Abortion-- A view from the pro choice and pro life

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Abortion has been a very controversial subject over these past few decades. Every time you pick up a paper or magazine it seems there is always some protest regarding abortion, whether it is for fetal rights or women's rights. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica the definition of abortion is "the expulsion of a fetus from the uterus before it has reached the stage of viability (in human beings, usually about the 20th week of gestation). An abortion may occur spontaneously, in which case it is also called a miscarriage, or it may be brought on purposefully, in which case it is often called an induced abortion. How many Michelangelo's' have we destroyed in the name of convenience? How many Fords' have we effaced from the pages of human progress? The fertilized egg of an eagle legally has more rights than an unborn child. In Wisconsin, if you step on a snail, you can be fined 10,000 dollars (Jarvis Thomson, page 407), but a woman can have her baby's brains sucked out of its head right into the 32nd week of pregnancy with no charges or fines - only guilt.

What do pro life and pro choice think about abortion? Most people try not to think about it. They wish to avoid the overwhelming horrible reality. Abortion is an intentional violent act that kills an unborn baby. Without any anesthesia, the baby is dismembered, torn apart, and vacuumed out of the mother. In the case of a near-term or partial-birth abortion, the baby is turned around and pulled partially out with its head still inside the mother (Jarvis Thomson, 407). The abortionist then plunges a sharp object into the back of its neck and vacuums out the brain (Jarvis Thomson, 404). This is not a pleasant subject. It hurts to just...