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Is abortion wrong?

Pro-life advocates say abortion is immoral because it ends a human life. They say the potential for life is a sacred thing that must be protected at all costs. Pro-choice advocates say just because a fetus has the potential for life doesn't mean it has the same rights as a living person. More importantly, no one has the right to tell a woman what she can or can't do with her body, and forcing women to have children they don't want or can't care for is the real immorality. What do you think? 

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It all depends on when you believe life begins. If you think an embryo or fetus is a human life, shouldn't that human receive the full rights enjoyed by all people? The pro-life argument rejects that there is a difference between the potential for life and actually living. The two are one and the same. So if we think life begins at conception, then the moral charge is to preserve that life and give it every chance possible to develop. 

When people say the unborn is “not a person” or “not a life” they mean that it has not yet grown or gained abilities that arrive later in life. But there’s no agreement about which abilities should be determinative. Pro-choice people don’t even agree with each other. Obviously, law cannot be based on such subjective criteria. If it’s a case where the question is “Can I kill this?” the answer must be based on objective medical and scientific data. And the fact is, an unborn child, from the very first moment, is a new human individual. It has the three essential characteristics that make it “a human life”: It’s alive and growing, it is composed entirely of human cells, and it has unique DNA. It’s a person, just like the rest of us.

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Many religious communities oppose abortion and argue that since we don't know exactly when life begins, we must err on the side of protecting potential life.

“You might be surprised to know that the Catholic Church has never dogmatically defined when life begins,” said Daniel Sulmasy, a Catholic bioethicist and director of the Program on Medicine and Religion at the University of Chicago. “Instead, there is a recognition that there is unfolding developmental potential in embryo, from unification between the sperm and egg to birth. There is no defined moment of ensoulment. But we know the potential of human life is there from conception so believe we ought to be cautious and not interfere.” To him, this teaching holds true even if the fetus has no chance of survival. “Our advice would be to let a natural miscarriage happen or carry the fetus to term. And if the fetus is too sick to live on its own, it can be allowed to die.”
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Pro-choice advocates say there is nothing morally wrong with abortion. In fact, it can be the most humane choice for all involved. 

Denying a woman the ability to make decisions about her body and pregnancy because we are privileging a potential life's rights over hers is wrong. People have the right to make their own choices about their own body. We all have opinions about what is right and wrong about abortion. That's fine. The difference is when we are making collective decisions as a society. Putting up bans and restrictions means we are taking the fundamental right to choose away from women. Do we really want the government to decide what we can and can't do with our bodies?

Protecting a potential life should not trump the rights of existing lives. The potential for life is just that—potential. It is something to be valued and protected, but not at the expense of an existing life.

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Reproductive justice advocates argue we need to live in reality, and we already have the data that shows what happens when abortion is banned. Banning abortion will not make it go away—it just causes law enforcement to target poor, marginalized women, and that is what is truly immoral. Being pro-birth is not the same as being pro-life.

Abortions rates are driven not by legality but by economics. Half of the abortions in the United States take place among women below the federal poverty line.People of good faith on both sides of the abortion war know that the best way to lower abortion rates is to deal with what causes women to want to abort in the first place. Rather than ending abortion, criminalizing abortion will merely create new ways in which the state can intensify the misery of the poorest among us.
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