Abortion is defined as: "the termination of pregnancy and expulsion of
an embryo or of a fetus that is incapable of survival." However, if only the
debate over the abortion issue was as simple as the definition provided
above. Much like every aspect of human life, a statement is neither right
nor wrong, but simply left open for interpretation. There is no black and
white in life, only gray areas. Some issues tend to provide us more gray
areas than others. Abortion is a prime example of that. Those who refute
abortion claim that it is the murder of a helpless baby who has not yet had
the chance to live and function as a human being. However, the debate
opposite it is just as fervent: it is a woman's right to choose what happens
to her body, and if she decides that she is not capable of bringing a child
into this world, than she shouldn't be forced to out of nature. Where do we
draw the line between humane and inhumane, necessitated death and murder?
When does a woman's right over her internal reproductive organs become that
of the government's? Is abortion wrong or is it right? Are rape, incest,and
potential fatality to the mother exceptions when abortion is "okay"? Are
there truly any at all? So many questions are raised by such a fervent
debate, that we must look at both sides of the issue to better understand it
in a general, but yet thorough approach.
As expected, there are many people that are opposed to abortion. These
people are better referred to as "pro-life advocates", or essentially, they
advocate the life of the baby over the woman's right to choose. Groups such
as Human Life International (HLI), The Christian Coalition, and many others
support the right of human life. There are several reasons why people who
are pro-life do not support abortion. A main argument is that one is killing
an unborn baby, murdering an unsuspecting life, in their decision to have an
abortion. They are trying to "play God" by killing someone. However, they
also feel that abortion is a dangerous procedure, and puts the mother at
risk as well. Pro-life advocates feel that there are other options other
than abortion. Adoption, for instance, provides an alternative to abortion.
Adoption would provide the baby with, (hopefully), a warm, loving home.
There are many people that are willing to take in children; people that
can't have children of their own. Pro-life advocates who are opposed to any
and all killing would definitely support finding a home for a baby as
opposed to terminating it. Many pro-life advocates feel like, 'you choose to
have sex, and now you must face the consequences of your actions.' The
aspect of "playing God" has surfaced in recent years. Pro-life advocates
feel that a mother deciding to terminate her pregnancy is deciding something
that God normally would. For example, if God...