Although that is the technical definition of abortion, not everyone agrees with this definition. Due to the different views surrounding abortion from the church, the people and political parties, the conflict over keeping abortion legal may never be resolved. This is so unless people take a stand against making abortion illegal.

The history of abortion is inseparable from other problematical social issues to which abortion is attached. "Search the records of ancient civilization and you will not find a great deal said about abortion per se.

The subject will appear as an adjunct to discussions of the status of women, crimes of assault, ownership of property, the rules of medical practice, constructions of ideal societies and population control" (Rosenblatt 35). Abortion goes as far back in history as human life goes. According to a group of researchers, abortions used to be done secretly before it became an unsolvable issue and a controversial one to our society (Tribe 29). Others say that abortion seems to exist in history as an omnipresent problem that becomes controversial from time to time, when the rules of society and the needs of individuals are at odds (Olasky 47).

"Yet unlike the history of other complicated and nettling ideas, that of abortion does not develop significantly -- that is deepen -- over the centuries" (Olasky 55). Over the centuries the number of abortions hasn't necessarily increased, but rather...