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In a survey done in September 2005 in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 73% of respondents said that they couldn’t afford a child and 38% said that having a child would get in the way of their education and career goals (ProCon.org Abortion). Advocates against abortion feel it’s wrong because they are against it morally and ethically. The killing of an unborn life is still murder. They feel a life is considered a life upon conception (ProCon.org Abortion). Both sides have a liable reason as to why abortion should or shouldn’t be legal. It isn’t right that others can just jump in and give an opinion on what a mother to be can or can’t do with a fetus that has yet to grow into a life with the ability to survive without the aid of its’ mother. Even though abortion is the considered the killing of an unborn life, abortion should be legal because it prevents the birth of a child that could suffer in life due to medical problems and is a decision based upon the couple that would prefer to remain childless.
Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy not, a baby. Personhood upon conception, the moment the sperm enters the egg and fertilizes it, is not proven biologically (ProCon.org Abortion). There are two different methods of abortion; surgical and medical. Surgical procedures are the most common and make up 87% of the abortions done in the U.S. and isn’t performed until the sixth week of gestation (Abortion: MedlinePlus). In September 2000 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Mifpriston as the first drug used specifically as a method for medical abortion. Medical abortion, the use of drugs or medicine to terminate a pregnancy, can be initiated as soon as the pregnancy is confirmed (Abortion: MedlinePlus) and makes up about 13% of all abortions and 22% of abortions before nine weeks of gestation, the process of carrying or being carried in the womb between conception and birth. Abortion takes place between the first and second trimester. After that, in the third trimester, the baby is considered a living person that can survive without the mother’s aid.
Advocates against abortion assert that personhood begins upon conception, though it isn’t biologically proven, and is inflicting pain upon the unborn child (ProCon.org). According to Stuart W.G. Derbyshire, a senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham (England), “… The biological development not yet occurred to support pain experience… development of pain experience is also yet to develop.” (ProCon.org). Using abortion as a way to “get rid” of a child reduces the number of adoptable babies when there are over two million couples waiting to adopt (ProCon.org). Though many people would like to adopt, a child isn’t always in an “adoptable” condition....

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