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Abortion: A logical Argument

One of the most heavily debated topics in today’s world is laws around abortion, and whether it should be legal or not. First of all, an abortion is the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy. There are many arguments for both pro-life(advocating against abortion) and pro-choice(advocating for women to have the choice whether or not she wants to have an abortion). However, being pro-choice myself, I will be sharing a logical argument that agrees with this perspective.

Premise 1: A ‘life’ exists biologically independent from its mother.

Premise 2: A pregnant mother exists independent from its parent.

Conclusion: Therefore, the need to protect the life of the mother who is independent and a contributing member of society, is greater than the need to protect the unborn child.

Evaluation:

Premise 1: Everyone agrees that an adult has the right to life as they are fully independent, however there is a lot of debate around when a human life starts in the womb. Looking at this from a scientific perspective, a baby’s organs are only fully formed at 24 weeks, and in Canada the cut off date for abortions is 20 weeks. Since you would only be able to get an abortion before the baby is even fully developed, you would not be ‘murdering’ a life. Looking at it from this perspective, this premise true.

Premise 2: A pregnant mother is independent from her parents in the sense that she can breath, eat, work and live in society without their help. Perhaps she will look to them for support with money, maybe the occasional meal, however it is safe to say that this premise is true.

Conclusion: As both of my premises can be argued as true and valid, the argument is sound.

Reflection:

As I mentioned before, abortion is a very controversial topic. I am pro-choice because I believe every women should have the right to make the decision on what she does with her body, and what is best for her child. Having an abortion itself is a huge decision that causes a lot of stress and emotional tension. If a women becomes pregnant, in no matter what the situation, it is her right to decide for herself if she wants an abortion and she should not be condemned for it.

I think everyones stance on abortion reflects their individual values, however I also think your upbringing, culture, and religion play a role in your perspective. That’s why people’s opinions vary so much, are there is a large amount of debate around the topic. When creating this logical argument, I tried to take the more objective route by focussing just on the actual life itself, but even then, framing the argument this way implies I don’t believe that the fetus is a real life which differs from the opinion of a pro-life’s. 

 

4 Responses to Abortion: A logical Argument

  1. camille says:

    Hi Akhila ! You did an amazing job! I totally understand what you mean and I support your ideas. I do agree that women should have the right to choose wether they want the baby or not. I feel like society put too much pressure a child’s right to live but they are not babies until 24 weeks. Your premises were good examples and you shared your opinion and your point of view on this issue. Your arguments were concrete and you knew what you were talking about. You made good connections and shared your thoughts clearly. Good job! The topic that you chose is not an easy one, there’s a lot of opinions on this and we can’t argue which one is right and which one is wrong. Based on your writing you also pointed where this issue affects our culture and society, your ideas were awesome! I feel you could just add more information at your conclusion and making a point of your issue instead of saying that is valid.

     
    • Akhila says:

      Hi Camille!
      Thanks so much for your comment, I really appreciate it :)
      Yes I totally agree, after reading over my argument, I should’ve expanded more in my conclusion. Maybe I can go back and edit it in, thanks for the feedback!

       
  2. emmam says:

    Hey Akhila! Good on you for deciding to bring up such a controversial topic for your blog post. I too am very pro-choice, and am very thankful that we live in a country where abortions are safe and accessible. I liked that you didn’t bring in any politics to your premises, and stuck to a scientific perspective of abortion. This really strengthens your premises by leaving any bias out of them. However, I see where you’re coming from with the framing of your argument inherently sounding pro-choice. Do you think your argument and premises would change if you were to bring political stances into argument? Keep up the good work!

     
    • Akhila says:

      Hi Emma!

      Thank you for your comment, this is a topic I feel passionate about so I’m happy I can share my thoughts and perspectives in this group :)
      Just like you noticed, I really tried to make my argument come from more of a scientific angle because I didn’t want it to be too biased. However if I were to bring political stances into my arguments, I think I would inevitably do just that. Also, I think my premises and argument would become more pushy and make a reader feel turned off, which is unhelpful to making my points come across. Either way, interesting question, I would love to talk about it more with you in person :)

       

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