Katie Crompton – Argument on Abortion
Abortion is probably one of the most controversial topics in society today. I was inspired by last night’s debate to take up this topic as it is something that many people, including myself, have very strong opinions on. Some of these opinions being very extreme and encouraging violence against women who get abortions. There is one pro-life argument that I find quite shocking. For this assignment, I decided to keep an open mind and try to find out if this argument is in fact sound. I myself am pro-choice, but I have tried to make sure there was no bias when analyzing this argument.
Human life begins at conception
Murder is the taking away of a life
Murder is illegal
Therefore, abortion should be illegal
Premise 1: There are many arguments both for and against this statement. Some say that once the egg is fertilized it is considered a human. Others believe that a fetus becomes a human when it has the ability to survive outside of the womb. Others believe that a fetus is considered a human when it develops brain function. All of the arguments surrounding this issue are all opinion based. There is no scientific proof of when a fetus really becomes a human, so we cannot say that the premise is true or false.
Premise 2: This can easily be accepted as the truth
Premise 3: S. 231 of the Criminal Code of Canada shows the classification of murder and s. 235 states the punishment for murder, therefore the premise is true.
The fact that we cannot tell if premise number one is truthful or not, means that the argument cannot be sound, even if the form of the argument is valid.
In my opinion, these kind of extreme opinions are incredibly dangerous to society. Everyone has the right to believe what they want to believe, but their beliefs should not be forced onto all of society. Having abortion legal gives every woman the choice to have an abortion or not if in a situation where getting one is an option. Also, having it legal makes it more safe and humane. There are so many other arguments around this subject and if I kept going, this post would end up being the size of a novel. So before this becomes the length of War and Peace, I want to leave you with a quote to think about:
“Pro-life is ‘I know what’s best for you.’ Pro-choice is ‘you know what’s best for you.'” ~ Unknown