Since the passage of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision over 30 years ago, more than 39 million abortions have been performed in the U.S. ("Standing for the Unborn" 19). Each year, clinics and hospitals are involved in performing more than one million abortions. For example, in the year 2000, 1.31 million abortions were performed, thus making it one of the "most common surgical procedures" in the country (Physicians for Reproductive Choice & Health [PRCH] and the Alan Guttmacher Institute [AGI] 6). Out of the large number of abortions, a national survey of 1,900 women indicated that only seven percent was a result of health problems or rape/incest. In other words, most of the women have simply chosen not to have their babies for a variety of other reasons (PRCH and AGI 10).
In spite of its frequency, abortion remains a controversial issue that continues to trigger debate. A 1999 poll reported that 42 percent of adults consider themselves "pro-life" (St. Anthony's Messenger). This research paper argues that our society should not support abortion because it is an unnecessary evil that violates the fetus' right to life. In this paper, the following three arguments supporting this statement will be discussed:
Abortion goes against many religious beliefs.
Abortion undermines the well-being of women.
The presentation of these arguments will demonstrate why our society should not support abortion.
First of all, since abortion involves the termination of the life of an unborn child, it should be considered murder. Recent research studies on prenatal biology have produced evidence that the fetus is a unique human being who deserves to be protected, just as any other human beings ("Standing for the Unborn" 19). From the moment they are conceived, fetuses are endowed with their "own unique set of DNA, which contain a blueprint for the whole genetic makeup" (Kathy Ireland, qtd. in "Celebrity Quotes on Sex, Life and ...