abortion research paper.

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The Argument Against Abortion Abortion is claimed to be “a safe and legal way to end pregnancy” (Planned Parenthood.) However, abortion is defined, by Charles Coppens, as “the loss of a fetal life.” It is difficult to believe that the loss of a life is safe or legal. In fact, abortion is one of the horrid atrocities that continuously and frequently occurs in our world today, killing more and more unborn babies as time goes by. It should be illegal because it causes psychological and physical damage to the mother and her spouse, is immoral, and takes away the unborn child’s human rights. Losing a child, through miscarriage or delivery complications, is always a devastating occurrence for the parents to be. Therefore, it is baffling that some do not realize how abortion can be just as devastating. The suicide rate is 6 times higher for women who have had abortions as compared to women who have delivered their babies. It was also found that many husbands of women who have had abortions also dealt with psychological problems. In 1998, the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology published a study of men who are married to women that have had abortions and reported that 51.6% felt regret, 45.2% felt sadness, and 25.8% experience depression. Aside from the psychological damage, there are a number of detrimental physical effects that are results of abortion. To name a few effects: women with a history of just one abortion face a 2.3 times higher risk of having cervical cancer, compared to women with no history of abortion (Elliot Institute); abortion damages the uterus and increases the risk of abnormal placental development, and abortion increases the risk of numerous reproductive complications which can lead to handicap newborns in later pregnancies. Abortion is the killing of an unborn baby. In fact, it is murder which goes against the the Catholic teaching and fifth commandment, “Thou shall not kill.” If people truly believe that abortion is moral, then they must believe murder is too. However, everyone knows what an absurd statement that is. Murder is clearly immoral, which makes abortion immoral too. The Tribunal of the Holy Office has decreed that “it cannot be safely taught in Catholic schools that it is lawful to perform ... any surgical operation which is directly destructive of the life of the fetus or mother” (Coppens). It is also taught evil cannot be done to something if good will come out of it. Therefore, knowing a child is always good, this proves that abortion is evil. According to The Declaration of Independence, “All men are created equal, they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Abortion contradicts this statement because all people “have a fundamental right to life, which should must be protected” (ProCon.org). By a mother deciding to have an abortion, she is talking away the child’s right to life. It has been said that a child is not an individual human being until after birth, but at the moment of conception and embryonic child begins his or her distinct human life. As an embryo, children being self-evolution, which is defined as the evolution of one’s self. This definition proves that an embryo is a child that uses the womb to evolve and the placenta for nutrition until it is mature enough to live a separate life. On the contrary, many people argue that abortion should remain legal for a number of reasons. Each of these reasons, however, can be easily refuted using logic and facts. Many pro-choice people say that modern procedures are safe and about 47,000 women die yearly from unsafe abortions. Meanwhile, a larger number of unborn children are killed each year through abortion. They also argue that contraceptives are not always readily available (Procon.org); therefore, saying abortion is necessary. Nevertheless, there are ways to avoid unwanted pregnancies. Married couples can use natural family planning