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Should Abortion be a Woman's Choice?

Should a woman be able to choose if she wants to have an abortion? Should there be circumstances when women can and cannot have abortion?

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Side Score: 27
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2 points

It should be a woman's choice if there is no other option. If the child could be adopted or taken care of by someone else, then there is no reason for an abortion.

Side: yes
hoegy(308) Disputed
1 point

It should be a woman's choice if there is no other option.

This is a sign of guilt. This has been said way to many times. If you beleive something is right then you dont say it should be done if it is a last resort. Instead you should say if you beleive your right, that abortion is right period.

Side: No
brycer2012(1001) Disputed
1 point

I never said if it was right or not. I don't think that anyone should get an abortion, but I am not going to force my opinions on someone else, as some may do. I am not close-minded, I am open to other beliefs.

Side: yes
1 point

heres some arguments for abortion.

Nearly all abortions take place in the first trimester, when a fetus cannot exist independent of the mother. As it is attached by the placenta and umbilical cord, its health is dependent on her health, and cannot be regarded as a separate entity as it cannot exist outside her womb.

The concept of person hood is different from the concept of human life. Human life occurs at conception, but fertilized eggs used for in vitro fertilization are also human lives and those not implanted are routinely thrown away. Is this murder, and if not, then how is abortion murder?

Adoption is not an alternative to abortion, because it remains the woman's choice whether or not to give her child up for adoption. Statistics show that very few women who give birth choose to give up their babies - less than 3% of white unmarried women and less than 2% of black unmarried women.

Abortion is a safe medical procedure. The vast majority of women - 88% - who have an abortion do so in their first trimester. Medical abortions have less than 0.5% risk of serious complications and do not affect a woman's health or future ability to become pregnant or give birth

In the case of rape or incest, forcing a woman made pregnant by this violent act would cause further psychological harm to the victim. Often a woman is too afraid to speak up or is unaware she is pregnant, thus the morning after pill is ineffective in these situations.

Abortion is not used as a form of contraception. Pregnancy can occur even with responsible contraceptive use. Only 8% of women who have abortions do not use any form of birth control, and that is due more to individual carelessness than to the availability of abortion

The ability of a woman to have control of her body is critical to civil rights. Take away her reproductive choice and you step onto a slippery slope. If the government can force a woman to continue a pregnancy, what about forcing a woman to use contraception or undergo sterilization?

Teenagers who become mothers have grim prospects for the future. They are much more likely to leave of school; receive inadequate prenatal care; rely on public assistance to raise a child; develop health problems; or end up divorced

Like any other difficult situation, abortion creates stress. Yet the American Psychological Association found that stress was greatest prior to an abortion, and that there was no evidence of post-abortion syndrome.

personally, i think it should be a choice, why should someone else, who has no idea what a person is feeling have the ability to make a decision for them? although i believe abortion is always a very bad choice, and shouldn't be considered, but it should still be a option.

Side: yes
hoegy(308) Disputed
1 point

science is not the issue here it is a moral issue. Life should be respected from the very beggining to the very end.

Side: No
cwmdulais(188) Disputed
1 point

i know what you mean, but morals or different for different people, and i don't believe in forcing my beliefs onto other people

Side: yes
1 point

I can't imagine a more suited person to chose =/

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Side: yes
1 point

This is a hard one indefinitely. However,I have to say that abortion should be a woman's choice. Now before people start to criticize what I'm saying,let me first say that I'm completely against abortion. However,although the fetus cannot speak for himself,it still should be the carrier's choice. The woman is carrying that baby and truth be told,some of them may not want to for different reasons. Not everyone would be willing to sacrifice their lives for a baby and there are known cases in which the woman dies after giving birth. Plus,think about the fact that some women may be pregnant against their will(victims of rape). So in the end,it really should be the woman's choice because you never know the reason(s) that she may not want the baby.

Side: yes

I think women under the age of 20 and under or under a particular income should have the choice. If the child cannot be cared for properly then it should not be brought into a life of poverty. If the woman is old enough and can financially support the child, then she should have no choice but to have it.

Side: yes

Yes. If the guy didn't want the baby, he should have remembered to weir a condom.

If the guy wanted to have the baby, then he should have had sex with a woman who wants a baby too.

In the end, who is going through child birth? the woman. So it should mostly be her choice.

Side: yes
1 point

of course it should. It's her body and her choice. Nobody should make decisions for her.

Side: yes
1 point

they are going to be the ones carrying this living creature for the next nine months. they are going to be the one getting up every two hours to feed and change the baby. i mean yes they wouldn't be able to bear children if it wasn't for men, but then maybe they should carry the baby for nine months, pop him/her out and then consistently get up every couple of hours. i think there should be a discussion about it, because the baby is his too, but he shouldn't be able to force you to do anything you don't want, which includes getting an abortion when she wants to keep the baby

Side: yes

What a man deposits to a woman is her gift and she decides what to do with his gift.

Side: Yes

If a man or woman wants the right to make a CHOICE to have an abortion

why does they need taxpayers money to support their choice ?

The goal is to make the taxpayer a part of the man or woman's sexual pleasures, joys, journeys adventures, and sexual raptures and delights.

The man or woman who is pro-choice wants to involve the taxpayer in their personal choice to make sexual mistakes and failures.

This is not pro-choice. It is thievery, fraud and stealing from others to pay for one's own sexual pleasures, joys, adventures, delights, and sexual journeys.

Free condoms, free birth control and free fund for all sexual failures and mistakes with no limits, no restrictions, and no accountability.

Side: Yes
2 points

This is a very complex topic as it can involve a number of different scenarios where different laws, social and cultural factors are a big influence. For my argument I will presume that this is in a MEDC (more economically developed country).

A woman who gets pregnant because she has not used adequate protection (out of her own choice, not rape) should not be allowed to have an abortion. Is the cost of a human life because of a simple error, and because it is convenient, acceptable? take an analogy; recently in the news I'm sure you have seen the "baby P" scandal. The majority accept that the social services were negligent and that this caused a death which is, of course, wrong. Is that very dissimilar to a woman being negligent during sexual intercourse and then having an abortion? why should that be legal?

Now, I'm sure many people will say that there is no way to know if a woman has acted in such a way, to that I say simply the decision of abortion should lay entirely with a doctor to eliminate any possibility of this.

Other people say that a child which would otherwise of been aborted will be destined to a life in care. As awful as that may be, I can guarantee that almost all of those children when they reach an age of intellectual maturity will answer the question: would you rather of been dead and never have experienced life, EVEN if some parts were distressing etc.? with a no. They would quite simply rather be alive, a basic human instinct. Why should anyone decide whether a child can handle it's life or not.

I should also add that in a rape situation the same as above goes; whether the mother keeps a child conceived through rape or puts them into care, at the end of the day that child would rather be alive, modern therapy/psychology is at a very high standard so both the mother and child are not being left alone during this time. Rape is not something that should be used as an excuse for terminating a life. A child conceived through rape is has no reason to be worried about the social response, it doesn't make them less of a human, they still have the same number of chromosomes. Children have parents who are murderers, parents who have committed genocide, yet the children are still completely different, individual people who can still go on to be successful. you must weigh up both sides: yes the woman may be severely affected mentally but is this equal to a life? if there was risk of suicide then yes an abortion is an option but only qualified doctors should be able to make this choice.

In conclusion I would like to stress that this is only an argument for a MEDC with high quality health care etc.. in a LEDC/third world country I completely understand why some people would think differently. I believe that abortion should solely be a tool used by doctors in life threatening circumstances, normal people who are going through a distressing time are not able to weigh up the circumstances in a non-bias way. Surely only a life is equal to a life.

Side: No
2 points

Frankly I believe that abortion is not an option.

Every Day, worldwide... 115,000 Abortions occur!

42 Million a year.

Even if the abortion is because of rape, I still believe the baby should be put up for adoption. Only 1% of abortions are because of of rape or incest. 6% of abortions occur because of potential health problems regarding either the mother or child. Honestly only 7% of abortions happen because of things uncontrolled by the mother.

The last 93% of abortions happen because the baby would be an inconvenience, or just unwanted.

The media will tell you that the following are the leading causes of death in the US:

Heart disease: 631,636

Cancer: 559,888

Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 137,119

Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 124,583

Accidents (unintentional injuries): 121,599

Diabetes: 72,449

Alzheimer's disease: 72,432

Influenza and Pneumonia: 56,326

Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 45,344

Septicemia: 34,234

1.37 Million Abortion... The fact is Heart Disease is not the leading cause of death in america. Abortion is.

Side: No
blondy41692(5) Disputed
1 point

You're stats are wrong. Look it up on an unbiased website next time. And then look into the research.

Side: Yes

An abortion does not only affect the woman; an abortion does so also to the foetus!

Women can chose what they do to their own bodies, within reason. However, a foetus is not "the woman's body", a foetus is it's own body.

Side: No
Topazxx(10) Disputed
1 point

I disagree. The foetus is in the women's body and shouldn't be considered a seperate enitity before it's capable of thought. It is not it's own body - if it were its own body, then it would be seperate from the mother. The foetus, during pregnancy, is a parasite, though maybe one the parents might benefit from in about 20 years in the future. If they're lucky.

Yes you are right - the abortion does affect the foetus. It kills it. Duh. It doesn't effect the feotus mentally or emotionally though, simply as the foetus isn't developed enough for that.

Also, what if a woman gets pregnant without chosing to? Are you saying that if a women gets raped and impregnated she HAS to have that baby, even though if she does, she might ruin her education, get ostracized by her peers and family, and effectively ruin all her prospects?

Side: yes
Euroscope1(90) Disputed
1 point

If your mom had an abortion when she was 8 months pregnant with you would you be dead or alive right now? If she had an abortion when she was 4 months pregnant with you would you be dead or alive right now? If she had an abortion when she was 1 day pregnant with you would you be dead or alive right now? The time frame arguement kills me, no matter how far along she was with you you are dead right now if she aborted you (at any point). But yet right now you are alive and typing away on this website

Side: No
1 point

I value human life higher than the ability to choose what happens to one's own body (the exception to this being when someone chooses to harm themselves, they should be free to do that even at the expense of their own life).

So, I would say that at whatever point you hold a fetus to be human is the point at which the fetus's life takes priority over the woman's choice.

That leads to the question of when a fetus is considered human, which is another debate.

Side: No
1 point

human valors are the main purpose of living ,they are the only harmony that we got. losing that kind of harmony can only lead to chaos and misery. a living person always has the choice but sometimes preventing the problem from accruing in the first place is way to have less harder choices to make.if we allow abortion then why not allow death penalty or allow wrathful revenge in many religions...if we turn our back on our principles we stop being human. and if a persons worried about gaining weigh or having trouble raising a child they should keep in mind that they have the worst education ever for valuing superficial stuff over the essence of life and humanity which is its principles

Side: No
1 point

This may have already been mentioned, but it takes two to tango. As much as i understand and respect WOMEN(specifically), they did not pregnant alone. Unless there is now a factory that is producing virigin Mary's.

Side: No
1 point

Yeah this isnt a solo ideal this involves the male just as much as the women. Without the man= no baby. No women=no baby. And even if you buy semen it still comes from a man.

Side: No
1 point

Does the concept of rape mean nothing to you? Besides, what if you were to engage in sexual intercourse with somebody at the age of fifteen and then found out that they were pregnant? Would you want your life to be ruined?

Side: yes
Euroscope1(90) Disputed
1 point

Why do pro-choice people always run to the extreme rape defense arguement but in reality the huge majority of abortions are of a convienence nature. Oh damn the condom broke it's abortion time. What's your opinion on casual abortions?

Side: No
blondy41692(5) Disputed
1 point

You are more than right. It's a two person job. And a two person agreement. When there is a disagreement and the woman doesn't want the child, she will only grow to despise the man for making her do what she isn't prepared or doesn't want to. It's a woman being forced to do something because a man told her.

And on top of that, the conception takes two people. But the actual pregnancy is one person and one person alone who has to go through it. And she doesn't always have the man around to support her. She is the one who will have to ruin her body, deal with the stares, carry another person inside her for 9 months, and than push an entire baby out of her body. And the actual moment a mother holds her firstborn in her arms for the first time releases a hormone that connects a mother to her child. It's inevitable and it's biology. So that makes it even harder for a mother who wanted to give her child up because she knew she could not financially, emotionally, or physically support another human being. And when she keeps it, she may not end up being all that great of a mother and she could give a child a very unhappy childhood. And also, the mother could be on her own at this point as well.

Men are not always reliable especially when it's out of wedlock and to put that much faith into a man is too risky to put on women.

It may sound harsh or negative. But this is real life. This is realistic. This is life. And this is what people do to each other when abortion is not an option.

Side: Yes
1 point

This one is very popular. lol ill go with no. The women didnt really create the baby. I mean she didnt tell her body ok start making. She doesnt control the process of the formation of a baby, inside of her. Plus the baby is a life not an object or thing. It is a human being from the beggining to the end. It is criminal behavior to abort a human being.

Side: No
blondy41692(5) Disputed
1 point

It's a criminal act to allow the death penalty. It's a criminal act to bomb an entire civilian city because it holds on terrorist in hiding. It's a criminal act to drive a child to suicide with years of bullying. These are the issues we need to work on. The ones where people have breathed and lived on their own and developed their own lives. When we can fix these issues, then the action of "killing" a fetus as a criminal act can apply.

Side: Yes
1 point

Well it's hard to say that it will not be her choice the fetus is in her body it's pretty hard to stop her. However it's murder and straight up wrong. I love how people say there's nothing wrong with it. If that was true women wouldn't feel bad when they decide to do it. Why on Earth would you ever feel bad about doing something that is not wrong? It's inconsistant, that is your inner voice telling you it's wrong. The only women who can really believe it's not wrong is a woman who finds out she's pregnant, then casually leans over to grab her checkbook and says 'Gee how much will this abortion cost?' without a hint of regret. Without so much as one instant where she says to herself 'I feel guilty doing this.' I doubt many women do that. It's real simple you can't feel regret or guilt about something that you believe is not wrong, that's a contridiction of logic. If you feel an ounce of regret or guilt you have just confirmed to yourself that you are pro-life. You may go thru with the abortion and tell people you are pro-choice but you're lying to yourself. People do not feel bad about doing things that they consider 'not wrong', not for a second

Side: No
blondy41692(5) Disputed
1 point

Biologically, yes! Of course a female is going to feel sad about aborting her unborn child. It's the possibility of having a child and having the opportunity and then there comes the regret of not being ready for it. There's regret for knowing she could have this child and give it a life but then she couldn't be happy or live her life the way she planned.

People think that a woman being pregnant should just happen because it's the natural order and throughout history that's all women have done. So it's assumed that all women want to have children eventually.

And that's not true.

It's sad for the woman because she knows and realizes she has this potential to give life. And she feels sad and ashamed of herself because she realizes that she doesn't want to do that. She doesn't want to do what everyone would tell her to do. And she knows she disappoints people.

Side: Yes

This is what pro abortion supporters do to deceive the public & hide the inhumanity of their policies.

1) Steer the abortion conversation to life of mother & rape pregnancies, to Zygotes & first trimester abortions, all to deflect what they really support which is No Restriction abortions of all babies, even viable babies for any reason up to birth. This is the first thing pro choice people do. The GOP has allowed extreme case exceptions since abortion was legalized yet we still hear every day about these extreme rare cases. Lie, deceive, exaggerate, etc. all to condition the electorate to think the GOP wil deny these extreme case abortions.(by the way, rape pregnancies can be prevented within a day or two with a doctor visit)

2) They talk about the medical name of an unborn Baby..... Fetus. By using the name Fetus, they somehow believe it changes the status of the life growing inside the mother. Somehow in their thinking, a Baby that has not yet traveled through the birth canal is somehow different than it is after it is has moved down that canal. WOW, TALK ABOUT DENIAL!

3) They talk about the supposed hard life these unwanted children will have if allowed to live. So in all their God like powers, they know the future of every Baby aborted? How many great people have come from poverty or foster homes, etc.? To be so arrogant to allow the deaths of innocent life because of some perceived hard life is beyond diabolical.

4) Pro choice people like to say they do not personally believe in abortion, but would afford other's the choice to end the lives of their unborn Babies. Gee, how nice of them. I always wonder how a person who personally believes that aborting his own Baby is wrong because it is ending a human life, can support allowing other babies to die. HYPOCRITE PHONEY!

5) After all the scare tactics and deceptions, their next step is to lie and say they do not support late term abortions for any reason. They refuse to accept accountability for supporting all late term abortions of even viable babies every time they vote for Democrats who support it.

6) The Democrat Party and the Left even supports killing viable special needs babies, for any reason up to birth, for merely being different from them. That's like the Nazi mentality where we only want blond haired blue eyed people being born in Germany. In all their arrogance, they will deem who is deservng of life. Where is all their talk about diversity, inclusiveness, compassion? I guess these special olympic children actully mean nothing to them. Their lives are disposable.

I am not here trying to judge any woman who has had an abortion. I'm trying to bring humanity back to our nation by protecting our most innocent vulnerable lives.

Side: No