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Abortion: A Womans Right To Reproductive Freedom

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A woman’s Right to Reproductive Freedom

“One of the things that makes humans different from other animals is that we are not completely governed by instincts, but have the freedom to make choices” (CCC 9).
By nature Humans tend to take different stands in matters that require personal opinions. The controversy of opposite and conflicting feelings about abortion is centuries old. The word “murder” is often used by many pro-lifers to describe abortion. The American Heritage College dictionary defines murder as- premeditated, unlawful killing of one human being by another. But when pro-choice activists support abortions due to unwanted pregnancies, the activists are not rallying behind the idea of sexual incompetence. Rather, they are supporting the idea that women have the right to choose what to do with their own bodies, especially when certain situations such as congenital defects, rape, and financial situation are justifiable reasons for the act.
Anti-abortionists have numerous reasons for their beliefs, many of which are attached to their religious ideals, defending the sanctity of human life. They believe that human life commences at conception and that the death of that fetus resembles the murder of an innocent human being. They believe that no one has the power to take command of another’s life, mainly an infant that is dependent on others for survival during the initial stages of life. In addition to the fact that abortions kill human beings, anti-abortionists believe that they also damage the mental, as well as physical condition of the mother. Since, after an abortion a mother is more susceptible to breast cancer and to periods of depression (Roleff 141-165). In the case of congenital defects, the pro-life activists argue that such indications of disease, do not guarantee that the child will be born into a life of suffering. They believe that through love, and guidance anyone with any form of defo...

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