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Introduction
Historical Information
Abortion Terminology
Arguments
Critique Section
The Ethical Question
Interview
Bibliography

Introduction to Abortion

Abortion is quite the controversial matter in society today; however, it is not widely discussed, and therefore it is hard for one to express their opinions on the matter. Regardless, many people have their views on the subject, whether these views be educated and well thought up, or simply a general view as to why abortion should or should not be practiced.

However, for the most part, it seems that certain social groups of society tend to think the same way on abortion. For example, many Christian Church factions and strong followers tend to oppose abortion for the reasoning that we, as humans, were not meant to play God in deciding the fates of the lives of other human being.

On the contary, other groups, such as (for lack of a better word) feminists, tend to be pro-abortion on the matter of abortion. They feel that a woman should have complete control over her body, and should she choose to remove the child from her womb, she should be permitted that privilege, as stated in the Constitution (Right to Pursue Happiness).

As we look into the issue of abortion, we may notice that people sharing the same view on the general issue of abortion, therefore either being pro- or anti-abortion, may share opposing views on specific issues of abortion. For example, one pro-abortionist supporter may claim that the fetus is not yet human, and therefore, aborting it cannot be considered murder. However, another pro-abortionist may claim that the fetus is, in fact, a human being; however, it is only a potential person, and therefore aborting it should be considered completely moral.

As you can see from the previous example, abortion is a very controversial subject. Its place in society today continues to change as the people in power continue to change. For example, during President Clinton's term in officer, abortion was made very easy to access under his laws; however, under the current Bush administration in the United States, abortions are now more difficult to obtain.

Conflicts do arise because of these things, and so, many times, especially in the case of anti-abortionist actions, it may even lead to murders. In the case of anti-abortionists, certain extremists went to the extent of murdering a doctor who performed abortion.

The biggest problem with abortion as of now is the facts people use to back up their own personal beliefs on the issue. Some Christian anti-abortionists may claim that God has chosen to love all people, whether they be in the form of a growing fetus or a full-grown human. However, if this fact was taken into context with its actual writing, this may not be true at all 1. Thus, people may twist facts, statements, and statistics to suit their own argument, and so it is not entirely possible nor advisable to believe everything stated when debating the issue of abortion.

This website was made for the purpose of informing other people as to what abortion is, what common arguments are, what some of the terminology means, and how other people feel about it. I have divided the entire website into six main sections simply for user-friendliness: Historical Information, which I will use to explain the history of abortion via several important cases; Abortion Terminology, which I will use to explain some common terms used when debating the subject; Arguments, a page dedicated to the common arguments made on specific topics of abortion; Critiques, a page dedicated to critiquing and hypothesizing the various arguments of abortion; The Ethical Question, a page dedicated to hypothetical situations and how ethical reasoning could be used relative to them; and Interview, a page dedicated to an interview I had with a social worker who counseled women into making the decision to abort or not.