Abortion: Is is right?

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Abortion is an all too common thing these days. Before we discuss the issues brought up by abortions lets first define abortion. A medical abortion is one that is brought about by taking medications that will end a pregnancy. The alternative is surgical abortion, which ends a pregnancy by emptying the uterus (or womb) with special instruments. Either of two medications, mifepristone or methotrexate, can be used for medical abortion. Each of these medications is taken together with another medication, misoprostol, to induce an abortion. Many activists try to put out a lot of negative and incorrect information about abortion to get people to go against it. Pro-Life activists feel that human life begins at conception; therefore abortion is murdering a human being. They feel that the second you become pregnant that baby is a human being and deserves the right to live. On the other hand pro-choice activists say that personhood at conception is a religious belief, not a provable biological fact.

Mormon and some Fundamentalist churches believe in personhood at conception; Judaism holds that it begins at birth and abortion is not murder; ensoulment theories vary widely within Protestantism. The religious community will never reach consensus on the definition of a "person" or when abortion is morally justified. There is so much more to it then murdering a human being. Many people believe that it is just plain wrong not matter the circumstances.

Pro-Choice activists have put out many websites about their cause and have tried to make people realize that abortion is not murder of a human being. In a lot of abortion cases the women feel that they have no other choice or that if they brought the baby into the world it would only bring more pain. But in the United States the women...