First, a necessary caveat: As in other areas related to , I do think the pro-choice side tends to underestimate just how much non-governmental work people with pro-life convictions really do that supports mothers and families (and promotes adoption), how much they give and volunteer, and how big a difference it actually makes.
4. Poverty. Six in ten women who have abortions are already mothers. More than 40 percent are poor, and many more are on the edge. Maybe some of them would have the baby if they had more support: healthcare, daycare, housing, jobs—and protection from job discrimination for pregnant women and mothers. Charity can’t begin to supply all these needs, and the antiabortion movement is firmly allied with the Republican Party, which cuts social programs wherever it can. What do you offer to women who want to end a pregnancy because they can’t support another child?
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Abortion cannot be absolutely prevented, no. But there are good reasons to think that restrictions and bans do, in fact, reduce the abortion rate much more substantially than you suggest. The comparison you make to Brazil, like , actually tells us very little about what abortion restrictions would look like in a society like the United States. (Brazil’s murder rate is more than five times as high as ours, but that doesn’t prove that laws against homicide can’t reduce murder rates.) As many times before, if you compare like to like — wealthy countries to wealthy countries, U.S. states to U.S. states — there’s plenty of evidence that abortion restrictions do, in fact, lead to considerably lower abortion rates overall. To take only the most obvious example: the country with the second-lowest abortion rate in Europe is Ireland, which has an outright ban, and that low rate includes the Irish women who go the United Kingdom or elsewhere in Europe for abortions; even then, the Irish abortion rate is one-fifth the rate in Sweden, and one-fourth the rate in the U.K.
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#1. That argument begs the question - is it ok for society to sanction child-murder just because some people might do it anyway? Should we legalize rape so the government can make it safer and cleaner? Should we legalize the underground trade in sex slaves to regulate and make it safer?
#2. That is a myth concocted by the abortion industry. Before its legalization, most illegal abortions were already committed in doctor's offices by physicians. Dr. Bernard Nathanson, the co-founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), admits that he and other abortion industry leaders figures to make the claim that "thousands of women are dying annually from unsafe abortions." They did this in order to win public sympathy for legalization.
#3. It's possible that more women are dying today as a result of legal abortion than were dying before its legalization in 1969. Abortion surgery and abortifacient pills like RU-486 do sometimes result in death from continued bleeding or infection. Studies also show a correlation between abortion-choice and suicide. Want to keep women from dying? End the abortion culture and support your neighbour through her pregnancy.
Abortion - Pro Life vs. Pro Choice Essay - 3265 Words
But I suppose I would put the question back to you: After the Obamacare mandate, what is the next pro-contraception step on your preferred agenda?
The Ethics of Abortion Pro-Life vs
Pro-life answer: #1. The Supreme Court has said that the death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment for rapists and that rapists don’t deserve the death penalty. I don’t think the innocent child conceived in rape deserves the death penalty for the crimes of her father. It seems to me that is cruel and unusual punishment.
#2. Rape victims are 4 times more likely to die within the next year after the abortion, with a higher rate of suicide, murder, drug overdose, etc.. As someone who really cares about rape victims, I want to protect them from the rapist, and from the abortion. A baby is not the worst thing that could ever happen to a rape victim — an abortion is. We need to educate the public on the truth in this matter and not make public policy based on myth and misinformation.
#3. Rape victims choose abortion at half the rate of the average unplanned pregnancy, which is over 50%. Only 15-25% of rape victims choose abortion, depending on the study. The majority of rape victims choose to raise her child — not “the rapist’s baby” — HER child.