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Is abortion justifiable?

i Trevor Cartwright
Category: Politics
Date: 21/03/2013
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Abortion is one of the most controversial political topics. One side's rally cry is, "Human liberty!" while the other's is "Women's rights!" Which side has the better argument?

posted by Trevor Cartwright | suggest edit

Yes

Yes, abortion is justifiable

No

No, abortion is not justifiable

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Abortion is justifiable for a few reasons:

1. A blob of tissue in the mother's womb is not a human. Where is the scientific evidence that suggests that the tissue is human?

2. Women have the right to do what they want with their own bodies. Why should we be able to tell them what to do?

3. A woman should not be legally compelled to give birth to a baby if it is the product of rape or incest. The woman is already suffering, so why should we maximize her misery by forcing her to keep the product of that vile act in her womb for 9 months?

posted by Trevor Cartwright | suggest edit

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If your on this side you are a stupid idiot for supporting murder! A person is a person!

posted by andrewcawthorn | suggest edit

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babies cant feel when they are dead

(-TJ Yurek)

posted by smitty | suggest edit

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@TJ, they are still living!!

posted by nicoletaylor | suggest edit

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If a baby really cannot live on its own in the first trimester, it is technically an extension of the mother. The mother could maybe make bad decisions because she is scared. Imagine if you were 16 and Pregnant. Would you want to waste your life to keep a kid that will probably have a bad life? What if you were pregnant? what if you could not care for it or could not pay for the medical bills. Just something to ponder.

posted by jw9926 | suggest edit

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I do not agree with this side though.

posted by jw9926 | suggest edit

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The problem with this side is the guilt, either way.

posted by jw9926 | suggest edit

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All I ask for is consistency on either side. If a fetus is a living thing (as pro-lifers claim), it is still murder to abort said fetus due to incest or rape. It is not the person of the fetus' fault how he or she was conceived. Most pro-lifers don't even see this inconsistency in their views, and it pisses me off.Not really a pro or con argument, but this column was shorter.

posted by Toby Strauss | suggest edit

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Abortion is definitely justifiable. The baby could harm the mother, the baby could be a sickly baby or it could be a from a rape. The biggest question here is, will you do it, and can you live with the guilt from killing a baby, your baby.

posted by Nomnomnom2111 | suggest edit

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hmmm...womens rights of course...if they bore the child...they have absolute legitimacy in deciding whether they want it or not. religious maniacs shouting no abortion one shouldnt even bother to comment on, and as far as human liberty is concerned...what is a human who has not even seen the light of the day? In pragmatism, only the interests of the living and breathing should be taken into consideration. Not one who might yet be a stillborn

posted by Abhinab Dasgupta | suggest edit

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Abortion has many factors but i believe it is justifiable, to a point. My view is that a woman can do as she pleases up until the fetus reaches a state in which it can be seen as human. Prior to that it is nothing but collective tissue. In the cases of incest and rape it should be completely optional, the woman did not want the kid (or maybe it was a slip if incest) and would be dragged down with having to care for the child; regardless of how many aid you give her. Another point I'd like to say is the steam cells, a set of cells that can be used to heal ANY part of the body because they have no 'job' in the body yet and can be trained, in short a abortion could save someone's life. Now for people who clam adoption... Do you take any thought as to what those kids go through? The mental abuse of not having parents and switching homes? While some might get lucky it's still harmful and could put the kid at risk. My basic line is Have the kid and suffer debt, mental and physical drainage and or put the kid in Foster and have them hurt? OR abort the child while it has no thought or body function and to where you can use it so save a person with liver failure so to say?

posted by JLJshadow | suggest edit

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Abortion is not justifiable for a few reasons:

1. Human life begins at conception.

2. Women have the right to do what they want with their own bodies, but they do not have the right to infringe on the liberty of another human's (the baby) life.

3. Whether a child is a product of normal intercourse, rape, or incest, the way that intercourse is performed is an independent variable that does not change the fact that the baby is indeed human; it is a moot point.

posted by Trevor Cartwright | suggest edit

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Killing a life isnt accepitable in any case at all if they cant support the kid then they should put it up for adoption it just isnt right.

posted by Trevor Barry | suggest edit

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Since life begins at conception, abortion is akin to murder as it is the act of taking human life. Abortion is in direct defiance of the commonly accepted idea of the sanctity of human life

Info from: here

posted by smitty | suggest edit

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No civilized society permits one human to intentionally harm or take the life of another human without punishment, and abortion is no different.

Info from: here

posted by smitty | suggest edit

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Unborn babies are innocent human beings from the moment of conception. They have a fundamental right to life, which must be protected.

posted by Aaliyahjean Villalba | suggest edit

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If you do abortion you are basically killing someone so if anyone does abortion they should be put in jail

posted by Greg Herrero | suggest edit

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Adoption is a viable alternative to abortion and accomplishes the same result. And with 1.5 million American families wanting to adopt a child, there is no such thing as an unwanted child.

posted by joseywhite | suggest edit

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I think that abortion is wrong because no US states allow one to kill another, so why is it any different in this case. It is a living thing. I am sure that if the baby could talk, it would not like to die. Abortion is also annoying to the taxpayers. They don't want to have to help pay for some stupid woman's procedure.

posted by jw9926 | suggest edit

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Unbelievable if you accidentally got a baby and you dont know what to do with it give it to the orphanage dont kill a human being. Everybody is borned for a purpose

posted by SpeedyGonzalez | suggest edit

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WHO SAID 'YESH' TO ABORTION?!

posted by Aaliyahjean Villalba | suggest edit

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a baby is life, if you kill that life it is murderer, a baby has the right to live! and if you don't want the baby after it is born you put it up for adoption, I SAY NO TO ABORTION!

posted by Jred07 | suggest edit

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killing an unborn life is just cruel. if you cant afford it, you can give it up for adoption!

posted by nicoletaylor | suggest edit

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WHAT IF YOU WERE A BABY (again) AND YOUR MOTHER WANTED YOU GONE! that is what the wittle babies are going through

posted by Aaliyahjean Villalba | suggest edit

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Abortion is the same thing as murder except the baby hasn't been able to live in the real world other than in the mother's womb. If you cannot support the baby give it to a family member or up for adoption.

posted by smitty | suggest edit

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"Abortion should not be used as another form of contraception." (http://womensissues.about.com/od/reproductiverights/a/AbortionArgumen.htm)

posted by Colten Hoffmeier | suggest edit

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AM I GONNA GET AN ANSWER??? WHO SAID YESH!??

posted by Aaliyahjean Villalba | suggest edit

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Abortion is bad because God puts a soul in bodies, and a 1 week old baby can be murdered like you. It's morally wrong or ambiguous because you are preventing the baby from becoming a conscious, unique person.

posted by Jordan Gallegos | suggest edit

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If you abort a baby it is the same as murder. Whether or no the baby is in you or not in you it is murder and should be illegal. It was the woman's decision to have a baby so she has to deal with it. If it was rape or incest, don't kill the child put it up for adoption.

posted by andrewcawthorn | suggest edit

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1 vs 14 people. . . . hehehehe

posted by Aaliyahjean Villalba | suggest edit

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if you were a mother, and you killed a poor helpless baby, wouldn't you feel quilt the rest of your life? why would anyone want to do that?! i know i would!!

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GREG

posted by Jred07 | suggest edit

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An abortion can result in medical complications later in life; the risk of ectopic pregnancies doubles, and the chance of a miscarriage and pelvic inflammatory disease also increases. http://womensissues.about.com/od/reproductiverights/a/AbortionArgumen.htm

posted by nicoletaylor | suggest edit

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I believe abortion is very bad

posted by Greg Herrero | suggest edit

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babies are wittle people! dont kill them. They have rights to live God made life! PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT babies deserve life

posted by Aaliyahjean Villalba | suggest edit

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SAVE THE BABIES!

posted by smitty | suggest edit

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Aaliyahjean, using baby talk and ALL CAPS does not make the pro-life case seem intelligent or rational.smitty, Is that an argument? What is this I don't even

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I was letting a friend use my account Toby Strauss

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When discussing rights, the cold hard reality is that sometimes rights come into conflict. If you are robbing me, and I have a gun, your right to life conflicts with my right to defend my property. Someone's rights must be impinged upon. The questions are, first, when does life begin, and second, if a fetus is a living thing, does a woman's right over her body trump the fetus' right to life? Your argument, Mr. Dasgupta, addresses the first in a piss-poor way, and ignores the second entirely. Your definition of life seems to be 1) seeing "the light of day" (I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and suggest that you mean "actually being born," since your statement means blind people are not alive), 2) breathing, and 3) not at risk of future death (being stillborn). All three are terrible definitions, and even the staunchest pro-choicer would disagree. Regarding the first criterion, a fetus is viable (look it up) well before it is born. Further, my daughter was a C-section, and therefore was never born at all. She is 6. Is she not alive? The blind can never "see the light of day," are they not alive? Moving to the second criterion, fetuses breath amniotic fluid in the womb. This is basic science. As for the third, you might have a stroke tomorrow and keel over. Since my taxes support you via roads, police, firemen, etc., you are in a tangible way dependent upon me. In the interest of pragmatism, I therefore have the right to shoot you in the head.

Posted by Toby Strauss on 06/04/2013 at 09:41 AM

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