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Abortion Essay

1580 words - 7 pages

Running Head: ABORTION

Victoria Jones
Political Science 332
DeVry University
Professor Izquierdo
August 3, 2011

Before choosing abortion as my subject, I honestly didn’t know what I wanted to talk about for this assignment. Politics isn’t one of my favorite subjects because I am disinterested as soon as I research any political issue; on the other hand because of personal experiences, abortion is what struck out to me the most.
At 17 I had an abortion and not only me, but three of my other friends as well. All throughout my senior year in high school, there were more classmates either having babies or abortions. It became an epidemic in my neighborhood. For my final ...view middle of the document...

As a soon to be young mother, I was faced with a tough decision in life. Although I ultimately had the abortion I really didn’t want to give up my child; no mother wants to. At first I was going to give birth to my child especially since my mother kept reminding me of the time she didn’t have that abortion on me. Despite of the motherly motivation, I still just wasn’t ready for the major responsibilities of what it’s like to be a mother in the real world. I took the hardest easiest way out but I learned about the importance of making wiser decisions, morality on children’s lives, and how to look at the bigger picture.
Then I questioned myself and my generation. What is pro-life? What is pro-choice? What should we choose to be? When should the choice be made? Are our reasons simply excuses? Should the choice be whether to have an abortion or not? The real question is should the choice be whether to have unprotected sex or not? Last but not least, how does abortion affect our community?
Pro-life means “for” life, against abortion, indicating that abortion is a form a murder and is demeaning for the value of human life. According to the article about Pro-Life Vs. Pro Choice, to say that someone is "pro-life" is to say that the person believes that the government has an obligation to preserve all human life, regardless of intent, viability, or quality-of-life concerns (Head, 2011). Life begins at conception and it is sacred and must be protected by the government. Pro-life extremist Randall Terry, 2012 Democratic presidential candidate, has been arrested over 50 times for pro-life protests at Planned Parenthoods and other abortion clinics fighting for the lives of the unborn creatures. He believes that there is little difference in killing a living, breathing person and terminating a week-old pregnancy based upon conception being the initial moment of immortal soul.
After studying Terry’s moral and religious belief on abortion I realized that he makes a valuable point. God creates babies for a reason. No matter how the baby was conceived it was created under God’s special hand. Then we go against His plans by aborting it, making it no longer exist. A real mother never wants to give up her baby no matter the circumstances but what if circumstances were worth more than the baby?
Pro-choice is the belief that women entitled to have abortions as their own right. The movement argues that in cases human personhood cannot be proven, the government does not have the right to impede a woman's right to decide whether or not to continue a pregnancy (Head, 2011). Believers impose that life begins at birth and ultimately it is up to the woman as to whether she wants to have a full term pregnancy or not. Depending on the situation, it might be better off for the woman to have an abortion. According to a study on abortions by the Guttmacher Institute, 68% of women who have abortions say that they cannot afford a child while 38% are young...

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