Among the Nations leading controversy’s, the bilateral issue of abortion seems to be a popular yet, contentious debate. For several decades, abortion has been a never ending conflict that has caused a division among society. This bitter political brawling has created a pointless stalemate that has left the abortion issue unresolved. What is right and what is wrong? Should a woman be allowed to have an abortion and deprive a child from life or should she be forced to forfeit her right to make her own decisions? Society is caught in the middle of this controversial topic because a portion of individuals believe that it should be a woman’s choice whether she has an abortion while others consider it to be murder.
Years ago, before abortion was legal, thousands of women performed illegal abortions using old fashioned methods resulting in serious infections and in many cases death. In 1973, the United States Supreme Court, with a 7-2 vote, ruled in Norma L. McCorvey‘s favor declaring that the government could not restrict or interfere with a woman’s ability to obtain an abortion hence legalizing abortion in all 50 states (Clifton par.1). This was known as the Roe Vs. Wade case. Appalled by the decision, pro- life activists attempted to abolish Roe in the courts, and in 1976, the Hyde Amendment was passed. This amendment restricted the government from federally funding abortions. It emphasized partial birth abortions and enforced new laws stating that minors had to receive permission from their guardians to obtain abortions (Rasmussen par.11). Since 1973, there have been approximately 52,008,665 abortions performed in the United States and I think its about time we put an end to this abomination (NRLC par.7).
First of all, the very presence of life, or DNA, defines personhood. When an embryo is created it is not just a mass of tissue, it’s a cell that carries DNA of both the mother and the father. Immediately, the embryo attaches to the mother and the brain, spinal chord, gastrointestinal tract, and heart begins to form. Next, the brain becomes active, arms and legs begin developing, blood starts to flow through the body and the heart begins to beat. Shortly after, hair starts to form, all essential organs begin to function, facial futures begin to develop and the embryo becomes capable of moving (Wikipedia par.6). Dr. Fritz Baumgartner, a respected scientist and doctor, states that: “There is no more appropriate moment to begin calling a human “human” than the moment of fertilization and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, because it would be a degradation of factual embryology to say it would be any other moment” (par.3).
The Guttmacher Institute conducted a study that revealed: “ Nearly half of pregnancies among American women are unintended, and four in ten of these are terminated by abortion“ (par.1). In another study, women were asked to explained their reasons for having abortions. Three- fourths said that having a child was expensive...