The Social Conflict of Abortion

By: Jasmine Lastra
Bell: 9

Intro on abortion

Abortion is unlike any other issue debated today. Millions of American
women have aborted a child, and the pain, loss, and emotional need to
justify what was done, both on the part of the mother and on the part of
her loved ones, is strong and deep. This means that, in any debate, you
may face an invisible thumb on the scale so that even the best logic will
fail to persuade.

Pro-life thoughts
1. Abortion Offends God
Abortion is never a mere personal choice but a grave offense against God and His creation. The anti-abortion struggle has
always been a religious battle and foremost in its ranks have been Catholics across the country. This is because Church
teaching on abortion is clear and unequivocal: Abortion is murder. There are no exceptions allowed, no compromises

Mankind must protect life whenever possible
The first and foremost instinct of humans is preservation of life. This begins with self-preservation, and extends to all
humanity through domestic bonds and realization of a like nature. "Pregnancy termination" stops the beating heart of a
growing human being and is in direct contradiction to this most basic premise of human nature.

3. Since life begins at conception, abortion is akin to murder as it is the act of taking human life. Abortion is in direct defiance of
the commonly accepted idea of the sanctity of human life
4. Those who choose abortions are often minors or young women with insufficient life experience to understand fully what they
are doing. Many have lifelong regrets afterwards.

Pro- Choice Thoughts

Reproductive choice empowers women by giving them control over their own bodies. The choice over
when and whether to have children is central to a woman's independence and ability to determine her

Fetuses are incapable of feeling pain when most abortions are performed


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