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Yes, abortion should be banned Abortion should remain legal.
Debate Score:49
Arguments:28
Total Votes:59
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 Yes, abortion should be banned (12)
 
 Abortion should remain legal. (16)

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Should abortion be banned?

abortion has been legalized in many states. Howeer, it is often percieved as an evil act because it involved the destruction of a fetus, a soon-to-be baby. At the same time, the parents may not be willing, or able, to bear the child. So, should abortion be banned or not?

Yes, abortion should be banned

Side Score: 20
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Abortion should remain legal.

Side Score: 29
3 points

1.Abortion is a form of murder and demeans the value of human life.

2.Other birth control is readily available; thus, abortion shouldn't be a form of birth control.

3.The societal contributions of a potentially valuable human being are wiped out.

4.Women who have abortions often suffer major psychological damage from the experience along with, in some cases, the father of the child.

5.The abortion decision is often made by minors or young adults, who don't have the maturity and life experiences to make good decisions.

6.Abortion exposes women to various health risks and the danger of losing fertility.

7.Abortion is against doctors' Hippocratic Oath that is historically taken by doctors swearing to practice medicine ethically.

Side: Yes, abortion should be banned
Nox0(1393) Disputed
3 points

According to your "logic" is each single male masturbation a mass murder. Millions and millions of little spermia getting wasted, each one of them is a half of a hypothetical human begin...

Side: Abortion should remain legal.
Azze(107) Disputed
1 point

what about abortion for woman who get raped. Or if they know the pregnancy is going to be difficult and therefore can lead to death of the baby and/or the mother. Or what if the child is born and there is so many difficulties that the child will not be able to succeed in life?

Side: Abortion should remain legal.
3 points

I guess the implication is that by legalizing abortion, would that encourage in youths a perception that it is therefore okay to have sex since there is always a 'back-up plan' (to simply abort the child)?

Side: Yes, abortion should be banned
tapeitoff(9) Disputed
0 points

Not necessarily. This depends on the maturity level of the youths! Sex ed is thus of great importance.

Side: Abortion should remain legal.
1 point

The thing is, even if abortion is not banned, the adverse health effects abortion poses to the mother going through the procedure is still present. Therefore, though yes, teens might now have a failsafe in cases in which they do get pregnant because of unprotected sex, they still face the same health implications as a result of abortion.

Side: Abortion should remain legal.
2 points

To be honest, abortion is murder, as admitted by many scientists. However, the most common abortion is resulting from people being careless and stupid, not rape. Even in the case of rape, abortion should not be done. Even if the fetus is not alive, why terminate it? Who knows? What if the baby would have been born and developed in to a legendary scientist with an IQ of 200? My friend's mother was advised to abort her unborn child because it was very likely the baby would be born with a defect. She refused, and he was born without any defects and actually is a gifted learner in very advanced classes. So by your logic, if someone runs into your yard and plants an oak tree seed, you should take it out of the ground and dispose of it because it was a mistake? Ridiculous.......

Side: Yes, abortion should be banned
ledhead818(637) Disputed
0 points

A better analogy with your seed metaphor would be if someone dug a little hole in the middle of your house and planted a seed for a tree. At first it didn't matter, but then the tree started to grow and take up your whole house. You couldn't get around, there were birds flying around your house that laid nests in the tree, it was awful. So you decided to remove the tree, it is your property after all. But there is a group of people who worship a book that tells them that removing trees from the ground is immoral and should never be done under any circumstances. They are so influential that it is illegal for you to remove the tree. "What am I supposed to do?" you say. "Just wait until the tree is grown after a year, and then you can give it up for someone else to care of" "This isn't fair" you say, "I shouldn't have to have something growing in my house that I don't want"

Side: Abortion should remain legal.
Troy8(2431) Disputed
2 points

But there is a group of people who worship a book

First of all, Christians don't worship a book. Second, your analogy doesn't make sense, because you are saying that after the tree is born, you want to get rid of it. Abortion does not happen after the baby is born. Not sure what you are trying to say.....

Side: Yes, abortion should be banned
1 point

I think abortion should be banned because Abortion eliminates the potential societal contributions of a future human being. An example : "After tens of millions of [abortion] 'procedures', has America lost anything? Another Edison, perhaps? A Gershwin? A Babe Ruth? A Duke Ellington? … As it is, we will never know what abortion has cost us all.

Side: Yes, abortion should be banned
1 point

Well I think that you're a 13 year old that got raped, or you decided to party and you wake up pregnant than you should let them have an abortion. Growth is taken off a young girls body when that happens. But if you really don't want the baby, then you can have the baby and put it up for adoption.

Side: Both sides meet
1 point

I think if you get raped and you get pregnant. That is the only excuse to get an abortion. Other than that, no.

Side: Yes, abortion should be banned
3 points

firstly, i believe abortions is almost never the right choice, maybe in 00.01% of cases it can be allowed, but rarely. but i believe people should have the choice to do it or not, i may not agree with it in many cases, but my beliefs and morals shouldn't effect someone else's, as i may not know the full story.

Side: Abortion should remain legal.
2 points

1."Back alley" abortions would increase if it were made illegal, leading to increased risk of young women dying or becoming sterile.

2.It's better for society to have babies aborted than have them be brought up poor and neglected, where not only will the child suffer but society when that child develops a higher attraction to crime, welfare, etc.

3.It is a more viable option for those who are unable to shoulder the financial burden and responsibility of raising a child on their own.

4.Giving up a child for adoption can be just as emotionally damaging as having an abortion.

5.Abortion is not murder because it is performed before a fetus has developed into a human person.

Side: Abortion should remain legal.
2 points

i believe so. the very fact that abortion has been put it shows that there is a need for it. the various circumstances of the individuals requiring abortion differs greatly; a young couple having made a mistake, a couple with financial problems and cannot cope with another child, rape victims, the list goes on. while there are circumstances when one does not deserve to have an abortion, but the child that is born will suffer the consequences of its parents mistakes. Banning abortion is like imposing the death sentence on youths using drugs.

Side: Abortion should remain legal.
Jc41218(1559) Disputed
1 point

."Back alley" abortions would increase if it were made illegal, leading to increased risk of young women dying or becoming sterile.

Even if that is the case abortion is murder so it does not matter.

It's better for society to have babies aborted than have them be brought up poor and neglected, where not only will the child suffer but society when that child develops a higher attraction to crime, welfare, etc.

You would of killed the composer Ludwig van Beethoven because his grandmother was a alcoholic and his father spent his evenings in taverns. His mother also had tuberculous.

It is a more viable option for those who are unable to shoulder the financial burden and responsibility of raising a child on their own.

See Above

Giving up a child for adoption can be just as emotionally damaging as having an abortion.

So just killing a child is ok?

Abortion is not murder because it is performed before a fetus has developed into a human person.

What makes someone human?

Side: Yes, abortion should be banned
2 points

Personally, I feel that abortion should remain legal, or rather, parents should have the power to make the decision themselves and not face any legal hindrance of any form.

Let us take a look from the social perspective. If parents cannot afford to provide for the child, or if the family is facing financial constraints, it is thus understandable that abortion can remain as one of the options. The unborn child's suffering can be prevented; the family can have lesser burden. Problem of poverty can be reduced. Look at Africa.... ARGH I shall continue later :P

Side: Abortion should remain legal.
2 points

I think that morals and ethics are based on what we as a society believe, since we define what is right and wrong. People should be given the choice to abort their babies, and whether that is morally right or wrong is then their choice, which it should be; we determine what right and wrong is anyway so everyone should be able to make their own choice.

Side: Abortion should remain legal.
2 points

If you do not wish to bear a child for 9 months and give birth to it and be responsible for it, then you should have every right to terminate the pregnancy.

It's a personal, ethical judgement as to whether you believe that what is inside you is a "human being" or not, or whether or not you value "potential" human beings.

This is a decision that should not be made FOR other people, but one they should get to keep.

Stop trying to take away people's freedom of choice, while simultaneously waving a flag and screaming freedom. Sometimes freedom is ugly and not what you want to see... so deal with it.

Side: Abortion should remain legal.
2 points

I am actually pro-abortion but pro-choice will suffice. Human beings are moral agents, moral agents are moral because we are perceivers and valuers, the ability to perceive and value is only possible when we are conscious. it is therefore our being consciousnes that gives us moral agency.

Prior to and independent of our consciousness (and by consiousness, I mean both waking and sleeping levels), our bodies are only able to be classified as human insofar as moral agency is concerned. The term "human-being" really only applies to humans that embody all the distinctions which are sufficient for moral agency. It is only then that we are truly identifiable as human-beings. a hand that is detached is not a human being, an eye, an ear, a heart, leg, etc... these are all just part of the whole, and even when assembled we are not yet a person unless we have the conscious element.

Since consciousness only becomes possible at the onset of the third trimester ~ 26 weeks, it is immoral to kill, what I would then call a child. Prior to consciousness the fetus is a fetus, not having moral agency because it lacks the sufficient condition of personhood. Many people like to think about potentiality arguments with regard to a fetus, that it could become conscious. However, potential doesnt relate to the here and now and are therefore invalid insofar as the moral status of the action (abortion) is concerned.

Potentiality arguments actually are appropriate as justifications contrary to pro-life opinions because they are valid when speaking of a fetus that will not be aborted, this is because it will almost certainly gain consciouness. For females that are too young to be mothers due to their immaturity as humans - generally thought of as anything younger than the age of majority (18) but also could extend to any age since mental and emotional maturity are only related to age in childhood adolescence and young adulthood - the potential life of the child has a 98-99% chance of being very impoverished both developmentally and with regards to being a productive member of society. The potential life will likely suck a lot.

Thus...

If moral agency is not established and the life will likely suck, abortion is the ideal choice. Abortion is an a-moral action (not having moral status) prior to the onset of consciousness. So in light of this people should be having more abortions. I think it is more responsible to abort a child that is unwanted and who's life will probably suck, than it is to not. the notion of responsibility should always be predicated upon the quality of the potential child's life - if its life will likely be impoverished it is irresponsible to have it. "Taking responsibility for the mistake of not using protection" is a bad way to think of it.

So I say ...

- Be moral, have an abortion (not a joke)

Side: Abortion should remain legal.
2 points

All arguments against abortion are based on religious views. Quit trying to push your beliefs onto others.

Side: Abortion should remain legal.
Sitara(11082) Disputed
1 point

I am a Messianic Jew, and I am prochoice. :)

Side: Yes, abortion should be banned
1 point

Abortion should be available on demand up to 20 weeks after conception, and for medical reasons after that.

Side: Abortion should remain legal.

If someone is a strict constructionist who interprets the Constitution word for word, the sanction for abortion is given under the Fourteenth Amendment.

The Fourteenth Amendment of our U.S. Constitution defines a citizen “a citizen” at birth. If a woman is carrying a fetus in the womb, the U.S. Constitution does not designate the fetus as “a citizen.” It would take an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to declare a fetus a citizen. You have to be born in order to be recognized as a citizen. Therefore, a woman does have the right to choose. A fetus inside the womb is not designated as a citizen according to the U.S. Constitution so by default is not entitled to life, liberty, or prosperity. You have to be born in order to be endowed with those privileges. To conclude, neither the Federal government nor any of the States can deny a woman the right to choose.

If abortion is murder, abortion would have been terminated years ago due to the cruel and unusual punishment clause under the Eighth Amendment. Again, proof that a fetus is not recognized as a citizen of the United States of America.

Side: Abortion should remain legal.