Abortion Is Not Bad Essay, Research Paper
Abortion is not bad, rather it is your logic and argumentation that is lacking in ability and understanding. First, you argue that the presence of a beating heart alone necessarily qualifies a fetus as being a living human being that is entitles to a right to life. While on its face this argument may initially appear compelling, it is profoundly lacking in scientific substantiation. A fetus during the first trimester of development may have a small impulse that resembles a heart beat, but it completely lacks both a brain and a central nervous system. In fact, a spider or a fly is much more developed (and has the capacity to feel more pain) than a fetus early on in the second trimester of a pregnancy. Any person who occasionally squashes an insect or eats meat is causing much more pain to living beings than a woman who chooses to terminate her pregnancy. If the presence of a heart-beat is the relevant issue concerning early abortion, then we would surely be hypocritical to continue to kill animals (like cows, pigs, and chickens) who have hearts that are much more developed than that of a young fetus. Without a brain or a nervous system, a fetus is little more than a lump of cells that cannot yet function together. Indeed, a fetus is little more than an individual egg or even an individual sperm…while there is certainly the potential for life, life has not yet developed…thoughts cannot occur, pain cannot be felt…From a purely biological standpoint, your argument is unfounded.
A beating heart is something that all mammalian fetuses develop as they grow within their mother’s womb. However, a beating heart does not qualify a fetus as being an independent living creature whose existence takes precedence over the physical and emotional health of the women (in whose womb it temporarily resides). To give the mere preservation of a fetus precedence over the physical and emotional health of the woman is both narrow minded and cruel. To deny a woman the right to terminate her pregnancy is akin to robbing her of any ability to make decisions about her body, her self, and her future. The woman is effectively forced, against her will, to assume an identity and a future that she normally would have avoided. This type of coersion can permanently damage a persons emotional and psychological health. The one thing that makes each of us an individual is our decision making freedom and powers regarding our own future and actions. But when we are robbed of our ability to make our own decisions about our future, our self, and our identity, then we are robbed of our most essential and valuable treasure…our self. If a woman wishes to obtain an early term abortion…to terminate a pregnancy…then she must be allowed to choose this option. If she id denied an abortion, then both her and the future child will suffer tremendously. Please stop viewing abortion as something that you should have sole control over. A person’s body is their own, not yours. It is threatening and invasive when others attempt to direct the lives of their peers. Rather supporting the tyrannical idea of forced childbirth, perhaps you ought to consider the more moderate concept that all people should be able to choose the future of their bodies and reproductive functions. I advocate neither abortion nor childbirth, rather I simply defend the right of a woman to choose…to make her own decision about her body and her future. Sex, birth control, pregnancy, abortion, and childbirth are all sensitive and complex issues. One must see people dealing with such dilemmas as being human beings that are confronted with life-changing decisions and experiences. To write pregnancy off as a single option state, is to completely ignore the individual reproductive burden of the woman…and to classify childbirth as a duty rather than a life decision. Unfortunately, this approach makes women slaves to their own sexuality and reproductive functions. I ask men to imagine their lives being shattered by the realization that, during the next nine months, they were going to almost double in size, face extremely exaggerated health risks and possible death, be compelled to take significant time off of school or work, and probably delay further advancement and ambition for the role of mother. While many women ultimately do choose to follow through with their pregnancy, it is important for men to note the way it might feel to be forced into such a cataclysmic role. Any man that is sexually active, should strongly support a woman’s right to choose. Likewise, any woman who would probably not choose to have an abortion herself, should nevertheless support the right of other women, who are different from herself, to make their own crucial life decisions about their futures. Good luck to all women out there that currently face an unplanned pregnancy; Make the right decision for you…not for others. Only you know what is best for you.