It’s been a major social issue since the 1970’s and the case of Roe v. Wade. Over the years, abortion has been argued from both standpoints, for the unborn babies and against the denying of women’s rights to control their own bodies. Though some say it should be legal, the act of abortion should be illegal because the process can be considered murder, people take advantage of the option and abuse the system, and it can be a health risk to a woman’s body.
One of the largest and most upsetting problems with abortion is that it can be classified as murder. The baby technically starts life after conception where he or she can be considered a person. The “right-to-life statute” states that a baby is considered a person by conception therefore making abortion murder (Kolb 1123). At this point in life, the baby has no say in whether or not it lives or dies, therefore denying his or her rights, denying him or her of a chance to be someone. By denying the baby life, one is also denying the society the potential life contributions of the future child (ProCon.org).
Also, protecting the unborn is the 14th Amendment that offers the “protection of life” (Kolb 1123). Work with the right-to-life statute that claims an unborn baby as a person, the 14th Amendment says no one, including a fetus, should be denied their equal rights. The big question concerning the idea of the fetus as a person under the protection of these laws is the point at which a fetus becomes a person. With a movement in 2008 called the Personhood Movement, an amendment was proposed to the Supreme Court seeking the protection of the rights of a person who was formed at the moment of conception (Will 575). Jonathan Will, in the American Journal of Law and Medicine, says that the movement was using phrases such as “human being at any stage of development” to give light to the point at which a baby becomes a human in the reproductive process and deserves to have his or her right to live protected.
Abortion may be the best option for some people, but for some people it’s just an easy way out. The option of abortion has led to a higher number of out-of-wedlock births due to the absence of consequences for having pre-marital sex (Lott and Whitley 323). This increased pre-marital sex can lead to the lack of caution that could potentially spread HIV’s. This spread of HIV’s only costs more babies their lives because of the link between HIV diagnosis and abortion (Ammassari et al. 33). A study of 585 women who had HIV, in the 1980’s, was conducted to see the correlation between those who found out that they had HIV and the rate of abortion, and it was found that the knowledge of having an HIV was predictive of abortion (Ammassari et al. 33). Babies were murdered because women were finding out after they became pregnant that they had HIV infection. Abortion is allowing women to be irresponsible, disregarding the value of life and equal rights. Alongside women being irresponsible, they become...