Pro-life advocates argue that a fetus is alive at conception, and therefore should be entitled to the same protections as any other living person- guaranteeing government protections of these “unborn children”. Pro-life advocates argue that a fetus has many of the characteristics of being alive. They have electrical activity in the brain and a heartbeat and that it is alive in a legal sense, and deserves protection.
Even though the fetus shows some characteristics of being alive, and might even be alive, it is certainly not aware of its “live” status in any meaningful sense. Therefore, terminating a pregnancy in its early stages can hardly be considered cruel- the fetus is entirely unaware of its environment. At least within the first trimester, a fetus could not feel anything, and thus wouldn’t suffer any pain or fear in the event of being aborted. Morally and ethically, arguing that a woman should have the right to kill an unborn baby because she has decided that she doesn’t want to be a parent for whatever reason is simply not acceptable. Many women who seek abortions do so because they’ve made the choice to have sex, and then later regret the consequences of their choices- this should not be allowed.
Despite the fact that some people unfortunately use abortion as an alternative to birth control, it does not mean that people should not have that right. Many people abort their children for sound reasons, having to do with the health of the mother, the health problems of the unborn fetus, or family dynamics. Young girls- children themselves- should not be forced to carry a child to term because they made a bad choice, nor should victims of rape or incest be forced to have babies that they neither wanted nor consented to. Pro-choice agree that pro-abortion is inaccurate, as it implies favoring abortion over childbirth. We support reproductive freedom, which means that an individual woman should be able to make her own choice. Women should have the absolute final say as to what happens to their own bodies. In a few known other circumstances does the government insist that you undertake a risky, body-altering medical procedure without having committed some serious crime? Men, who have no personal experience with abortion at all, should not be allowed to make these sorts of decisions for the women who must live or die with the consequences.
Even though there are alternatives to abortion, pregnancy will always represent some risk to the mother, and thus cannot be said to be risk-free to the mother. Few mothers die in childbirth in modern nations, but it does still happen. Many children placed into orphanages are never adopted; no mother that is going to give up her child wants them to never have parents or live in an orphanage. They want their children to be loved and nurtured. Many children who live in homes where their parents were forced to have them are abused, and live miserable lives. The government should not be able to legislate morality to the people, as this represents a violation of the First Amendment guarantee of the separation of church and state. The First Amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free…