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Abortion is one of the most controversial ethical issues because it concerns the taking of a human life. Generally, if we look at traditional arguments for and against abortion, we find legal and religious arguments guiding each respectively. When it comes to those who favor abortion, they point to the argument that abortion represents a woman’s “right to choose”, and, that, Roe vs. Wade, a decision sanctioned by the Supreme Court, gives them such a right. Pro-Lifers, or anti-abortionists, generally make a religious argument as the spearhead of their collective opposition to abortion. Pro-Lifers see abortion is fundamentally wrong and a sin against religion, specifically Christianity and Judaism. They take a dim view toward governments and politicians who sanction Roe vs. Wade, they see those politicians who do as sanctioning the “business” of killing by abortion practitioners, and they view Roe vs. Wade as a license to murder “The Supreme Court’s 1972 decision has condoned the murder of more human beings than the historical efforts of Stalin and Hitler combined. Three thousand children are slaughtered every day in our nation” (Owens 2). While those who favor abortion generally rely on the law to prove their position, some Pro-Lifers resort to other tactics, such as bombing abortion clinics, lobbying to shut down abortion clinics, and a series of other tactics like public protests which they feel are necessary to stop what they see as the killing of innocent human beings.

Those who favor abortion, on the other hand, believe that abortion is not a decision made flippantly by a woman. They further believe that if abortion becomes illegal, women will still choose to have them anyway in conditions that are less safe than those now operating with legal sanction. Those who argue for abortion as a woman’s right to choose, also see those who are opposed to it as being unconce


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