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The topic of abortion is very controversial, but nothing has ever been learned by avoiding
tough subjects. What are your views on abortion? Under what circumstances, if any, would you
consider it? If you were a lawmaker, what would be your stand on this issue? (*In India, boys
are valued more than girls and amniocentesis has become widespread. In one province, only one
in thousands of abortions following: amniocentesis was that of a male fetus, the rest were
females. How do you feel about abortion as a tool for gender selection? Suppose that one of the
female fetuses in the previous example was also identified as having suffered severe mental and
physical damage to the point that, after birth, the resulting child would mentally and physically
be unable to care for itself. Would this information influence (change) your decision?)
Abortion is a very controversial topic, and views have changed over the last twenty years.
For myself, I don't believe in abortion under any circumstance. As I have thought more about
this, I understand that there are so many other options that can happen besides going through
with an abortion, which can give a helpless baby a chance at life. More than 40% of all women
will end a pregnancy by abortion at some time in their reproductive lives. (Emedicine health,
2015) I never knew that the percentage was so high, for women terminating pregnancy, seeing
that number was very eye opening. I was reading on this website about things people who are
pot-life have said, and this is one that I have never thought of before. No civilized society
permits one human to intentionally harm or take the life of another human without punishment,
and abortion is no different.(Linda Lowen, People get in trouble, and usually face
punishment for abuse, assault and other forms of violence, but hurting and killing a baby just
goes without anything? I guess everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, but thinking of it
in that way changed my way of thinking.
Being a lawmaker, and having to take a stance would be a hard place to be in. I think that
personal beliefs would have to be put aside, to realize that things such as rape, or medical issues
could arise, and you don't know what others are feeling in a sheer moment of fear, hurt, or any of
the other emotions going on in someones head. I do understand that lawmakers have to go
through all of the motions and think of being placed in someone else's shoes.
Abortion is used in some countries as a type of gender selection, is an awful thought; A
baby losing life because a parent wanted the opposite gender, is sickening. Parents who are
planning these pregnancies and then having a get out of jail free card is where the line should
be drawn with abortion. This evil practice has now allowed thousands of little girls in America
and millions of little girls across the world to be brutally dismembered. (Jim Abrahams,
Huffington Post, 2012) Anytime there is an abortion, the unborn fetus goes through a painful
death and suffering that they never signed up to be apart of.
Arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet, toes, and eyes are almost fully developed at 12 weeks.
At 15 weeks, the fetus has a strong heartbeat, fair digestion, and active muscles. Most bones are
developed by then, and the eyebrows appear.(Strong and Cohen, 2014, p. 542) How crazy that
even that far along, someone would want to harm the unborn fetus that is so far developed.

Sometimes things don't go as planned, and the baby survives the unthinkable. They then are born
with some mental and physical challenges. Reading articles, and from the textbook about the
fetus development, and things that go wrong definitely makes me think deeper about my stance
on abortion. I said from the beginning that I do not believe in abortion, and still my beliefs of
abortion stand strong, especially after reading things about the terrible things the unborn child
has to suffer more than they ever should.

Works Cited
Goldberg, Adam. "Sex-Selection Abortion Ban Faces House Vote." The Huffington Post., 31 May 2012. Web. 11 Sept. 2015.

Lowen, Linda. "10 Arguments Against Abortion, 10 Arguments For Abortion." Web. 11 Sept.
Strong, B and Cohen, T.F. (2014) The Marriage and Family Experience: intimate
relationships in a changing society (12th ed.) Belmont, CA: Wadsworth
Trupin, Suzanne. "Abortion: Get Facts About the Procedure and Statistics." EMedicineHealth.
Web. 11 Sept. 2015.

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