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Abortion: Pro Life Is The Logical Argument

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Suppose your mother was not planning on having a child when she was pregnant with you. Suppose your father was abusive to her. Suppose she was not even ready to be a mother or prepared to have a baby. Aren’t you still glad that she didn’t put her right to choose what goes on within her body before your right to life? Ronald Reagan once said, “I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born” (qtd. “Quotations about Abortion”). Because a fetus is a human being from the moment of conception, aborting is murder and therefore it should be just as illegal as taking the life of a grown human is.
Most abortion advocates do not argue that the fetus is not human. David Noonin, author of A Defense of Abortion, is quoted saying “there is no doubt in my mind that this picture, too, shows [my son] at a very early stage in his physical development. And there is no question that the position I defend in this book entails that it would have been morally permissible to end his life at this point” (“Medical Testimony”). While he doesn’t even try to refute that it is not a life, he still believes that it would be all right to kill his son at that age. Another advocate, Naomi Wolf, concedes enough to say that those who are for abortion need to “contextualize the fight to defend abortion rights within a moral framework that admits that the death of a fetus is a real death” (“Medical Testimony”). Both of these abortion supporters admit that abortion is killing, and Wolf even urges others to admit that. When the Supreme Court made it’s decision in 1973, the majority opinion was “the judiciary, at this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to… resolve the difficult question of when life begins… since those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus” (“Medical Testimony”). However, with advances in science, it is possible to determine when life begins as stated in the report on Senate Bill 158, also known as the “ Human Life Bill”, which stated, “physicians, biologists, and other scientists agree that conception marks the beginning of the life of a human being” (qtd. in Cain). There is no longer the dispute between educated persons that life begins at conception and continues all the way through the pregnancy. Because aborting would be ending that life, it is the same as murder.
Even after the fact of the fetus’s humanity is settled, abortion supporters claim that if the mother’s life is at risk, it would be self-defense to abort because the baby is taking the mother’s life unfairly. The problem with this argument, though, is that the fetus had no intent to harm the mother. In a situation involving two adults where one is trying to take the life of the other, there is intent behind the aggressor to make the case self-defense, yet in the situation of a fetus and his mother, the fetus is not trying to harm the mother, as a robber wants to steal from...

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