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26
Yes. No.
Debate Score:67
Arguments:66
Total Votes:72
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Should abortion be legal for anyreason?


Yes.

Side Score: 41
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No.

Side Score: 26
4 points

To quote one daring YouTube comment I remember reading not long ago: "Refusing a woman the right to rid her body of an unwanted parasite is giving her fewer rights than a corpse. If you are anti-abortion, you are anti-woman."

I have to say I do agree with the statement above. On top of that, the "pro-life" stance doesn't seem to have any logical argument.

If you are pro-life, why is the birth of the baby the only thing you supposedly care about?

If you are pro-life, why doesn't the life of the woman who is forced to carry, give birth to and care for the unwanted child ever come up in your debates?

If you are pro-life, why is your immediate reaction to a young woman seeking an abortion to shame and blame her for "doing it if she didn't want a child"?

If you are pro-life, why do you relentlessly argue against and shame women who want abortions, and then suddenly lose interest when the child is born into an unhappy life with a parent/parents who didn't want it in the first place?

Side: Yes.
2 points

I believe abortion should be legal in any and all cases regardless of how far along the pregnancy may be. Every American citizen has a right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. A person becomes a citizen by either being born in the country or going through the proper immigration channels. Seeing as the unborn has done neither of these the fetus is not a citizen. For this reason the mother must take priority and given the choice if they want to have the child or not. Now on a side note I do believe before the abortion takes place I feel it should be required that there be a meeting between both the mother, the doctor and the father if he is available.

Side: Yes.
rexwilson(37) Disputed
1 point

Regardless of how far along the pregnancy may be? It's not American citizens but human beings that have unalienable rights. You cannot reasonably say that a fully formed baby is not human and therefore has no unalienable rights.

Side: No.
sylynn(626) Disputed
0 points

The right to life extends beyond our rights as citizens; it's simply a human right. I'm not one to believe life begins at conception, but a fetus is an independent life and to end such life is murder.

Side: No.
1 point

How is anything a human right?

You have no real rights except what you can defend.

Everything else is a contract which does not begin before birth, at conception or any such stage.

Side: Yes.
2 points

Abortion should be legal , anything else is is an attempt to force on a woman a matter that should be for each individual woman to decide .

Side: Yes.
sylynn(626) Disputed
1 point

Murder should be legal , anything else is is an attempt to force on a person a matter that should be for each individual person to decide.

...This just doesn't seem right

Side: No.
Dermot(5453) Disputed
3 points

I didn't say murder should be legal I said abortion should be legal , a fetus has zero rights end of story .

Side: Yes.
1 point

What if the mother was raped, what if the mother has medical problems, or the fetus, what if the father of the fetus is an abusive controlling man, what if the mother would be the victim of an honor crime, what if the contraception failed, what if she doesn't want to be a mother? Forced birth is violence against women.

Side: Yes.
sylynn(626) Disputed
1 point

Typical pro-choice views, focusing on the 1% of abortion cases.

What if the mother was raped

go to your doctor and prevent the pregnancy

what if the mother has medical problems

What kind of selfish person puts their own life before their child's?

or the fetus

though parents do have legal authority to make decisions for their children, taking their life shouldn't be one of them

what if the father of the fetus is an abusive controlling man

Take the necessary measures to get away from this person. Murder isn't the solution to an abusive or controlling man

what if the mother would be the victim of an honor crime

I've never seen honor crime as a reason, and I'm curious how many actually take place in this country regardless of it being due to pregnancy.

what if the contraception failed, what if she doesn't want to be a mother?

If the woman uses birth control, the man uses a condom and pulls out, the chances of pregnancy are slim to none. Typically if this does occur it's because some type of precaution wasn't exercised.

Forced birth is violence against women.

Don't want to give birth? Don't get pregnant.

Side: No.
1 point

Saying that the cases are unlikely doesn't mean anything.

Except that, well, I don't care about discussing exceptional cases individually. So I'm not replying to any of that which I haven't already in the first statement.

Side: Yes.
Sitar(3682) Disputed
1 point

Typical antichoice view: Focusing on the fertilized egg over the woman's right to choose.........................................

Side: Yes.
Cartman(18192) Disputed
1 point

Typical pro-choice views, focusing on the 1% of abortion cases.

"... what if she doesn't want to be a mother?"

No, she covered pretty much every scenario. If you can't get that one part right, why would we listen to anything else you have to say?

Side: Yes.
1 point

I believe that if the woman who is having a baby should have full decision. Anyways, if people try to do it illegally it could lead to medical problems if some altercation happens.

Side: Yes.

The point is.... Abortion is a religious issue and NOT a political issue. A fetus does NOT have a life of its own until it can sustain it's self outside the womb, and until then its a parasite.

Side: Yes.

Yes, any reason. Even if she wants to save the potential child from the burden of existence.

I'd be pro-death (or, proabortion) but that conflicts with something else I solved earlier.

Side: Yes.
1 point

Yes, I think abortion should be legal because really, sometimes people might be drunk and have a one-night stand and become pregnant by mistake. They might not want to have a child yet and it is unfair really. Also, birth control might not always work and they don't actually want a child so I think abortion should be legal. Though you have to give up life, which is sad because the baby will never be like us. I think I will go for Abortion should be legal though.

Side: Yes.
0 points

Every thing should end in an abortion.

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Side: Yes.
1 point

I do not believe that abortion should be legal for any reason. My stance on Abortion is that it should not be done unless there is a serious risk to the mothers health. Also, if both the mother and the baby are at serious risk of dying and you had to choose one you would save the mother. Saying abortion should be legal for any reason is the same as saying for any inconvenience the mother can kill her baby. As for the rape argument, I understand where you are coming from with this but why is it we let rapist live and we have to kill the baby? The Regressive left wants rapist to suffer in jail for ten years and be set free to rape more women afterwards and at the same time murder the baby for the fault of the rapist father. My solution, though it is not implemented today, would be castration of the rapist or allow rape to be subjected to capital punishment.

Side: No.
Iacov(68) Disputed
1 point

Try most Middle Eastern countries were they do castrate rapist.

Side: Yes.
Magna(15) Disputed
1 point

Why is it okay to kill a male, but not to kill an UNBORN fetus?

Side: Yes.
Magna(15) Clarified
1 point

I understand the rapist is a bad person, but he is still a human being.

Side: Yes.
1 point

Abortion is murder in all cases, the mother is responsible for the being inside her, in no way should we as a society allow killing a baby over the convinence to the mother!

Side: No.
0 points

Is it really a question if you should murder your helpless baby!? You say that women should be given a choice. What about the future women growing inside. It does not mater how early you are into the pregnancy, that little thing inside of you is a human. And it is alive.

Side: No.