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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


4 Responses to Katie Crompton – Argument on Abortion

  1. erinn says:

    Katie this is lit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A ton of people recently wrote about abortion but I really like yours because you brought up the fact that extreme opinions on anything are harmful to society as a whole. I agree with you wholeheartedly that people should never enforce their view on society, but I personally think that opinions that can possibly bring on violence or harassment against minorities should at least be handled carefully. Violence on women who want to get an abortion is a horrible thing – you’ve probably seen videos or news articles on how women going to clinics like planned parenthood are harassed and told other horrible things, adding on to the stressful situation they’re already in.

    Anyways, I love the quote at the end of the post – it reminds me of all those old white dudes debating on abortion like they know what they’re talking about.

    • Katie says:

      Thanks so much, Erinn! I completely agree that these kind of dangerous opinions should be handled carefully. We can’t fight fire with fire. We have to just smother the fire or dump some water on it or something (that metaphor just dies a horrible death) Anyway, thank you for the feedback!!!!

  2. Lyle Hendriks says:

    Hey Katie,

    I like your post and as a decent human I agree with it. This syllogism works perfectly in debunking the idea that abortion is murder (assuming that a fetus is not considered human).

    However, what this misses is the additional idea that, separate from abortion being murder under Canadian Criminal Law, other ethical issues compose a lot of the arguments against abortion. Bear in mind I am 100% pro-choice because it’s not up to me decide what’s going on.

    If a fetus is, in fact, not a human life, and is only subject to human rights late in the pregnancy or at birth, then why is a late term abortion illegal? Their is a period where a child is fairly developed, but would not survive outside of the womb for at least a few weeks around the early third trimester. In a few debunkings of Mr. Trump’s ridiculous stance on late term abortion, where he describes abortion happening just days before delivery, it’s described as infanticide – a crime for living, human infants. If aborting a late term child that still cannot survive outside of it’s parent is considered infanticide, where and why do abortionists draw the line?

    This is a little facetious, but I hope it makes you think because your post definitely made me start thinking a little more.

  3. Katie says:

    Hi Lyle! You make a really great point and I honestly have no idea how to answer that. Personally, I feel that the legality of abortions should be based on the state of development of the fetus, not based on the terms of the pregnancy. If the child could survive outside of the womb and the actual birth would not effect the well-being of the mother or the child, then an abortion should not be allowed. If the delivery of the child would put the mother and/or the child in danger, then an abortion should be an option. At the end of the day, I feel it should be the mother who gets to decide. Anyway, thank you for that statement and the feedback!


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