Why Must We Kill?
From the years 1981-2001, 467,910 people died due to AIDS (“Cumulative AIDS”). In comparison, in the year 2000 alone, 857,000 babies were killed (Robinson). More babies are killed in one year from abortions alone than all of the AIDS cases combined in the past twenty years. So why are people fighting to keep abortions legal? In this upcoming election, we have two choices. President Bush is the pro-life presidential candidate. Bush says abortions should be banned except in the cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger. He says that he is personally against all forms of abortion but does not think that the country is ready for a constitutional amendment banning all abortions. John Kerry is the pro-choice presidential candidate. He believes that woman should have the right to choose if they want an abortion or not and that the government should not interfere. After reviewing both sides you will see that because of the questionable ethical, detrimental psychological, and physical effects that an abortion has on a woman there will be no doubt in your mind what the right thing to do is.
According to Webster’s Dictionary, abortion is “the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus; especially: the medical procedure of inducing expulsion of a human fetus to terminate a pregnancy” (“Abortion”). The problem with that definition is at what point do you say that a fetus in a woman’s womb is actually a baby or person. Is a fetus a human being when their heart begins to beat 18-25 days after conception? Or is it, a fetus is not a human being until there is brain waves after the 40th day of the pregnancy. Some say that the fetus is not a baby until it can survive outside of the mother’s womb, which is at 20 weeks (Abortionfacts.com). The lines blur as to where life starts.
As a result of not knowing when a fetus actually becomes a human being, the Supreme Court stepped in. On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States of America made a monumental decision. In the case of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court ruled that Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution provided the fundamental right for women to get an abortion. The Supreme Court said that the “right to privacy” gave the woman the right to abort the fetus or baby up until the third trimester (about 7 months after conception until delivery) unless the state had a “compelling interest” in stopping the abortion.
Although the Supreme Court ruled in favor of abortion, President Bush is adamantly against abortion. He says, “I’ve set the goal that every child born and unborn ought to be protected. But I recognize [that many] people don’t necessarily agree with the goal. People appreciate somebody who sets a tone, a tone that values life, but recognizes that people disagree” (“Issues: Abortion”). Bush signed a partial birth...