There are arguments for both sides of this battle. Being pro-choice means that you are an advocate for legalizing abortion. You believe that women should be allowed the right to choose what they feel is best for them, their life, and their child. Being pro-life means that are you an advocate for making abortions illegal. You believe that, no matter the circumstances, the baby should be chosen over all.
It doesn’t matter if you choose to be pro-life or pro-choice, but it is important to know what you are being an advocate for when you are choosing sides. It is important to be educated on both viewpoints so you are not advocating for something you may not see as right. Before you begin to debate and make arguments, make sure you know the facts.
- Pro lifers believe that abortion is murder. The killing of an innocent human being is wrong, even if they are not yet born. By the US government, unborn babies are considered human being. The Unborn Victims of Violence Act states that under federal law, anybody intentionally killing or attempting to kill and unborn child should be punished.
- Life begins at conception, so unborn babies are human being with a right to human life. This individual has a fundamental right to life, which must be protected.
- Abortion is the killing of a human being, which defies the word of God. The Bible does not draw a distinction between fetuses and babies. By the time a baby is conceived, he or she is recognized by God, as demonstrated in Jeremiah 1:5.
- If a women becomes pregnant, they should accept the responsibility that comes with producing a child. People need to take responsibility for their actions and accept the consequences. The unborn baby should not be punished for the mistake made by the mother and father. If women are unprepared to care for a child, they should at least put them up for adoption.
- Abortion may lead to future medical problems for the mother. A study published by the peer-reviewed International Journal of Epidemiology estimated that about 15% of first-trimester miscarriages are attributed to a prior history of induced abortion, and stated that “Induced abortion by vacuum aspiration is associated with an increased risk of first-trimester miscarriage in the subsequent pregnancy.
- The US Supreme Court has declared abortion to be a “fundamental right” guaranteed by the US Constitution. The landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade, decided on Jan. 22, 1973 in favor of abortion right, remains the law of the land. The 7-2 decision stated that the Constitution gives a “guarantee of certain areas or zones of privacy,” and that “This right of privacy… is broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision weather or not to terminate her pregnancy.”
- Reproductive choice empowers women by giving them control over their own bodies. The choice over when and whether to have children is central to a woman’s independence and ability to determine her future.
- Access to legal, professionally-performed abortions reduces maternal injury and death caused by unsafe, illegal abortions. It was stated that before abortion was legalized, women would frequently try to induce abortions by using coat hangers, knitting needles, or radiator flush, or by going to unsafe “back-alley” abortionists. In 1972, there were 39 maternal deaths from illegal abortions.
- Women who receive abortions are less likely to suffer mental health problems than women denied abortions. A peer-reviewed study comparing the mental health f women who received abortions to women denied abortions found that women who were denied abortions “felt more regret and anger” and “less relief and happiness” than women who had abortions. The same study also found that 95% of women who received abortions “felt it was the right decision” a week after the procedure.
- Abortion gives pregnant women the option to choose not to bring fetuses with profound abnormalities to full term. Some fetuses have such severe disorders that death is guaranteed before or shortly after birth. It would be cruel to force a women to carry fetuses with fatal congenital defects to term. Many couples don’t have the resources, don’t have the emotional stamina, don’t have the family support to raise a child with profound abnormalities, such as Down syndrome.
No matter who you side with, or what you see to be right, that’s your decision. Both views have good points, and they are taking into account either fighting for the mothers rights, or giving an unborn child a voice when they otherwise cannot speak for themselves. There will always be the cases of incest, rape, or health issues that will come into play on deciding if abortion is the better option. Until ever woman is on contraceptives, there are no more rapes, or there are no more incidents of incest, there will always be unwanted pregnancies that exist. Hopefully our society as a whole can eventually move towards eliminating the need for abortions all together.