Abortion is a practice that goes back at least as far as recorded history. The Chinese performed abortions with toxic herbs some 4,700 years ago, and the 3,500-year-old Eber's Papyrus tells us that the Ancient Egyptians were no strangers to family planning. Even the Bible takes a pretty strong stance on the matter.
Abortion and religion have long been hotly debated topics, especially when politicians are involved. When it comes down to it, however, abortion is murder, and should be banned in the United States.Check out this list, and its companion, Every Compelling Argument for Why Pro-Choice Is Right, to get informed opinions about the abortion debate. Vote up the reasons why abortions should be banned immediately below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.
The Adoption Option
Obviously, the first and foremost option for many considering abortion would be adopting the child out as soon as it is born. On average, about 100,000 children are adopted every year in America alone; currently, that's a little less than ten percent of the number who are aborted.Worldwide, the demand for adoptions well exceeds the number of abortions performed in the United States every year. Meaning, if foreign adoption is an option, literally no American woman would ever have to raise a child she didn't want.
Stage of Development Does Not Define Personhood
From the moment we are conceived to the moment we die, we're all in some stage of development. True, we're only actively "growing" until the end of puberty, but even then we're still developing into the next form.
Being in an earlier form of development doesn't alter one's personhood. If you're a human when you're 60, then you were one at 40, 25, 15, 10, 5 years old, one month old, one day old, and the day before you were born.
You were a person a month before that, and six months before that, and all the way back to the day your cells began dividing. Any line of "personhood" drawn at any stage of development from the first cell division is completely arbitrary.
DNA Says: A Fetus Is Not "Part of the Mother"
In any court of law, identity is fairly easily established by DNA. If one person has different DNA than another, then they are a separate person. The fact that a fetus has different DNA from its mother definitively establishes it as a completely separate person.
If it truly were "a part of the mother's body," then it would have its mother's DNA. Put it this way: If that fetus escaped and committed a crime, and left DNA evidence on the scene, it wouldn't be the mother going to jail. Ergo, by our own legal definition, they are separate people.
Nobody LIKES Abortion
All right, yes - there is a somewhat fringe contingent of people on the Pro-Choice side who are literally enthusiastic about abortion. Those people do exist, and the fact that they tend to be very vocal makes them seem large in number. But the reality is that there's a world of difference between Pro-Choice and Pro-Abortion.
Pro-Abortion (or more accurately, Anti-Baby) people are the extremist 5% of Pro-Choice advocates. For most, Pro-Choice is about giving women the option to chose what they see as the lesser of two evils. It's not that most women want to get abortions - it's that they feel forced to by their circumstances. They might tell themselves what they have to to sleep at night, but at the end of the day, 95% of Pro-Choice advocates don't like abortion as a practice any more than you do.Ultimately, this may be the best argument of all...because it's starting from a point of agreement. Use your best arguments to find common solutions -- but never forget that most Pro-Choice advocates are people doing what they believe to be necessary, just like you.