Abortion: Whether Or Not It Should Be Legal

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"The loss of one's life is one of the greatest losses one can suffer. The loss of one's life deprives one of all the experiences, activities, projects, and enjoyments that would otherwise have constituted one's future" (Don Marquis). Life is defined as a form of existence that distinguishes living organisms from dead organisms or lifeless matter in the ability to carry on metabolism, respond to stimuli, reproduce and grow. In today's society one of the ongoing questions is when is it right to take the life of another being, more specifically an unborn child. Abortion is mentally and physically damaging for a woman and her fetus. It should not be legal for three reasons. The three reasons are there are many risks associated with abortion, there are other options rather than getting an abortion and abortion is murder.

First, there are other choices instead of getting an abortion. A mother can choose from abstinence, having the baby and putting it up for adoption, or having the baby and letting others take care of it.

The first and most effective option is not to have sex. By keeping oneself sexually inactive, a teen does not have to deal with being a mother this early in her life. The second option is to have the baby and let others care for it. Companies such as the Bureau of Family Services and many others help find homes for children without proper parents. Children without full-time parents are often sent to foster homes because many pregnancies occur unintended. The third option is to have the baby and put him or her up for adoption. Many other parents cannot have a baby of their own and adoption is the first thing on their minds. With this many options, there is no need for getting an...