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Abortion And Murder

On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court, in two separate decisions, Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, declared that Congress and the states had to adopt a policy on abortion. Since then, abortion has been one of the most controversial issues in our country today. Every time the subject of abortion is raised, the same question always comes up: should people have the right to terminate an unborn child? The answer is no. No person should have the right to terminate an unborn child which has not yet had the chance to live, no matter what the reason is. Abortion is the termination of an alive, unborn child, which can experience pain through the process of an abortion. There is no need to have an abortion when these children could be put up for adoption instead of being Ñ"±aborted.Ñ"o Abortion is the termination of alive, unborn children. How can a person decide just when an unborn fetus becomes a person with constitutional rights. Many people disagree when a fetus becomes an actual person, but the truth is that a fetus becomes a person at the time of conception. An article entitled Ñ"±Pro-lofe and pro-choice? YesÑ"o says that, Ñ"±From the moment of conception, the fetus is endowed with all the genetic information that will enable its development into a full human personÑ"o (Church 108). Technology has advanced very much in the past twenty years and now with the aid of medical technology and the science of fetology, doctors can prove that a fetus is an actual person as early as thirteen weeks of growth (Meyer 62-64). These facts only help to prove that a fetus is an actual person, who deserves the chance to be born. Contrary to belief, a fetus can actually feel pain. The observation of abortions on ultrasound have been very disturbing. So disturbing, that many abortion doctors who have seen the procedure, refuse to participate in abortions again (Meyer 62-64). An article entitled Ñ"±Fetal positions: Making Abortion rareÑ"o reports that, Ñ"±Bernard Nathanson, a former director of the National Abortion Rights Action League, who performed thousands of abortions, repudiated the practice in the early 1980's after observing the apparent agony of a fetus subjected to a suction-tip abortionÑ"o (Meyer 62-64). Modern neurology supports the claim that the fetus can experience pain, not just reflex. Reflexive reactions stimulate only the spinal column, but the more complex reactions that stimulate pain occur in the tiny portion of the brain called the thalamus. Neurologists can detect the thalamus and the central-nervous-system functions in the human fetus as early as the eighth week of growth (Meyer 62-64). So, how can people justify abortion by saying that a fetus is not a person until the time of birth? There are currently one million five hundred thousand parents who are waiting to adopt a child. These parents could give unwanted children love and a place in which to grow up. Every year, nearly one million six hundred thousand unborn children are aborted. According to the article Ñ"±Fetal positions: Making abortin rareÑ"o, Ñ"±Women wanting to rid themselves of viable infants can generally do so as easily by delivering them and then turning them over to adoptive parents as by aborting themÑ"o (Meyer 62-64). These unwanted children would be given to someone who would care for them as their own, and the mothers of these unborn children would not have to worry about the responsibility of raising them. Everyone would come out ahead, especially the unborn child. Abortionists claim that unborn children are not human people. The article Ñ"±Pro-life and pro-choice? YesÑ"o claims that, Ñ"±A potential human person is not yet an actual human person. Thus abortion, if repellent, is not exactly murderÑ"o (Church 108). But on what possible justification can there be for the termination of a seven month old unborn child, when heroic medical



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