Argument/Persuasion Viewing Both Sides of Abortion

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During the past quarter century abortion has joined race and war as one of the most debatable subjects of controversy in the United States. Abortion creates a medical, legal, and a religious dilemma, which many individuals face; consequently the tone for this debate is both an emotional and violent one. Every time we pick up a newspaper or magazine it seems we can come across something regarding abortion, either the rights if the fetus or the rights of the woman. According to the World Book Online the definition of abortion is "the ending of a pregnancy before birth. A pro-choicer feels the decision to abort a pregnancy is the mothers and the mothers alone, and that the state has no right to interfere. A pro-lifer would argue that from the moment of conception, the embryo or the fetus is alive. This life imposes on us a moral obligation to preserve it and that abortion

Each time an abortion is preformed a woman not only destroys her child, but she destroys her body.

With each abortion a woman's reproductive system gets broken down and eventually she will become sterile. The people who support abortions believe that abortions are okay when a woman's life or health is endangered by her pregnancy. They also find abortions okay if medical tests prove that the baby will be born with a serious mental or physical defect. Many supporters of abortion sometimes fail to look at the medical risks that are involved with abortions. Some of the medical risks are: endometriosis, death, breast cancer, handicapped newborns in later pregnancies, complications of labor, and even psychological conditions like Post Abortion Stress Syndrome. Not every woman who has an abortion is affected by it. PASS can be evidenced by either emotional or physical symptoms. Some women who...