Why We Need Abortion Essay

2838 WordsDec 15, 201312 Pages
Murder, the forceful extinguishment of a human life, is arguably one of the most atrocious acts that an individual can commit. Hundreds of thousands of murders are committed every year, and it is nowhere near as controversial as abortion. Some claim abortion is murder; consequently, this opinion has repercussions making it much more controversial. While abortion is open to interpretation, it should not so easily be written off as murder. Because the truth is, abortion should be a choice put up to the person whose body it is. In all cases this is the woman, but then the controversy is exacerbated when factoring in the man’s choice, after all he is responsible for the creation of life. There are also religious repercussions where life is seen as sacred and abortion is seen as murder. Although this does not apply to all religions it is a widely shared view and a generalization. Many people who are non-religious think the same way; the ideal of life after death does not exist for them, so if life is taken before it starts then the action is seen as atrocious. Abortion should not be judged so harshly for the facts are that a fetus is not a person, abortion is a completely safe medical procedure, and legislature regarding abortion does not prevent it. Many people believe that life begins at conception; some believe that life begins even before then. Abortion is seen as murder because scientifically “the single-cell human zygote - is biologically an individual, living organism” (all.org). It isn’t exactly a human, but it is a living organism until “It divides and grows bigger and bigger, developing through several stages as an embryo over an 8-week period” (all.org). As an embryo there are significant changes in development, for instance, “Week [7] of pregnancy, the brain, spinal cord, and heart begin to develop” (nlm.nih.gov). At this point many would argue that the

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