Abortion Pros and Cons
Below are ten "reasons" given by the Pro-Death side of the issue and show that instead of supporting or justifying the killing of innocent life, these reasons, when truthfully presented, are 10 powerful arguments against abortion...just like the first list of ten. The pros are listed followed by the cons.
Pro-Choice (Or pro death reasons that abortion is right)
1. Nearly all abortions take place in the first trimester, when a fetus cannot exist independent of the mother. As it is attached by the placenta and umbilical cord, its health is dependent on her health, and cannot be regarded as a separate entity as it cannot exist outside her womb.
The truth: Even after a baby (not a fetus) is born he or she is not able to exist independent of the mother or someone to meet the basic needs of food, shelter and protection from the many dangers of living outside the womb. Dependence on another is not a reason to kill the helpless.
2. The concept of personhood is different from the concept of human life. Human life occurs at conception, but fertilized eggs used for in vitro fertilization are also human lives and those not implanted are routinely thrown away. Is this murder, and if not, then how is abortion murder?
The truth: Yes it is murder! The unlawful taking of a human life is murder and since "reason" number 2 agrees that life begins at conception, this is a pro life argument against abortion.
3. Adoption is not an alternative to abortion, because it remains the woman's choice whether or not to give her child up for adoption. Statistics show that very few women who give birth choose to give up their babies - less than 3% of white unmarried women and less than 2% of black unmarried women.
The truth: The fact that it remains the mother's choice to keep her baby, and most do, does nothing to justify the continued killing of innocent life in the womb. The fact that most mothers keep their babies is strong evidence that the God-given natural affection for her baby urges her to keep and raise her child.....another argument Against Abortion!
4. Abortion is a safe medical procedure. The vast majority of women - 88% - who have an abortion do so in their first trimester. Medical abortions have less than 0.5% risk of serious complications and do not affect a woman's health or future ability to become pregnant or give birth.
The Truth: The fact is, although abortion is said to be legal by our corrupt judicial system, it is not safe and easy and certainly not without very serious harmful and long lasting physical, emotional, psychological, as well as spiritual consequences. "Reason" number 4 is full of outright lies which are obvious to anyone who does even a little research. The world is full of women who regret their abortion, a lot of guilt and bad emotions.
5. In the case of rape or incest, forcing a woman made pregnant by this violent act would cause further psychological harm to the victim. Often a woman is too afraid to speak up or is unaware she is pregnant, thus the morning after pill is ineffective in these situations.
The Truth: This lame "reason" is predicated on the premise that the victim of rape can kill an innocent baby. Abortion in the case of rape is at the expense of the emotional, physical and mental stability of thousands of women, as well as the lives of children. Rape is a horrendous crime that leaves a woman in a state of mental, physical and emotional turmoil. When a woman becomes pregnant as a result of rape (which happens less than 1 per cent of the time), abortion will not take away the trauma, the nightmares, the pain---it will only ad to them!
6. Abortion is not used as a form of contraception. Pregnancy can occur even with responsible contraceptive use. Only 8% of women who have abortions do not use any form of birth control, and that is due more to individual carelessness than to the availability of abortion.
The Truth: Abortion certainly is used after conception so technically it is not contraceptive, but that is totally beside the point. most abortions are performed for "contraceptive purposes". That is, few abortions are had because a woman has been a victim of rape or incest or because a pregnancy would endanger her life, or because she expects to have a handicapped or deformed newborn rather, most abortions are had because men and women who do not want to have a baby are having sexual intercourse and facing pregnancies they did not plan for and did not want. because their contraceptive failed, or because they failed to use a contraceptive, they then resort to abortion as a backup. Again this "reason" is instead a powerful argument against abortion...the murdering of innocent life for "contraceptive purposes".
7. The ability of a woman to have control of her body is critical to civil rights. Take away her reproductive choice and you step onto a slippery slope. If the government can force a woman to continue a pregnancy, what about forcing a woman to use contraception or undergo sterilization?
The truth: The baby in the womb is not "her body", it is a separate human life (see pro death reason #2) protected by God's law and the constitution of the United States. Our government not only has the right, but the duty to prevent the murder of helpless innocent babies in the womb.
8. Taxpayer dollars are used to enable poor women to access the same medical services as rich women, and abortion is one of these services. Funding abortion is no different from funding a war in the Mideast. For those who are opposed, the place to express outrage is in the voting booth.
The truth: The fact that rich women have the money to pay for killing their babies does not in any way justify giving poor women the means to also kill their babies. Is it not ironic that funding abortion is compared to funding an unjust war to kill innocent (enemy?) men, women and children?
9.Teenagers who become mothers have grim prospects for the future. They are much more likely to leave of school; receive inadequate prenatal care; rely on public assistance to raise a child; develop health problems; or end up divorced.
The truth: Teenagers who become mothers do not have grim prospects for the future. This is a lie and completely ignores the fact that there are a multitude of ministries and organizations who are willing, ready and able to provide assistance to them and their baby. There is also adoption. When presented with the three options, motherhood, adoption or abortion in a factual manner, many women would choose life for their baby, not death.
10. Like any other difficult situation, abortion creates stress. Yet the American Psychological Association found that stress was greatest prior to an abortion, and that there was no evidence of post-abortion syndrome.
The truth: Hitler said that if you tell a lie often enough, loud enough and long enough, people will believe it. This seems to be the tactic used by the pro death crowd, particularly in these "reasons" for abortion. One common way to lie is to withhold the complete details. In 2007 over 2000 women testified in affidavits read by the us supreme court. Their testimony concerned the reality of post abortion stress syndrome. Their powerful stories of how they suffered and still suffer as a consequence of aborting their baby moved the court to rule as follows.
The court explicitly acknowledged that "it seems unexceptionable to conclude some women come to regret their choice to abort the infant life they once created and sustained." It ruled that "severe depression and loss of esteem can follow." Given those stakes, the court ruled: "The state has an interest in ensuring so grave a choice is well-informed."
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The above facts simply point that abortions violate the commandment, "Thou shalt not kill". While the pros can present a logical case, the simple fact of the murder involved over rides all logic and convenience of terminating the pregnancy through abortion.
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