Abortion And The Moral Decay Of America

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Abortion and the Moral Decay of America

Abortion is a tough issue for our country to deal with. There are, on both sides of the argument, well-meaning and intelligent people - as well as the opposite. Despite the difficulty of this issue, it must be confronted, as it is simultaneously rooted in and influential towards the moral foundations and political ideals of America. As a concerned American and a pursuant of open-mindedness, I have reached the conclusion that abortion is a such a threat to America's public and private morals that it should be outlawed in all cases except for when the mother's physical health is seriously threatened. In order to support this conclusion, I intend to address and the pro-choice arguments as represented in the Planned Parenthood site Nine Reasons Abortion is Legal and other pro-choice Internet sites. I will refute their arguments as either misguided in their conclusions, inapplicable or insufficient to justify abortion.

[Good introduction, though your paragraphing is a bit odd--why all the short paragraphs?  title of the PP site should be in quotations, both as it is given here and within parenthetical cites below. In general, it's best not to announce your intentions, but to "just do it."  Also, let me say that below I offer many points to counter your refutations--and I'm sure that has to do with the knowledge that you aren't arguing for your side of the argument. I probably wouldn't be as contentious if I thought these were your beliefs. ]

One popular argument posed by choice advocates is that "legal abortion [is] critical to sustaining women's freedom" (Nine Reasons.) Outlawing abortion, the argument goes, inhibits a woman's ability to decide the paths her own life will take - socially and economically. If this argument held true, then it would be based on one of two situations: that the process of being pregnant and giving birth causes the mother to become significantly economically and socially disadvantaged, or that the process of rearing the child accomplishes this. If the first situation is true (which it very likely is,) then it should not be remedied through abortion, but through changing the society we find ourselves in. "Women who accept abortion," writes the organization Feminists for Life, "have agreed to sacrifice their children for the convenience of a man's world." They are denying one of their most precious gifts, their maternal instinct, in order to adapt more smoothly to a society which makes those instincts inconvenient. If a woman cannot keep her job or her relationships intact because of her pregnancy, she should not blame it on the pregnancy, but on the environment she finds herself in - and, if she feels so motivated, should fight to change that environment.

[This is a good point by which to refute the choice of abortion--it puts the blame where it belongs. Of course, this isn't a practical suggestion, since societies change exceedingly slowly and such changes are...

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