Position Paper On Abortion. Pro Choice

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Abortion Argument: Pro-Life or Pro-Choice?Abortion has been a hot topic for the past decade. Pro-life and pro-choice groups have been fighting the never-ending opinionated battle on if abortion should be legal of not. Over the years these two groups have gained support from governmental advocates at both the local and national levels arguing on their behalf to pass an array of abortion related bills. Recently, pro-life groups have been pressing numerous bills through state legislatures severely restricting abortion practices. Some of these bills include the Kansas "Fetal Pain Bill" placing limits on abortions after 22 weeks based on research that the fetus can feel pain at this point and the Ohio "Heartbeat Bill" which would prohibit abortion at the first detectable fetal heartbeat, as early as three weeks into a pregnancy. It is my belief that pro-life and governmental bills supporting pro-life stances are a violation of women's rights restraining her from making the personal and intimate decision of whether she feels she can commit to having a child as well as adding an immense amount of stress to a woman while making this already distressing decision.Pro-life groups and the government are unconstitutionally attempting to invade a woman's privacy and prevent her from making the personal decision of aborting a fetus. According to the dictionary, abortion is the removal of an embryo or fetus from the uterus in order to end a pregnancy. The fetus is in and involves the woman's body. The government and pro-life advocates should not be allowed to infringe on this right by making laws forbidding a woman from having an abortion. For example, the 'Heartbeat Bill' from Ohio stating that woman cannot have an abortion after a detectable heartbeat is felt (3 weeks) would do just that. On a Cleveland local news website, Kathleen Clyde (2011), a Democrat from Kentucky states, "This bill is anti woman, it's out of touch, it's an overreach, and in this case, it's utterly unconstitutional" (p. 1). I one hundred percent agree with Kathleen Clyde in this statement, and think that any bill hindering a woman's right to choice is 'utterly unconstitutional'. Women have the constitutional right to ensure unwanted invasions of their body. In Abortion Opposing Viewpoints by James Torr (2006) it states that even prisoners who are denied many of their constitutional rights still retain the right to no unreasonable searches of their body (p. 23). Allowing the government to regulate abortions takes this right from woman, a right that even prisoners possess.Pro-life advocates claim that mothers should not be given the choice to 'kill' a fetus because it is a human being. In the Declaration on Procured Abortion by the Catholic religion (1974), it claims, "From the time that the ovum is fertilized, a life is begun which is neither that of the father nor of the mother, it is rather the life of a new human being with his own growth. It would never be made human if it were...

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