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People will have abortions whether or not it is legal. If abortion is legal, people can get them done in a safe manner.
We should give priority to the well-being of a conscious, sentient person (the woman, the couple) rather than to an unconscious being, who does not feel or know what is happening.
A fetus is a human being and is entitled to the right to life. The only differences between a fetus and a baby are:
2. Level of dependence
Who is to control what a woman can/cannot do with her body?
Making abortion illegal means depriving pregnant women of bodily autonomy. For example, carrying a pregnancy to term is 14 times more likely to end in a woman's death than receiving a legal abortion. Making abortion illegal forces women to assume that risk against their will.
To qualify as human, requires a functional neural system. This happens at 5 months. Before then, the embryo is not an actual human being.
Cheek cells are potential humans.
Potential humans are not the same as a actual human being.
Abortion is not murder before 5 Months and is legal.
Saying abortion is a matter of conflict of rights (woman's body x soon-to-be new person's body with 50% of DNA not belonging to the woman) is to conveniently forget that adoption is legal. There is no such thing as a conflict of rights when there is at least one option which avoids it.
laws exist to define rights connected to duties, following an isonomy principle. Thus:
1) once abortion is legal, it can't be legal to force a man to take responsability for his child (isonomy)
2) what duties correspond to the right of choosing an abortion? Proving the use of contraception?
There are roughly 700,000 abortions in the US per year, worldwide there are as many as 60million. If there is even a 1% chance that a fetus has human-level moral worth, OR that a fetus has 1% of an adult's moral worth, legal abortion allows 600,000 "morally-as-bad-as-murder" acts per year worldwide.
The harm of abortion outweighs the benefit.
Image you get pregnant after beeing raped. Everytime you see "your child", it will remember you.
It is not (in the U.S., where I live). And that is a good thing.
If abortion is made illegal than some women could resort to unsafe measures to abort that could harm both her and the zygote
We have to control population.
The best way to prevent abortion is by providing proper natal care, day care, maternal leave and health care for expectant mothers. Making it so that pregnancy isn't a financial and social death sentence is the best prevention for abortion.
I'm actually ok with it.
The cost to society of an unwanted child is much greater than the cost to society of a single abortion. And the people who oppose abortions are usually against the idea of having to pay for anything in society in the first place.
OP's mom would have had an abortion if it was easily available when she was pregnant with OP.
Abortion is a type of murder, which is illegal.