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Throughout the world, abortions and a woman's right to have them remain taboo. As abortion is illegal in many countries, women sometimes going to extreme and dangerous lengths to obtain them. Going beyond whether or not terminating a pregnancy is right or wrong, what are the pros and cons of abortion? And should abortion as a medical procedure be legal?

Abortion should be illegal. Show more Show less

Abortion should be a prosecutable offense on the grounds that it is morally and ethically wrong.
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A foetus is a person

A fetus is a living being and thus abortions are a form of murder.

The Argument

Murdering a person is a crime. There is no difference between killing a fetus in the womb and killing a child. By taking away their life, you are committing murder. At the moment of conception, a unique genetic identity is created. This genetic identity will accompany the fetus throughout its life. Aborting a child erases this code. It is clear, therefore, that aborting a child is tantamount to murder.

Counter arguments

A fetus is not a person. It is a fetus. It is an extension of the mother. It cannot live outside the womb or independently of its mother. Therefore, it is not a human or a person. It is a part of the mother. Aborting it is no more murder than a woman having a mole removed or getting a haircut.

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Premises

[P1] A foetus becomes a person at the moment of conception. [P2] Killing a person is murder and is always wrong. [P3] Therefore, aborting a foetus is always wrong.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] A foetus is not a person at conception. It becomes a person later. [Rejecting P3] Killing a foetus is not always wrong. When it saves the mother's life it is necessary.

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