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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Editorial and Opinion  |  House: Booksie Classic


I don’t think there is a person in the Unites States that hasn’t heard about the Roe vs Wade case in 1973. And to see it enter the spotlight again after almost 50 years, well, it just goes to show how far our society has come (or regressed).



I don’t think there is a person in the Unites States that hasn’t heard about the Roe vs Wade case in 1973. And to see it enter the spotlight again after almost 50 years, well, it just goes to show how far our society has come (or regressed).


Back in college I had to do a paper on Abortion from a religious as well as a, non-religious view. It was an ah ha moment when I began searching scriptures as well as interviewing over 100 people. Both sides had valid arguments for and against abortion.


10 Pro-Life Arguments

1.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

1.Adam only became a ‘living being’ AFTER God breathed the breath of LIFE. The ancient text reads: Jehovah breathed into Adam His spirit and Adam became a living man. So, the question that begs being asked is, was Adam human before or after God breathed on him?)

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

1.Again, the question, was Adam a human before or after God breathed into Adam the breath of life? Does what some refer to as soul life be when a baby takes that first breath?

3.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.

1.While I totally agree here, what this statement is missing is the fact that some just don’t want to be burdened with a pregnancy.

4.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.

1.The U.S. National Cancer Institute estimates that women who have had an induced abortion increase their risk of getting breast cancer before the age of fifty by nearly 49%.

5.In the instance of rape and incest, proper medical care can ensure that a woman will not get pregnant. Abortion punishes the unborn child who committed no crime; instead, it is the perpetrator who should be punished.

1.Let’s look at the stats first and then comment:
38% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance. I wonder how many of these weren’t really rape as some have been known to report a false rape for reasons ranging from post-sex regret, a boyfriend/spouse/parents finding out.  And 28% are an intimate.

6.Abortion should not be used as another form of contraception.

1.This one should be a brainer and, in my research I discovered that both sides are in total agreement.

7.For women who demand complete control of their body, control should include preventing the risk of unwanted pregnancy through the responsible use of contraception or, if that is not possible, through abstinence.

1.Right on here. All women have access to birth control. At the same time, they should require their partner to use a condom at least.

8.Many Americans who pay taxes are opposed to abortion, therefore it's morally wrong to use tax dollars to fund abortion.

1.While I get what is being said here, it just isn’t that simple. Ceaser was anything BUT moral yet, Jesus told the disciples to render unto Ceaser what is Ceaser’s and render unto God what is God’s. What Ceaser did with the taxes was his call and his only. Pretty much the way it is today. For the most part, most of us don’t know where the money is being used. So, I follow the trust and obey motto. Although I do keep track of who to vote for and if others did the same perhaps there would be no government spending of our taxes for abortion.

9.Those who choose abortions are often minors or young women with insufficient life experience to understand fully what they are doing. Many have lifelong regrets afterward.

1.I tend to slightly disagree here. There are many women who are professionals who get abortions. Having a pregnancy, they feel, would at best hinder their career and at worst destroy it.

10.Abortion frequently causes intense psychological pain and stress.

1.For some yes but stats elsewhere disagree.


10 Pro-Choice Arguments

1.Nearly all abortions take place in the first trimester when a fetus is attached by the placenta and umbilical cord to the mother. As such, its health is dependent on her health, and cannot be regarded as a separate entity as it cannot exist outside her womb.

1.There is a, phreaking heartbeat people!

2.The concept of personhood is different from the concept of human life. Human life occurs at conception, but fertilized eggs used for in vitro fertilization are also human lives and those not implanted are routinely thrown away. Is this murder, and if not, then how is abortion murder?

1.BECAUSE OF VIABIILTY! Are there any blonds in the house today? JK. Invitro is EXPENSIVE so the fertilized egg must be as close to 100% as possible and to avoid any birth defects due to the degradation.

3.Adoption is not an alternative to abortion because it remains the woman's choice whether or not to give her child up for adoption. Statistics show that very few women who give birth choose to give up their babies; less than 3 percent of white unmarried women and less than 2 percent of percent black? unmarried women.

1.Good Golly Miss Molly! Yes, it is still her choice, do I kill the kid or lose 9 months of my life to give the kid away. No brainer here IMO

2.Here are some stats from the CDC:

1.In 2015, 638,169 legal induced abortions were reported to CDC from 49 reporting areas. The abortion rate for 2015 was 11.8 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years, and the abortion ratio was 188 abortions per 1,000 live births.

2.The percentage of abortions reported as early medical abortions increased 114% from 2006 to 2015, with an 8% increase from 2014 to 2015.

4.Abortion is a safe medical procedure. The vast majority of women (88 percent) who have an abortion do so in their first trimester. Medical abortions have less than 0.5 percent risk of serious complications and do not affect a woman's health or future ability to become pregnant or give birth.

1.That is easily debatable. Save THAT for another time


5.In the case of rape or incest, forcing a woman made pregnant by this violent act would cause further psychological harm to the victim. Often a woman is too afraid to speak up or is unaware she is pregnant, thus the morning after pill is ineffective in these situations.

1.This is one of the most ignorant excuses I have heard in a long time. Taking it whether you know you are pregnant or not, is IMO an automatic.

6.Abortion is not used as a form of contraception. Pregnancy can occur even with responsible contraceptive use. Only 8 percent of women who have abortions do not use any form of birth control, and that is due more to individual carelessness than to the availability of abortion.

7.The ability of a woman to have control of her body is critical to civil rights. Take away her reproductive choice and you step onto a slippery slope. If the government can force a woman to continue a pregnancy, what about forcing a woman to use contraception or undergo sterilization?

1.What is missing in this diatribe is the fact that once a woman is pregnant, it is not only HER body, but that of the child growing inside her. Bust her for child abuse resulting in death.

8.Taxpayer dollars are used to enable poor women to access the same medical services as rich women, and abortion is one of these services. Funding abortion is no different from funding a war in the Mideast. For those who are opposed, the place to express outrage is in the voting booth.

1.Yeah! Right! And President George Washington is still alive. War protects our country and our freedoms. You BET I am for funding them. As for funding abortion being the same, well if you consider killing an unborn child to killing German Nazis, Japan’s Hiroshima and Nagasaki, well, I have a psychiatrist friend who would love to talk with you.

9.Teenagers who become mothers have grim prospects for the future. They are much more likely to leave school; receive inadequate prenatal care; rely on public assistance to raise a child; develop health problems; or end up divorced.

1.This is an opinion and is quite frankly, offensive (8-). Myself as an example. I had 5 children between the ages of 15 and 21. I stayed in school, was president of my Sophomore Class, obtained a, Master’s Degree, 2 Bachelor degrees and, 2 Associate degrees. Did all that while raising my kids and NO WELFARE. I WORKED. BTW, my health at 67 is EXCELLENT.



10.Like any other difficult situation, abortion creates stress. Yet the American Psychological Association found that stress was greatest prior to an abortion and that there was no evidence of post-abortion syndrome.

1.Ah, not sure how old THAT information is BUT, again, while the APA didn’t find evidence, apparently someone else did.
Post Abortion Stress Syndrome (PAS) affects everyone and is a form of post-traumatic stress disorder. The process of making an abortion choice, experiencing the procedure and living with the grief, pain and regret is certainly, at its very core, traumatic.

In summary, for myself, I do not believe in abortion but, I do not judge or condemn someone who does. The bottom line is, it is more of a moral issue than a social one. What I mean by that is, the difference between the carnal mind and the spiritual mind. That of course would be another blog topic.


Thanks for reading and thoughts and comments are encouraged.  

Submitted: April 08, 2019

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Bert Broomberg

Interesting read. However, I do have a comment. It is not about being in favour of abortion or being against abortion; it is about a writing matter. In item number 3 in the Pro-Choice Arguments section you make a claim and then you add two subsections. That's where things become unclear to me. In the sub-item 2 you provide 2 statistics from the CDC. So far so good, but after having read the statistics, I thought: what is the claim here? What does it prove, or what does that tell me or what is the link with your earlier claim in this particular section. You just provided the raw statistics without explaining to me, the silly reader, what the significance of those statistics are. I think that is a serious ommission when a writer wants to guide a reader through an argumentative essay.
Don't get me wrong, I am not trying to be disrespectful about your writing, I thought this was a very interesting read, but I just couldn't grasp this particular section. I hope you'll find my observations helpful.

Mon, April 8th, 2019 3:44pm


Hello and welcome. I appreciate your feedback. I really should have paid more attention before posting. Again, thank you!


Mon, April 8th, 2019 10:44am

Criss Sole

Great article. I liked seeing the pros and cons and reading about the consequences. Very informative.

Mon, April 8th, 2019 7:15pm


Thanks, I appreciate that.

Mon, April 8th, 2019 2:09pm

Christy Writes

I wouldn't say I'm pro-abortion precisely, but I believe being pro-choice means that you respect people's decisions, even if you wouldn't make them for yourself. I understand the perspective of pro-lifers, but there are women who can't afford healthcare, women who are addicted to drugs or alcohol, women with AIDS... Little girls can also be impregnated by rape if they have their period. I think giving birth to a child in these circumstances is cruel. Abortion isn't a saintly act, and it has its repercussions, definitely, but some people will choose it over other options, and it's something we have to respect.

Mon, April 8th, 2019 7:57pm


Christy, I agree. Being retired from the Dept of Child Services, I have seen a lot.

Mon, April 8th, 2019 2:08pm


That's an interesting topic. My Russian friend, a man, likes to read such communities in Russian with a holy-war about a pro-life position and a pro-choice position. He thinks that no one could judge about various women and everyone must respect other people's choice. Among acquaintance people on some forum, one man accused me because I have interests in Arabic culture as if I am a fully pro-life. "Do you learn Arabic? Do you see Egypt or Syria interesting? Do you against abortion?" No, no, if I get to know Arabic culture, it doesn't mean that I support each of their stereotypes. I do not conduct in any participation of holy-wars about the abortion. Every people have his/ her own opinion. I don't think that if one person listens to another, they change their point of view. I don't like the stereotype if a person wants to get to know Arabic culture, this person supports them at all. I think that abortion mustn't be banned or prohibited. Teenager girls must go to the school, if they give birth to, they don't turn to housewives. AIDS, drug abusers, victims of rape must have a right to avoid being motherhood. At the same time, I am not an aggressive pro-choice fan. If a person is being pro-life and hates abortion, I don't mind. The society had to accumulate point of views; it's normal. My Russian friend is learning sociology in Russia. He hates aggressive pro-life fans, but he doesn't think that abortion is always good. I think that his point of view is optimal. If I would be an aggressive fan of pro-choice, it's like a person who thinks that all people learn Arabic culture are aggressive. The same is disgusting.

Tue, April 9th, 2019 11:51am


Enjoyed your post and your point-of-view. As a writer, I enjoy reading and learning about differing opinions on a variety of topics and issues. Thanks again and welcome to the house.


Tue, April 9th, 2019 5:09am

Ava Rose Weisberg

As a writer, you are expected to form opinions. Without them, you're writing means nothing, especially something covering such a serious topic. No has learned anything here except that you are indifferent to killing babies before they're born. I feel as if I have wasted my time--unless that is you learn something from this. Wasting your time being politically correct is dumb. I hope this helps. You could be a good writer with opinions.

Fri, April 12th, 2019 11:29pm


If you had read it correctly, I believe that I stated that I DO NOT BELIEVE IN ABORTION. Once there is a heartbeat, then by genetics alone, it is a human being. I suppose if there had been a house called debate, that would have been a better place.

Sat, April 13th, 2019 1:36am

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