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Essay Analyzing The Book 'how To Argue About Abortion' By John Noonan. Essay Also Analyzes The Topic Of Pro Choice Vs. Pro Life.

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The issue of abortion is by far, one of the most controversial topics in American History and everyone seems to have an opinion on the topic. Although there are many sides to the topic, the issue has divided the majority of people to the two extreme views of the topic --Pro-choice Vs. Pro-life. We can see the main arguments of each side just by analyzing the titles given to the two sides. Those who are pro-life believe that they are in fact Pro-Life and that abortion is murder. Those who are pro-choice believe that they are Pro-choice and that outlawing abortion would take the women's freedom to make a choice about her own body. Feelings and emotions about such an issue are very powerful and it has been the case that both sides will go to extremes to defend what they believe in. Such was the case Rosalie and Hector Zevallos, owners of an abortion clinic who were kidnapped and threatened with their lives, if they would not close down their clinic. (Glover, CC, 22)John Noonan is an abbot supporter of the pro-life movement and in his essay, How to Argue About Abortion, he provides many arguments to support his theory that abortion is nothing but the destruction of a living, breathing human being. Noonan attempts to prove his point by first showing counter arguments to many of the traditional pro-choice themes that have been brought up over and over in support of abortion. He then goes on to mention many arguments that he feels can clearly illustrate the logical reasoning of the pro-life movement.One of Noonan's first topics to discuss is that of "hard cases" which the pro-choice movement argues are valid reasons as to why abortion should be available. The main point of this discussion is in the case of Rape. The pro-choice movement argues that a women is not responsible for a child that was conceived when the women was raped and therefore can not be held responsible to carry and take care of the child. Noonan argues that, first of all, the whole Rape issue is cited as a racist ploy to suggest that a baby can not be allowed to live when a black man rapes a white women (Noonan, CC, p12). Noonan suggest that the argument is brought up to play on the racist emotions of many Americans in this country. But to counter the pro-choice's rape argument, Noonan suggests that the mother can not punish the fetus because she was brutalized by another. It is not fair to the fetus that he die, because his mother experiences certain emotions whenever she notices the fetus. The solution to the problem of the mother's emotions as a result of the traumatic experience, is adoption. If the mother can not control the psychological pressures of the child being a constant reminder of the traumatic experience, then the child should be adopted, not die.Pro-Choice supporters also argue that to abort a child that was conceived as a result of rape, is saving him years of misery of having to live knowing that he was not conceived out of love and that her mother may not care for...

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