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Transcript of Abortion
Women are given the right to choose abortion as recognized by the U.S Supreme Court in the constitution.
The constitution gives people the right to make their own decisions as long as they do not infringe on another person's rights.
Having a child is an important, lifelong decision
Some people are not prepared to raise a child, therefore they would choose abortion.
For example, couples may not have the financial-stability necessary when considering a new addition to the family.
Pro-Choice or Pro-Life?
Abortion directly contradicts the Declaration of Independence which says, "[A]ll men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are
, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Abortions dramatically reduce the number of adoptable babies
Over 2 million couples, in 2002, were waiting to adopt. Only 134,000 U.S children were available
Eugenic abortions based on genetic abnormalities has gained popularity
Eugenics- selective or controlled breeding
What is Abortion?
-Abortion is the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy.
-There are two opposing views in this issue: Pro-choice and Pro-Life
-Abortion was famously brought to attention in the U.S Supreme Court Case Roe v. Wade
-Since then, abortion has been debated with minimal to no success.
The decision to end a life, or the possibility of one, is difficult to make
Not all people are prepared to raise a child.
Abortion can be legalized through the first trimester(1-12 weeks), but only for the following reasons:
1. To save or protect a woman's life.
2. To prevent birth caused by sexual assault or rape.
Abortion must also be provided at a reasonably cheaper cost to people within the limitations of the above reasons
In the case dealing with abortion, Roe V. Wade, the Supreme Court ruled that:
Abortion during the 1-12 week(s), or first trimester, is legal.
The states can individually regulate abortion during the second(13-28 weeks) and third(29-40 weeks) trimesters.
This ruling only created more heated debates
Statement of Benefits
The previous proposal will appeal to both parties because:
It does not condone abortion, rather, it gives voice to those who have no option and need a last resort. Also, it prohibits abortion in late stages of life in the womb, in which it is has been proven that a fetus can feel pain especially after 20 weeks of gestation(development).
Proponents argue that, above all other reasons, life begins at birth not at conception.
Therefore, they claim that "abortion is not murder".
Abortion might have been the center of multiple heated debates, but by implementing what has been established as common ground into law, we can hope to have stepped closer to an accepted compromise.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Unintended Pregnancy Prevention: Home" (159 KB) , www.cdc.gov (accessed Oct. 20, 2010)
The US Declaration of Independence (33 KB) , uscode.house.gov, July 4, 1776
Terry Eastland, "The Forgotten Option," The Weekly Standard, Jan. 29, 2003
"Landmark Study Shows Vast Majority of Americans Support Adoption," www.adoption.com (accessed Apr. 1, 2010)
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as Amended (110 KB) , www.ada.gov, Sep. 25, 2008
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With the increasing use of pre-natal testing, according to studies in the United States and United Kingdom, a diagnosis of Down syndrome has led to as many as nine out of 10 women choosing to abort the child.
• Dilation and Evacuation (D&E): Sharp-edged instruments are used to grasp, twist and tear the baby’s body into pieces, which are then removed from the womb.
• Saline abortion: Salt water is injected into the womb through the mother’s abdomen. The unborn baby swallows this fluid, is poisoned and dies in a process that sometimes takes 24 hours. The toxic saline solution causes severe burns over the unborn child’s entire body.
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