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Should Abortion Be Legal?

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  • +86 +159 -73 Alyssa L. Apr. 25, 2014
    "Drive drunk and get in an accident and need an organ transplant? No problem. Messing around with a gun, accidently shoot yourself in the leg and need surgery? Of course. Smoke tobacco for most of your life and need treatment for lung cancer? Yep. Have sex and get pregnant when you don't want to be? YOU GOT YOURSELF INTO THIS SITUATION AND YOU DESERVE NO MEDICAL ATTENTION OR COMPASSION! THIS IS YOUR FAULT AND YOU WILL DEAL WITH THE CONSEQUENCES.

    Sorry, something doesn't add up here."
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    • +4 +7 -3 Sam K Feb. 24, 2015
      "Why should people who drunk drive be able to get an organ transplant? Why should people who are messing around with a gun be able to get surgery? It is their own fault for messing with the gun, or drunk driving. It isn't the woman's fault if the condom breaks or something. The woman should be able to get an abortion because it is her choice and her body."
    • +1 +4 -3 Edith H. Nov. 7, 2014
      "i agree with you thats there choices they put that on them selfs"
    • -1 +2 -3 Josh Jan. 27, 2015
      "The difference between your examples and getting pregnant is that one is a living being, while another is an injury. Accidentally getting hurt is apart of life. But abortion is different. Even though you can tell i am against abortion, I agree with you that people often give no compassion to people who have or want an abortion. I believe this is wrong. No one needs to slam others for their choices, but rather love them and know that you are compassionate for them."
    • -1 0 -1 Anon Dec. 1, 2014
      "Honestly, the government is being to nice. Who would be driving drunk when there are thousands of signs saying not to, and smoking tobaco knowing the warning..."
    • -2 +1 -3 anonymous May. 9, 2015
      "I'm sorry to say this but I have to disagree with your argument here. Your examples aren't the same at all. What if someone was carelessly messing around with a gun at shot another person, or if someone was a smoker and gave their child cancer from second-hand smoke? These are all examples of how one person's careless actions can affect another. Carelessly having sex and then getting pregnant and killing that child is another example. These were all mistakes which have huge consequences. That doesn't mean we have to hate on each other but have compassion and learn from the mistakes. All life is precioius - so lets start treating it so."
    • -2 +2 -4 Calvin Vandegrift Mar. 30, 2015
      "If a woman doesn't want to be pregnant she could at least use birth control. Being a female is a huge responsibility, way more than being a male and it doesn't just go away because its inconvenient. The only way to prevent an unplanned pregnancy is to wait until you're married and ready to have a kid or at least can afford one."
    • -2 +7 -9 ashley Aug. 13, 2014
      "the thing that doesn't "add up" is that your getting drunk, smoking, messing with a gun, and having sex so careless. organ transplants don't come so easy by the way. the only thing you are right about is that you don't deserve compassion about killing a baby."
    • -3 0 -3 Emily f age 12 Jan. 9, 2015
      "People's choices impact their lives, Ido agree with that. But what's the point of health care if you don't get medical attention? Right you shouldn't be messing with a gun, but there aren't any signs or a law that says that. Maybe you were doing shooting practice and it was an accident. Or trying to fix the gun. What if a 10 year old girl gets raped? Is she gonna have to be a mother at that age? In fact if she gives birth it'll ruin her physically and emotionally. Would you really choose baby that hasn't even been born yet over a girl whose life is in danger and it's not her fault? How would you feel if YOU got raped, huh? What if you had to be a mother even though it's not your fault that you were pregnant? THATS THE THING THAT DOESNT ADD UP, ALYSSA."
    • -3 +6 -9 Vera Sep. 5, 2014
      "If your little girl was raped and made pregnant and she was 12 the perv was say 24 would you make her have the baby knowing it will scar her body the rape has already scared her mind or would you help her heal by killing the diseased germ inside of your already living breathing child?"
    • -4 +6 -10 Catholic boy Jan. 7, 2015
      "In case you haven't noticed, abortion is murder. That is like killing your 9 year old kid and saying;"Oh, I just didn't want them anymore.""
    • -5 +4 -9 Anonymous Oct. 23, 2014
      "There's a huge difference here. Surgery, transplants, and treatment cost money, and they're all to help yourself. Abortion is cheap and it's killing a baby!"
  • +19 +30 -11 Anonymous Mar. 1, 2015
    "I am pro choice, because having a child is serious business. I'm saying an abortion should be for everyone, but it should be for those who can't take care of a child because of actual reasons, or if they've raped, or if they'll have a child who will grow with terrible defects and they know they wont raise them right. I was raped at 14 and later found out I was pregnant with their child, it was sickening knowing that I would have to give birth and raise the child of a man who not only raped me but took my virginity. My family was very unstable as well, we didn't have the means to raise the child, and of course they say I could have put the child up for adoption but I was at a very large health risk for delivery because I was so small and i was terrified knowing that something horribly wrong could happen to myself. Why would I bring a child into this world if I knew i couldn't give it the right life, i would be putting my health and my life at risk, and i would have to keep going through the horrible memories of my attack."
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    • 0 +1 -1 sam Sep. 15, 2015
      "You are exactly right. Bravo for you for spaing the child a life of suffering."
    • 0 +1 -1 Iris Apr. 28, 2015
      "I agree with what you are saying! So did you end up getting an abortion?"
  • +11 +21 -10 Roger Dec. 21, 2014
    "I find it odd that the US treats assault as somehow more appropriate than sex. I can stab someone forcing them to need an organ transplant and blood, yet the worse that can happen is I go to jail. No one takes these organs or the blood from me even if I am a match. But have sex resulting in pregnancy, and suddenly another has more rights to your body than you do. Forcing a woman to carry that pregnancy against her will is at best slavery. And I don't see how forcing her to do it just to give the baby up to another family isn't abuse."
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    • +1 +1 0 Anyone Aug. 8, 2015
      "got that right!"
  • +7 +36 -29 aperson May. 21, 2014
    "What are you supposed to tell the 11 year old who was raped by her father and brother for years that got pregnant. "Oh, you have to go through with pregnancy?"

    It is her body, let her be"
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    • +3 +3 0 ireland.13 years old Jan. 16, 2015
    • -1 +2 -3 Emily F. Age 12 Dec. 18, 2014
      "Well, if you got raped then that's one thing, but actually CHOOSING to have sex is another."
    • -2 +1 -3 James C. Feb. 12, 2015
      "Valid point, except if the father and brother didn't rape the 11 year old, she wouldn't be killing another child that could grow up to be a child like her. The responsibility is theirs and they should be punished accordingly. In this sense legal action can be imposed on the parents not the child."
    • -4 +2 -6 Anonymous Nov. 10, 2014
      "adoption is always a choice I don't know why people have to be so cruel and having an abortion"
    • -4 +3 -7 Cheyenne Hammond Nov. 4, 2014
      "Don't ABORT the child .. give it up for adopiton"
  • +6 +12 -6 Kevin E Dec. 29, 2014
    "Banning abortion doesn't reduce the number of women seeking them. If we want to reduce abortion, we must entertain ways of doing it that are proven to work. If you could coerce people not to have sex, that would be a proven method. However, you can't stop people from having sex. Therefore, you're left with two proven options: 1) provide good-quality *comprehensive* sex-education, and 2) make inexpensive contraception widely available.
    Simple as that-- only two things proven to prevent abortion, and banning them isn't one of them."
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    • 0 0 0 Brian D Oct. 10, 2015
      "Correct on both points, Kevin.
      Laws against abortion would serve about as well as laws against robbery. It might slow things down, but the underlying issues persist. I would add, 'early' to the sex ed recommendation. Parents need to lay the groundwork early for informed thinking and ethical decision making on this subject and many more."
    • 0 0 0 Many to adopt Jan. 6, 2015
      "Greta: It is very cruel to force a woman to sustain a pregnancy just to give the baby up for adoption. Pregnancy is risky, and to enslave a woman simply to take that baby and give it to someone else is one of the most wicked things I can think of. There are tons of children out there waiting for homes! Really, thousands and thousands. Please consider adopting one of them."
    • -2 0 -2 Greta Jan. 6, 2015
      "Abortion should not be legal. Abortion is murder. You should never have an abortion because there are a lot of gay and straight couples in the world who can not have kids. You should have the baby then put it up for adoption because its not fair to others who can not have children. If you are not going to care for the child the way the should be cared for then put it up for adoption."
  • +6 +26 -20 Alejandra May. 19, 2014
    "As was once said to me, " the worst sin you can commit is to bring an unwanted child into the world." Having grown up with 2 parents who should not have been parents, I agree with that statement. I think it is an act of mercy to not bring a child into this world when you can not feed it, love it or provided for it. Subsequently, since I don't believe we only get one chance at being born, I don't see the child as being punished, but rather a choice being made. If that soul wants to be born, it will find another human to come through. In the end, I think choosing to have a child or not is a personal choice that can only be decided by the couple and their family."
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  • +6 +44 -38 Ian Apr. 3, 2014
    "I believe that it is a way to give the women who are raped a chance to keep their youth as much as possible."
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    • +1 +2 -1 Abby Jan. 28, 2015
      "There are so many things that can accidentally happen, and I get where your coming from. But its not just fixing whats broken, its breaking what you built. You say shooting yourself on accident is the same as having a child? Don't you have any respect for what god planned for you, do you have respect for human life, no. You don't. Think people all over the world can't have babies, but you can. Be giving. You might not want your baby, but someone out there does. Accidents are always occurring, but abortion shouldn't be one of them."
    • 0 +3 -3 Vera Sep. 5, 2014
      "I was raped by someone eleven years older than me I was just turning 13 my parents made me keep the child I watched the child be abused by the very people that abused me as I got older the child had been abused and held me responsible because I was his mother and I was to afraid to tell him the story of how he came to be but it took my teens,twentie, thirties forties,and my fifties because the child grew into a very sick human beings and I feel REALY bad because if abortions had been legal the pain and true loss of life would not have happened. I tried to love this child but nothing I did was good enough my parents after they damaged the child made me take him into my new marriage which the envie killed the marriage not until I told him the horrible story of how he came to be did he leave my life which is to late I'm old and alone now so if I can save another young girl I hope keeping abortion legal will,march on, thank you for your understanding life is toooooo short to have such a big choice like parenthood be made for you with out your voice being heard it causes resentment."
    • -1 0 -1 nyahgirl Mar. 8, 2015
      "What about the baby who didnt get a youth"
    • -1 +2 -3 Bridget Feb. 4, 2015
      "My mother never chose to get raped. I certainly never asked for a stranger to rape my young (at the time) mother. But that's what happened. My mother had 3 options: she could have gotten an abortion, given the baby up for adoption, or kept the baby. Her situation was not ideal to raise a baby, but it was do-able. I am now a successful college student because my mother chose life. I will make a difference in the lives of others because the strongest woman I know decided 18 years ago that there was no reason that I didn't deserve to live. The U.S. Declaration of Independence guarantees a few inalienable rights: the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I get to exercise those rights every day because my mother decided--before she knew how I would turn out--that I deserved to live. Those unborn babies don't even get a chance."
    • -1 +1 -2 Adrien Jan. 6, 2015
      "In Luke chapter one, verses 36 and 41, we are told that Elisabeth conceived a "son" and that the "babe" leaped in her womb. God does not say that a "fetus" leaped in her womb! He says THE BABE leaped. This is the exact same word that God uses to describe Christ in the manger AFTER He is born (Luke 2:12, 16). In God eyes, an unborn babe and a newborn babe are the same. They are both living human beings!"
  • +5 +7 -2 Shielding C Jul. 11, 2015
    "A fetus may be a life. But it's not "innocent", in the sense of being incapable of harm. In fact, every pregnant woman goes through a LOT of pain and suffering because of the fetus. It is not right to force someone to suffer on behalf of someone else.

    A world that sees the bodily autonomy of pregnant women as less valuable than the life of the fetus is, in a word, sexist. It assumes and takes for granted that women have an obligation to suffer physiologically on behalf of others that in no context is assumed of men.

    American citizens cannot be forced to self-incriminate in court, regardless of whether the citizen has knowledge that will save lives.

    If someone tries to rape you and the only way to avoid rape is to kill the rapist, no one would call you a murderer, regardless of whether your life was ever on the line.

    You cannot be forced to donate organs to other people.

    If the unborn are granted equal rights to everyone else, then causing other people intense physical pain from which there is no other escape is reason enough to allow abortion. Abortion is self-defense. Not murder."
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  • +5 +15 -10 Ireland.13 years old Jan. 13, 2015
    "I think women should have control over their bodies. Yeah, abortion shouldn't be used as a thing for whenever you have sex, but if you get raped, and get pregnant, you should get an abortion. I'm only 13, but if I get raped, there is no way I'm going to keep it."
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    • 0 0 0 Cat May. 13, 2015
      "At first it may seem like abortion is the best way to deal with rape, but for most women this is not so. In 2000 a study was conducted interviewing women who were victims to rape. The study revealed that 70% of the women interviewed had decided to give birth to their children whilst 30% had chosen abortion. Out of the 70% who had chosen to give birth not one of them regretted their decision. On the other hand, out of the 30% who chose abortion, 78% of them regretted their choice. In fact many of the women who were raped were grateful that they gave birth before the Roe v. Wade. If you're curious about this study the article is called "Raped women who had their babies defy pro-choice stereotypes" at life sight news."
    • -5 +3 -8 BPP Baby Protection Jan. 15, 2015
      "Last time i checked you didnt have 2 head 4 arms and 4 legs or 1 heart you heartless murderers! This is not right! A baby eagle death is a 300k$ fine and its illegal... Yet its legal to murder babies of our own flesh and blood! There are barren mothers who would kill you just for thinking about abortion!"
  • +5 +40 -35 Lola Mar. 17, 2014
    "Yes. Because say you get raped, would you really want to carry around some pervert's child? and what if you are 15? or are mentally, physically or emotionally unstable, what child would want to grow up in that kind of environment?"
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    • +1 +1 0 Seriously Though Sep. 24, 2015
      "If you are not ready then put the child up for adoption. There are families who an incapable of having children that would love to bring that child into their family."
    • +1 +6 -5 Billy Apr. 18, 2014
      "I wouldn't care if it was some perverts child its not the child's fault. I'd be rational and put him or her up for adoption have a closed adoption anything to allow that child to have a better life."
    • -1 +1 -2 Jenny Jan. 6, 2015
      "that's true but what about the people who don't get raped"
    • -2 +1 -3 Genesis Jul. 22, 2014
      "if you know your not mentally or physically stable to take care of a child you should have taken the steps necessary to prevent a pregnancy I feel its as simple as that if you got raped it going to be hard but they should keep in mind that its not the babies faults so why are they going to pay for something they had nothing to do"
  • +4 +14 -10 Russell Crawford Feb. 15, 2015
    "The scientific fact is that during the stage of meiosis the DNA of a future zygote undergoes hundreds of thousands of replication errors. This process of imputed error is the basis for speciation and occurs with every gamete. It only requires a single error in a critical event to kill a zygote. Because the zygote has 6 billion nucleotides a few hundred thousand errors may or may not lead to the death of the zygote or to the creation of a non human life. What we do know for certain is that after replication, the hundreds of thousands of errors make it impossible to be certain of the humanity of the zygote. Because of speciation, there is no proof of human life at conception.
    Because all pro life theory is based upon the false "assumption" of life at conceptions, the entire pro life movement fails. The scientific proof cannot be denied. All DNA suffers errors that make it impossible to tell if the life created is human.
    That said, 70 percent of conceptions do not produce human life, however, 30 percent do. So mathematically speaking there will always be human life. The only problem for the pro life movement is that one cannot prove the zygote is human until after birth occurs."
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  • +3 +5 -2 annonymous Jun. 9, 2015
    "If you don't believe in abortion, don't get one."
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  • +3 +17 -14 Emily Jan. 8, 2014
    "I am pro-choice, because I believe that a woman can do whatever she wants with her body, which is personal, and the government should not restrict a safe way of getting an abortion, because if a woman really wants one, she will resort to unsafe illegal abortion."
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    • -2 +1 -3 Jason Jan. 27, 2015
      "You got to understand that there is people out who want kids. So you can just let somebody adopt your child and you don't have to worry about paying child support."
    • -6 +2 -8 Rob Jan. 10, 2014
      "The child is a person too! People talk about a woman's right to control her body but ignore the CHILD'S right to control THEIR body, or even live. Why is one person's right to control their body more important than another person's right to live?"
  • +2 +2 0 Jonathan Curiel Sep. 21, 2015
    "While many will argue that killing a fetus is murder in reality it is not. A fetus does not have a consciousness. Due to this it not being a unmoral procedure. Most of the people who who say no to abortion are people who are happily married and are middle or high class people. Imagine working a minimum pay job and having a baby? Have you ever heard of rape babies? At that point you're forced to have a baby you didn't have consent to even begin creating. See many people who say no to abortion are living a easy life while people who lie in the "real world" will say yes because we know what it is like to have problems in life. Many people can barely afford the mortgage on their home less raise a child or yet another."
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  • +2 +4 -2 Iris Apr. 28, 2015
    "I think that abortion should legally remain an option. Some women may not feel ready to have a baby. If the choice of having an abortion is taken away from them, then they are forced to give birth. After giving birth, many of these women may give up their babies for adoption. There are so many things that could go wrong after that. Children may be adopted into families that cannot properly care for them. Some foster homes may not be as welcoming and caring, despite passing social service tests. Until they are 18, these children have to go through a stressful life, moving from home to home, if they are not adopted. After they are 18, they are all alone- new set of problems will be released. If a woman knows that she is not ready and will be giving up her baby once it is born, abortion during the early stages if pregnancy may be the way to go."
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  • +2 +3 -1 Brian C. Apr. 15, 2015
    "What if a woman gets raped? Should she keep the baby or not?"
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    • 0 +1 -1 charles bunch Apr. 17, 2015
      "no she shouldn't have to bare the burden"
    • -3 0 -3 Cathoilc girl <3 May. 13, 2015
      "yes she should have the baby and no she should give it to adoption if her life is unstable and then she shouldn't have sex anymore if she is either to young or just doesn't wasn't a baby. Okay bye JESUS LOVES YOU ALL TRUST IN THE LORD"
    • -4 0 -4 dot Apr. 20, 2015
      "still a miracle"
  • +2 +9 -7 emily Mar. 24, 2015
    "Abortion is one of the few rights women in society get to have and it shouldn't be taken away from them. Yes everyone says their is equal opportunity for both genders in todays generation, but is there really. Women are held back by the barriers of society and social norms. It is normal to think of women's roles in households and never in high positions in companies. By letting women get to choose their own decision for their OWN body, this helps empower them and help them build confidence. This is the woman's choice not some stranger in a crowd or the government. It's her decision and people should respect it and instead of belittling her, help her through the difficult situation."
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    • +1 +1 0 Please explain? Apr. 2, 2015
      "@Calvin: The fetus is using its body to harm the woman. Being pregnant is dangerous and requires constant care of the fetus. So why is it allowed to hurt the innocent woman? Sound like an odd double standard."
    • 0 +1 -1 Calvin Vandegrift Apr. 1, 2015
      "Not sure if I understand. You're saying that you have the right to do whatever you want with your own body? If you're using you're body to hurt an innocent child's body is that ok? Also, what's wrong with women who simply want to stay home? Why do they have to feel guilty? What I really don't understand is why women don't have more compassion than this, I mean seriously."
  • +2 +8 -6 Anonymus Jan. 27, 2015
    "Abortion is a choice. Something that seems to be ignored is the fact that there are some people for whom carrying children is dangerous, due to the size of their frame or pre-existing medical conditions."
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  • +1 +2 -1 Ignorance Is Curable May. 16, 2015
    "Part 1 of many: abortion should be legal because, in this day and age, there is no valid argument for making it illegal.

    Example: The US Constitution uses the word "person" throughout, and doesn't use the word "human" even once. Therefore, to make abortion illegal under the Constitution, it is necessary to prove that an unborn human qualifies as a person. Well, besides invoking dictionary definitions (which were created by humans for human purposes, and thus are biased), abortion opponents CANNOT prove that unborn humans qualify as persons. There is vastly more scientific evidence, in fact, that dolphins qualify as persons!

    There is also the matter of the Census; the Constitution REQUIRES that all persons be counted, but NO unborn human has EVER been counted as a person, in any Census, including the first Census of 1790, with its details specified by the Founding Fathers. Therefore, not only do we know what the highly religious Founding Fathers thought about unborn human personhood, we have more than two centuries of Legal Precedent, in which personhood has not been associated with unborn humans.

    So not only can abortion remain legal, it could have been legalized long before Roe vs Wade."
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  • +1 +2 -1 Ignorance Is Curable May. 16, 2015
    "Part 2a of many: abortion should be legal because, in this day and age, there is no valid argument for making it illegal.

    Many anti-abortion arguments depend on dictionary definitions, mostly these: "A member of the species Homo Sapiens has specific DNA and is a human being" and "A person is a human being". Therefore any entity having full H.Sapiens DNA is a person. However, it is easy to prove that that logic is WRONG.

    We simply examine a human cuticle cell, which has full DNA, and is killed in large numbers during manicures and pedicures. Modern "cloning" and "stem cell" research shows that EVERY such cell has the potential to divide many times, becoming a whole human body, just like a human zygote.

    Potential is POTENTIAL. Opposing abortion means insisting that that potential MUST be fulfilled. Thus if the zygote is a human being because of its DNA and its potential, so also is the cuticle cell, and EVERY other human cell that has the full set of DNA! Manicurists kill many human beings, cuticle cells with potential, and so are mass murderers! OR, we conclude the dictionary definition of "human being" is WRONG, and therefore the anti-abortion logic based on the dictionary definition is also wrong."
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  • +1 +8 -7 Donivan Feb. 1, 2015
    "I don't think anyone has a right to use another's body regardless of what that person does. I have friends trying to tell me we should force inmates to participate in drug or medical trials. Their arguments sound similar to the "force a woman to be pregnant" crowd. They decide these inmates lost rights by doing something, and can save people's lives if we take their rights to their body away. It seems like a slippery slope, and society needs to stop moving in this direction. No one has a right to anyone's body without their permission, and nothing anyone does automatically grants that permission."
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    • +1 +1 0 Duh Apr. 2, 2015
      "You are taking away someone's right to their body when you say it must be used to house another being. Duh! How do you think the being is cared for? How do you think the being gets food? Do you think the woman should be arrested for drinking alcohol? If yes, then you just took her rights away by forcing her to stay pregnant. Do you think a woman should be arrested for eating foods her doctor says are unsafe when pregnant (like fish with mercury, or if she has gestational diabetes)? This happens! Women with gestational diabetes have been arrested for not treating it, and then not even given prenatal care while in custody. You make no sense if you think forcing someone to be pregnant is somehow different than forcing them to do anything else with their body.

      If you use your hand to stab someone and the police arrest you, to be equivalent to the woman the police would then require you to donate a kidney to save the person you just attacked.

      If you are trying to get at the self-defense aspect with the attack, clearly people have a right to defend themselves. If someone tries to mug me and I stab them, is that "murder?" If someone tries to use your uterus and you stab them, is that "murder?""
    • +1 +1 0 Calvin Vandegrift Mar. 30, 2015
      "There is no "force a woman to get pregnant crowd". There is however a crowd that wants to save children from being murdered. No one is taking away anyone's right to there body. If I'm using my hand to stab someone and I get arrested does that mean that my privacy has been violated?"
    • 0 0 0 Alexus Sep. 17, 2015
      "you used your mother's body to be born? what makes you any different than an unplanned child?"
  • +1 +29 -28 Emily F. age 12 Nov. 21, 2014
    "Abortion is MURDER. Innocent babies killed? All you abortion mothers out there, YOU DONT CARE ABOUT YOUR CHILDREN! You want a baby? You will get a baby! Sexual harassment is one thing, but actually choosing to have sex is another thing. You can't just have sex and not expect to get pregnant."
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    • +4 +6 -2 Slavery Nov. 21, 2014
      "Forcing a woman to be pregnant against her will is slavery. Slavery is worse."
    • 0 +1 -1 Emily f age 12 Jan. 23, 2015
      "I'm sorry. I didn't realize what I was coming across as"
    • 0 +1 -1 Ireland. 13 years ol Jan. 13, 2015
      "I understand."
  • 0 0 0 lefteercs Oct. 1, 2015
    "I refuse to be forced into taking one side or the other unconditionally as many of us seem to be doing these days on so many complex and controversial issues which is very disappointing. That said, I am generally pro choice BUT I am NOT in favor of late term abortions UNLESS they are associated with cases where there are severe birth defects or severe risk to the mother. While I understand there may be cases where giving birth may result in severe hardship to the mother, I feel that by 21 weeks we are no longer talking about a fetus but a human life and that abortion may not be a humane solution - from the baby's perspective. My understanding is that a very small percentage of late term abortions are cases are NOT associated with severe birth defects or severe risk to the mother. This is what we should be talking about. Not simply whether one unconditionally supports abortion or not, which is stupid."
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  • 0 +3 -3 charles bunch Apr. 17, 2015
    "technically the child hasent formed yet so no its not murder. but why didn't they use protection. its just logical not every one can be stupid"
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    • -1 +1 -2 Catholic girl<3 May. 13, 2015
      "No not everyone can be stupid although what you say really is the child's life starts at the moment of conception it says so in the bible and if you don't belive the bible then I assure you I have found evidence that a scienetist said the same thing as the bible saying the babys life starts at the moment of conception"
  • 0 +7 -7 Jade Apr. 16, 2015
    "I find it interesting, and quite ironic, how the people that are pro-life have no other argument than "KILLING BABIES IS CRUEL. IMAGINE IF IT WAS YOU!!!!1!!!!111!!!". I really would love to see the average IQ of pro-life vs. pro-choice. Because it is quite evident that pro-life arguers do not know a single thing about embryonic development and pregnancy. First of all, it isn't the "baby" that you are all thinking of until very late in the pregnancy (when it is typically illegal to get an abortion unless it is life-threatening). Personally, I think that those that aren't educated shouldn't be able to make a decision until they are. Educate yourselves. Read. Get your head out of the Bible and into an eighth-grade biology book"
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    • -2 +4 -6 Cat May. 11, 2015
      "This comment doesn't make sense. Firstly, the bible has been ahead of human society for thousands of years, it told people not to eat pork at a time when pork could not be properly treated. It taught hygeine in a time of no hygeine, gave a written law when most societies had none. In addition it was ahead of ancient culture's in its moral stability and fair trials "in the eyes of two or three witnesses." If more people had their heads inthe bible for the thousands of years instead of waiting for the "eighth-grade biology book" then infectious diseases would have been better prevented and epidemics like the black death and the spanish influenza could have been more quickly contained. Finally, your argument is a form of the logical fallicy 'dicto simpliciter' or your sweeping statement that pro-life activists "do not know a single thing about embryonic development and pregnancy". I'm sorry but I can't accept a fallacy like this as a valid argument."
  • 0 +10 -10 Nobody Feb. 19, 2015
    "Abortion is a choice of a woman. No matter what ever the law states, abortion is going to play a big role in our society. It is right many woman fight for and an act many women struggle to have. Abortion may seem like killing the innocence, but it is a choice the woman and her family should be taking. Make this an option. Don't deny any women. It is their choice, let them make their decision. We stay to guide them to the right path, not to deny theirs."
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  • -1 0 -1 Its their choice Sep. 15, 2015
    "Abortion in general is stupid and i believe it is wrong. But what a woman does is her problem and no one elses, point, blank, period."
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  • -1 0 -1 Brian Dickerson Aug. 24, 2015
    "Probably yes, it should be legal.
    The difficult question, perhaps, is under what circumstances. At some point, we are aborting a human child. A born-alive child is recognized as such upon emergence from the womb, even before its first breath. Pre- or full-term, it is a human being.

    That child is the same, whether in the doctor's hands two seconds after delivery or in its mother in the seconds just prior to birth. And the hours prior, the days and weeks prior. Calling the child a fetus doesn't change that reality."
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    • 0 0 0 Clark Aug. 25, 2015
      "Abortion should probably be illegal at the same point that forced organ donation is illegal. If we can force someone to donate marrow, we should be able to force a woman to donate her uterus. It just seems fair."
  • -1 +1 -2 Stephanie Aug. 7, 2015
    "No one have the right to tell you what to do with your body. It was your action so there for its your choice. Its crazy how out of the blues people come into your life judging you and making your own decisions. There is no type of fair in this. Look it now 14 year old are having babies and people who are saying we shouldn't have abortion are just getting to there heads thinking its okay. Its not bad but why waist your life and slow it down for something you could do when you get older."
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  • -1 +1 -2 TJ Aug. 1, 2015
    "If the unborn was a person, they would let us claim them as a dependent on our taxes before they are born. The truth is, only about 44% of all pregnancies end up in a live birth, not counting voluntary abortions. So more than half of all pregnancies end anyway, even without being aborted. There is no person until you are born and outside the womb breathing."
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  • -1 0 -1 Tom Aug. 1, 2015
    "There is a money issue here that the con side will not even think of, less consider. Let's say Abortion becomes illegal again. We already spend hundreds off millions of personal and tax dollars for births and care of children born to the poor. Why would we want to bankrupt the states by adding another 500,000 to a million more births each year to the system, and food stamps for 18 years or more. To me that seems like it would bankrupt each states system real fast and a place we really don't want to go to. I just think it would be a tremendous cost to the system and taxpayers that is already overburdened with cost for the poor and needy. If they can't pay, who will ? You and me, that's who. I would imagine it cost a pretty penny for EACH baby they "SAVE" from abortion, probably $300,000 to $500,000 each baby.......yet the Cons (Pro-Life side) don't feel it's there place to help pay anything to help these mothers and's like they want their cake and eat it too. For that reason, I think they should have ABSOLUTELY no say in the matter."
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  • -1 0 -1 kasidie hazelrigg Jul. 11, 2015
    "i believe that a woman who has concived a child via rape or unwilling sex should have the right to abort for emotional/ phycological reasons. but as well, women who willingly had unprotected sex/ or sex and became pregnant and did not want a child should not be allowed to abort because she was willing to take the chance and did not think about the later conciquences or reprocuttions of that action
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  • -1 0 -1 anonymous Jun. 11, 2015
    "There is no "I'm against abortions but there should be exceptions" If rape victims have the right to abortion, we ALL have the right to abortion. You cannot just give certain right to certain people."
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  • -1 +2 -3 Claire Mar. 31, 2015
    "Abortion is the kind of thing that can't be completely illegal. White republican men who control laws can't possible know every situation a woman could be in. There are definitely reasons I think are more valid than others, but ultimately other people can't control whether a woman should make a lifetime commitment or not. The most valid reason in my opinion is a situation where the mother and/or baby will die in birth. How can you possibly force a woman to die like that? This is also mostly a religious debate, because if you are religious you think a fetus has a soul. But if you're not, like myself, you don't really consider it a person until about 24 weeks in, where it can survive outside."
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  • -1 +7 -8 Pro-Choice Feb. 10, 2015
    "Two main reasons why abortion should be legal: (1) in the case that a woman is raped, and (2) in the case that a child is conceived without intention of the couple to have and raise a child. Clearly, in the first case, abortion should be an option for any woman. In addition to the trauma and humiliation of being sexually abused, why would anyone want to force a woman to keep a child that was forced upon her? Want to support women's rights? Give them the opportunity to take control of their lives when things go awry and a life altering event has taken place. In the second, more often disputed case, one must look at the effects of whether or not a couple truly wants to have a child. If a child is conceived without intent to raise a child, the said child will grow up unwanted and may even be neglected. Even though most parents might be able to "learn to love" their child, in many cases, the right environment to raise a child may not be present. Financial hardship, family issues, and numerous other problems can come in the way of raising a child in the loving, caring environment that it deserves. People should be able to have a child when they feel ready as well as be able to opt out if they are not."
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    • +1 +1 0 Calvin Vandegrift Mar. 30, 2015
      "You said above that a couple may accidentally conceive a child when they don't want one. They could at least use birth control and if nothing else why are they having sex if they don't want a child. Couples shouldn't be having sex if they aren't interested in children. Also if the woman chooses to abort, why not allow a couple that has a child that's already born to kill it too? What's the real difference? Killing a child is much worse than letting that same child grow up in a bad environment in fact I think that's insane."
    • +1 +2 -1 James C. Feb. 13, 2015
      ""How may I help you?"
      "Yes, I would like to return this baby please."
      "Ok, your change would be $responsibility."

      We in America prefer to value human life. Don't teach children that other peoples live don't matter even if they have yet to be aware of the world.
      There was a time when people wondered if black people had a soul. There was a time that people would stab themselves if they failed. If finances are your argument, how much is your life worth."
    • -2 0 -2 No Forced Pregnancy Feb. 13, 2015
      "James C. : That is a lot of words for "We in America prefer not to value and respect women's lives.""
  • -1 +7 -8 Chelsie Oct. 20, 2014
    "As a woman, I wouldn't want anyone telling me what I can and cannot do with my body. Someone else's view on what I should do with my body should not determine what happens to it. If I get pregnant and feel like I am in no right place to take care of a child then I have the right to abort the fetus. If I was ever raped and I got pregnant from that rape, then why would I want a constant reminder of what happened to me? What if I could die from my pregnancy? There are so many reasons as to why abortions should be legal. This article shows the pros for abortion and they are all mostly medical reasons. The cons are reasons such as "god finds it wrong" or "the founding fathers did not want this for our country". Believe it or not America, but there are people who are not religious.
    Stop telling women what they can and can't do with THEIR BODIES."
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  • -2 +4 -6 BEN Drowned Mar. 6, 2015
    "People say abortion is muder but its not,If woman want to have a abortion they should.The child is isn't born.Think of it this way; If you got raped and got pregenant"
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  • -2 +6 -8 The sensible one Jan. 11, 2015
    "Well, to put it in a way that everyone can understand, women have been oppressed for thousands of years. What right does anyone, and I mean ANYONE have to take them away? Are you having the kid? No. Are you the one stuck carrying it for 9 months? No. Are you the all knowing and loving God? Goodness no, if you are then get me a lambo with 30 million dollars. But you arn't. So stop acting like it and let god do his plan. He has a plan for everyone, who's to say abortion isn't part of it, maybe God thought "Hey this kids pretty awesome, hes already got a pass to heaven." If not, then give the people the GOD GIVEN RIGHT to CHOOSE. GOD GAVE THEM THE RIGHT. So. Uh. Think you have more say then God? If so then take their rights away. But you'll have him to answer to. so. Yeah. Uh. ... Stop reducing women to material objects that you can tell what to do and get over it, God's already forgiven them."
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    • +2 +2 0 No forced births Apr. 1, 2015
      "@ Calvin: God must be pro-choice. I cannot fathom a God that would tell someone to just suffer through abuse without defending themselves. The very notion is such a 'blame the victim' attitude that it will only drag society down. You cannot justify using another's body against their will and expect a good outcome in society. We can already see the damage it is causing in poor maternal and fetal outcomes. The families caught up in these damaging attitudes and laws are often confused. They "just want to be good parents," they say, "why is the state doing this?" they ask. Half the time they can't even see how the "women can't decide for themselves" and "its not your body, but the fetus's body" messages are what is causing the extreme measures. Their families suffer over it. Too many families suffer over it. God would never condone this."
    • 0 0 0 The sensible female. Apr. 4, 2015
      "That's right for THEIR bodies NOT the babies. If a pregnant mother is murdered the murderer is charged with a double murder, so how is it just her body?"
    • -1 +1 -2 Calvin Vandegrift Mar. 30, 2015
      "Killing someone to send them to heaven is insane. The bible says that murder is wrong, so I'm pretty sure that God is not pro-choice. Also, no one said that women shouldn't have control over there body, all anyone ever said was that murder should be against the law."
    • -2 0 -2 Byron B Mar. 5, 2015
      "I know over the years that women have been warped into sex objects to gratify mens' desires. I get that. Despite movies and media constantly bombarding us with this message, many men have "woken up" and realize how incredible women really are (as equal partners).

      I would like to point out that though you made a convincing reason for people to let women use their God-given agency (or choice), many will use the God-given right to justify their side for saving the child's life as well.

      Also, I may not be a woman and have to go through carrying a child for 9 months, but I do know from dozens of one-on-one interviews that the sickness, the added weight, the mood swings, and of course the unspeakable pain that comes from the childbirth moment are always always always worth it. I have observed that the moment a mother sees and holds her baby for the first time, they are bonded for life as the mother silently pledges to do all in her power to nurture and love that baby."
    • -2 +1 -3 James C. Feb. 23, 2015
      "You want the right to abort a child. Shouldn't the child get the right to live. God would frown on murdering another "potential" human being. Not that that should hold any barring on legal matters.

      "Hey this kids pretty awesome, he has already got a pass to heaven."
      Damn you are one cruel person. Death isn't a joke. Besides, you aren't the voice of god. You can't kill a fetus and say it was god's will. If you do, that's heresy.

      Stop reducing children into objects."
  • -2 +8 -10 Samantha Dec. 3, 2014
    "A woman's body is her own, let them do what they want too. Its nobody else's business. Everyone and the government should just stay out of it."
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    • 0 0 0 The children's voice Apr. 4, 2015
      "Including the mother when it comes to the other body inside her right? Or is that the only exception, putting a baby through pain just because their "mother" says so?"
  • -2 +8 -10 Marg Jun. 24, 2014
    "Oppression and slavery are the worst sins. Forcing people to use their bodies against their will to sustain anyone is infinitely worse than the potential loss of life by terminating such an arrangement. It is impossible to do anything to deserve having your body used against your will."
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    • +3 +4 -1 Marg Jul. 11, 2014
      "Reina C: I feel sad that you think a woman's life is worth less than other life. Forcing a woman to use her body to sustain anyone places her value at less than a corpse. We don't even force organ donation by corpses not using their organs, but a woman? Yes, lets force her to risk her life sustaining another being against her will. In the US with great medical care 1 in 4800 women still DIE from pregnancy complications. In countries with less medical care the number is 1 in 7. Pregnancy is dangerous, and so much more dangerous than accepting an organ from a corpse.

      I respect all life, I am just a realist regarding who is allowed to use other people's bodies against their will."
    • -1 +1 -2 Reina C Jun. 28, 2014
      "I feel bad for you that you think human life is an "arrangement".. How sad you must be...."
  • -2 +19 -21 Russell Crawford May. 26, 2014
    "One of the Scientific Abortion Laws makes it clear that any choice to have sex is implied consent to abortion. Why? 70 percent of all conceptions end in natural abortion. Therefore, any choice to have sex will end in abortion 70 percent of the time.
    A natural abortion (miscarriage) is in fact not normally planned or initiated by a woman. However, the knowledge that she will abort 70 percent of her conceptions should be obvious. If she is not aware of the 70 percent figure, surely she is aware that she will abort at least 20 / 30 percent of her conceptions. So she is aware of what she is doing.
    The fact is that pro lifers believe that a zygote/embryo/fetus is a baby. So they know that they are simply creating a baby that they know will die.
    Pro lifers intentionally have sex knowing they will cause the death of a baby. However, pro choice women frequently do not believe the zygote is a baby. So when they choose to have sex, they are not making an intentional choice to kill a baby. In the case of pro lifers, they choose to have sex knowing a baby will die and in the case of pro choice women they choose to have sex not believing they are killing a baby. Which is the moral position?"
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    • +4 +4 0 MiriB. Jun. 20, 2014
      "Jamie: I believe the point being made is that having sex is conducting an act where you know the outcome will be death in most cases. In other scenarios, that would be neglect. People go to jail for that.

      Pointing out how we treat a fetus differently than a person is incredibly important. I had many many miscarrages until it was found I had a disorder. If a fetus is a person, why aren't my doctors being charged with malpractice? I can see after the first one they could say "we didn't know", but when you get to the third if it was a person heads would roll. Imagine a doctor allowing three adults to die in a row without investigating.

      We even have pregnancy crisis center workers telling women to "hope for a miscarrage." If someone hoped for an adult to die, they could be placed in a psychiatric ward."
    • -3 +1 -4 Jamie Jun. 19, 2014
      ""natural abortion" this is a horrible comparison.

      A miscarriage is not the same as an abortion. A miscarriage is by natural causes. An abortion is a willful act to terminate a living being.

      You might just as well say that murder is not murder, it's actually a natural death. This is, of course, ludicrous.

      Or, you might as well say that since we all know that everyone will die, then it should be okay to kill anyone.. .cause, hey, we're gonna die anyway.

      This is an adolescent attempt to shirk the responsibility involved in MAKING the death happen. Very, very faulty."
  • -3 0 -3 richard Aug. 22, 2015
    "Why do you accept that life begins at conception? Once you accept that you've lost the argument for abortion and there is no reason to accept it. Historically one's right to life began at adulthood. As recently as 19th century in this country one could do whatever one wanted to do to one's children - including kill them - and it was his / hers (but especially his) own affair. Conception was chosen by the Catholic Church as the beginning of life specifically to prevent abortions!!!"
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  • -3 +2 -5 elvia May. 14, 2015
    "yes becuse it is your baby and not thairs think about your self and not others"
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  • -3 +3 -6 Spencer Henluna Mar. 17, 2015
    "abortion should be legalized. you cant tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body. its just not right. Its like telling a squirrel they cant eat nuts. theyre gonna eat the nuts anyway. same goes for females who want abortions. theyre gonna find hat backroad so they can still abort. i dont give a crap what other people tinkk. i mean to be honest, IF YOU DONT WANT A FRICKIN KID, THEN DONT HAVE SEX!!!! THAT SIMPLE!! rape is one thing and unsafe sex is another but either way, its a consious choice thats personal and nobody should be able to tell you what you can and cant do with you. because its YOU!!"
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  • -3 +4 -7 Claire Dec. 31, 2014
    "I think abortion should be legal for a few reasons. 1. If the woman can prove that she was raped or her life is in danger.
    2. People will still do it whether or not it's legal, if you make it legal, there'll be less back alley abortions.
    3. Taxpayers should not have to pay for this. The parents or woman should pay for it
    4. People can choose to smoke, they know that it's not right, but they still do it. People can choose to get an abortion, and it's wrong. But they fully know what they are doing."
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    • +2 +2 0 Autonomy Jan. 6, 2015
      "Ellie and Daisy: Slavery is a crime to. So are you advocating to enslave women who don't want to be pregnant? Whenever there are unjust laws, there will be civil disobedience. That is why there are back ally abortions. Women know it is their body, and in any other instance we do not grant others the right to use ones body against their wish. Rape is illegal. Taking someones organs is illegal. Using someone's body is illegal even if using their body saves your life.

      Finally, enough with adoption! 1) Adoption is an alternative to parenting, NOT pregnancy. Pregnant really is damaging to a body in a way parenting is not. 2) There are so many kids out there to adopt! So many just waiting for homes. My state alone has over 100K just waiting to be adopted. Please adopt! A child is waiting for you."
    • -1 0 -1 ellie Jan. 6, 2015
      "Well actually in your first paragraph you stated the word "I" which means that is an opinion and you can't really prove that so therefore you do not have facts to prove. Abortion is in fact murder which is a crime. A baby receives his heartbeat at the mere age of 4 weeks after fertilization and a heartbeats indicates a human being so this action is actually a crime."
    • -2 0 -2 Daisy Jan. 6, 2015
      "Yes there will be less back alley abortions, but there is adoption. If people are unable to take care of the baby once it is born then they can set it up so the baby can be adopted by a couple that can't have children. Abortion is basically murder. If you have an abortion it's just like murdering an adult."
  • -3 +5 -8 Amanda Oct. 20, 2014
    "If a child is raped and their only 13 years old would you want your daughter to carry around a unwanted child for 9 months.... think about how much it would changes the childs life... forever."
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  • -3 +8 -11 Josh Aug. 30, 2014
    "Of course abortion should be legal. The world is overpopulated and that's one reason it's good with abortion. Another is that life is mostly cruel and depression becomes more and more common. It's therefore very egoistic to create another being to this suffering, only because you yourself want a bit of fun with your child in your otherwise dark and empty life. A human life is of no worth in the big whole, it doesn't matter if someone is born or not, maybe on a personal level for the mother or people the born will get to know etc, but sooner or later they too will die and nothing but history will remain and it will to fade away to nothing,"
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  • -3 +14 -17 Ken Magnuson Jun. 25, 2014
    "I am pro-choice. I believe life begins at conception, but I do not consider abortion murder. This is because a fetus is not a "separate" life until it is born. I consider abortion much like cutting off one's finger, which is not murder even though the finger becomes dead flesh. That finger was not a separate life, so removing it from life support is not murder.
    Abortion is never a desirable choice. No one ever said, "I feel good. Let's go have an abortion." Abortion is always chosen as the lesser of two evils. Giving birth should never be considered as punishment for engaging in sex. This demeans the value of life. I hope I never stand in judgement of a woman, who is in a position that I will never stand in (I am male).
    I am willing to compromise and disallow third trimester abortions. The fetus is not yet a "separate" life, but by this point is a "separable" life. That is enough of a gray area that I am willing to concede that area to pro-lifers.
    I hope that I, and any woman that I am with, never chose abortion, but I will not throw stones at those who do. The most admirable phrase that I have heard on this subject is that "Abortion should be safe, legal, and rare." That is a goal that I am willing to work for."
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  • -3 +11 -14 Russell Crawford May. 26, 2014
    "Abortion is controlled by Scientific Laws that show abortion saves life and pro life ideas lead to death. It is a scientific fact that pro lifers have a choice, they may save innocent born babies, children and adults or they may make the choice to let them die and save a fetus instead.
    There are 1.8 born people dying each second. They are dying faster than they can be saved. If pro lifers choose to save them, then they can in fact be saved. If pro lifers choose to let them die and save a fetus instead, then they die. Of course that is true for all other people as well. But there is only one group of people that claim to save life and in fact choose to let born people die in an effort to save fetuses.
    The legal concept of "murder by omission" applies here. Pro lifers have a duty to save life because they in fact claim to save life. However, instead of saving life, pro lifers choose to let one life die in an effort to save a zygote. The most enlightening part of their situation is that there is only a 30 percent chance that any zygote will become a born human. So when a pro lifer makes the choice to let a baby die to save a zygote, he fails 70 percent of the time. In that situation, babies and zygotes both die."
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  • -3 +10 -13 Someone May. 15, 2014
    "ok, so why don't you have a baby, sure. why not? and what if you're poor? oh ok. still lets have the baby. it'd be so cruel to have an abortion. why don't we put the child through the pain of most likely being placed in an orphanage, with crap education, bullying, depression, and in a lot of cases, suicide. So basically, you torture the child, with many of them not making it, or you kill them before they have experienced any of it."
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    • -2 0 -2 That Guy Mar. 4, 2015
      "I know at least two couples who are unable to have children after exhausting every option. To make a long story short.... one couple adopted and all they talk about is what a blessing it was in their lives when they chose to adopt. Also, this couple miraculously managed to have their own child a few years later. The second couple ended up adopting 2 little girls and are in the process of adopting a little boy. The point I'm trying to make is that BOTH COUPLES ARE OVERJOYED THAT THEY HAVE THE CHANCE TO ADOPT AND RAISE THESE SPECIAL CHILDREN.

      There are multiple medicines to take away much of the pain during childbirth too, so that excuse is out the window. If you can't take care of your child, give it up for adoption so that another couple can have the joy of raising him or her."
  • -3 +11 -14 Devon Apr. 13, 2014
    "It's the woman's right to decide what she does with her body. It's not selfish to have an abortion when one doesn't have the money to support the child. Better that then have them raised potentially without basic resources such as food, water, or shelter. In all honesty, people will have abortions regardless of whether or not they're legal. Legal abortions are more sterile and safe. Even if abortion is legal, it doesn't mean you have to get one anyways. This just makes it more available to those who would like to have one."
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  • -3 +9 -12 Nick Apr. 6, 2014
    "Yes, because control of your body is a basic human right. If we cannot have laws that respect and protect human rights, then there is no point to having them at all."
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    • -4 +1 -5 Laura-Anne Apr. 15, 2014
      "The right to live is a basic right also, why is that not important to you. I bet it would be if it was YOUR life in question!"
  • -3 +10 -13 Daniel Morey Mar. 27, 2014
    "I am Pro choice because what if you are raped or molested. Its not your fault. If your not capable to raise that child you can either abort them or you can have the child and give them up for adoption. Nobody should be forced to keep the child if their not ready for it."
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  • -3 +17 -20 Alexa Feb. 27, 2014
    "Let's say there's a bus crash. Many people are hurt. You made it out unscathed, and you're at the hospital after the accident. The hospital is running out of blood for transfusions. People are hurt and in need of blood, and you are healthy enough to be a donor. But you are not obligated to give up your blood to someone.

    Your sister is very sick and needs a liver transplant. You are a perfect match, and a piece of your liver could help her get better. You are still not obligated to donate your liver and undertake all of those surgical risks.

    You have a tiny child. It's only a few weeks past conception so it in order to survive it needs to live in your body, use up your nutrients and energy, and runs a significant risk of causing you serious or even fatal complications. Even if it's a true person and your child, you are not obligated to give up your body for it.

    No one should be forced to risk their life for the sake of another. They can make that choice if they wish to, but they shouldn't be forced towards either choice. Pregnancy takes a huge physical, emotional, and financial toll on a mother, even in the best of circumstances. People have a right to authority over their bodies and their health."
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    • +5 +6 -1 Krystal R. Mar. 7, 2014
      "I very much agree with your post. I really like and understand your post!"
  • -3 +11 -14 Catana Jan. 6, 2014
    "Abortion should always be a woman's choice without question. Nobody has the right to dictate to a woman what she can or cannot do with her body for any reason ever. Life begins when the fetus can survive on its own outside of the womb."
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  • -4 +3 -7 Rita Feb. 12, 2015
    "The ignorance of some people blow my mind. You have to put it in other ways besides just saying "youre killing your own child" or "well they were irresponsible so they deserve the consequences" that is the only thing that you can say as to why it may be a bad decision. What youre not considering is that these options were put here for a reason so that people actually have a choice. as selfish as abortions may seem, think about peoples situations and how THEY feel. people get pregnant thats how it goes, but there are plenty of people who cant have a child due to their circumstances. Perhaps they are poor/struggling and couldnt afford to raise a child, couldnt give it all it needed/deserved. Bringing in a child that you cannot raise is just as selfish, is it not? Women have their reasons and they have their rights and you dont have to like it. However, if youre just out sleeping around, guy after guy and not knowing who the father is, then no i dont think its acceptable and i dont support you. But, if she has a completely understandable reason why she chose abortion as an option, whether you find it understandable or not. She did what she felt was best, and there are so many women who appreciate being able to have that choice."
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    • +2 +2 0 Rita Feb. 12, 2015
      "People have sex and people are going to have sex. People make mistakes. People do things that get themselves into situation that they did not mean to get in. Its just life. 40 years ago i guarantee so many women wished that their was another option. And then u expect women to give their baby away to strangers? Some women clearly find abortion much easier than adoption. Think about if it were your 15 year old daughter, she made a mistake. Wouldnt you want her to know she had options? That she didnt HAVE to do this? Should she be having sex? No. But do people have sex? Yes. and for you to tell people "well stop having sex" sounds ridiculous. What if the mother was in an abusive relationship? Say shes pregnant, getting beat on by the father of her child, could you imagine bringing your baby into that type of tragedy? I say this because I experienced this. For all of you who have not experienced this/or other situations, you should NOT judge others. For those of you who have brought a healthy baby into the world and you can raise it and give it everything, thats a blessing. But for those who choose abortion, does NOT mean that when the time is right, they wont be a great mom & unconditionally love the baby they will some day have"
  • -4 +7 -11 Chloe Jul. 24, 2014
    "It truly is the mothers choice and no one else should tell her "this child will have to be yours. You must care for it and cannot do harm to it." If the mom doesn't feel ready for a baby yet, why force it? If this world has places like china where you cannot have more than one child, I'm sure we have plenty of people in this world. Killing ONE before its lived a full life will not make a difference."
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  • -4 +11 -15 Josh May. 22, 2014
    "One more thing I need to mention. In my opinion, no one should be able to take away a person's right to the freedom of choice. Everyone should have the right to choose what they want to do with themselves. If you think abortions are right, I'm fine with that, that's your choice. But I don't think it's ok for people to refuse to give people a choice in the matter. Like I said, everyone has the right to choice."
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    • 0 0 0 b Sep. 21, 2015
      "not everyone needs a choice what if they are drunk"
    • 0 0 0 Joish Jul. 23, 2014
      "@Genesis There are a few problems I have with you're statement, but I guess I should start off by saying that all of those methods that are used to prevent abortion (the exception being abstinence), are not a 100% guarantee. Also, do you have any scientific proof to back up your claims that abortion is murder, or are you just speaking from a personal or religious opinion, because I'm sure there are plenty of pro-choice people that would be glad to show you that life does not begin at conception. But in the end you'll probably just ignore and continue spotting the same stuff you always say, because that's just how "discussions" like this go isn't it."
    • 0 0 0 Josh Jun. 20, 2014
      "@Jamie the reason that abortion is different than the choices you're implying is that drinking and driving has physical consequence to outside forces, i.e. pedestrians, other drivers, and damage to property. Abortion, on the other hand, has no physical ramifications to an outside party. and before you give me the old argument of "but your killing baby's." I have actually tried to research the other side of the argument. The main problem I've run into is that there is no one definite opinion on where life begins. I've seen arguments ranging from it beginning at conception to beginning at birth, and everything in between."
    • 0 +1 -1 Jamie Jun. 19, 2014
      "Josh we already do not give people the choice to drink and drive. You agree with this lost freedom to choose, right?

      So why are you against losing the freedom to terminate an unborn child?

      Saying that you are against limiting abortions simply because it limits choice is not a good argument. You must go further to explain why this choice (to have an abortion) is different than the choice to drink and drive."
    • -1 0 -1 Genesis Jul. 22, 2014
      "Abortion is murder and we say murder is wrong and they will be punished for their crime so doctors and woman that practice abortion should go to jail and plus if they didn't want to get pregnant their are so many ways to prevent pregnancy or don't have sex at all if your not ready to be a parent its not right to take a innocent life just because they didn't take the steps necessary to prevent pregnancy. Also their are so many couples that want a baby and cant so they should have the right to adopt a baby. Its funny that you think its ok to get in abortion since you already had the chance to live then its ok. Think about this what if you got aborted you wont like it. We don't know the pain that the babies go throw when they get ripped apart by the doctors"
  • -4 +10 -14 Needs to be said! May. 22, 2014
    "It's a woman's body, no one else's. SHE and NO ONE ELSE has the right to decide what is best for her. Men and women who have never had an abortion think it's okay to decide for someone else's body. you feel like woman are being selfish but aren't you? Do you really want a poverty stricken child because your god thinks they're bad? Dictate YOUR own life, not some one else's."
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  • -4 +9 -13 Josh May. 19, 2014
    "I personally think abortion should be legal. But here's something for the pro-life people should think about. You say that people could always send kids they don't want to adoption centers, right? But I have seen plenty of cases were adoption centers have stopped taking more children because could barely handle the ones they have, and sure that will happen more if abortion and contraceptives are outlawed. Think about that."
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  • -4 +3 -7 Roberta de Masellis May. 19, 2014
    "I believe in the women's right to choose because women will seek abortions due to their individual reasons. Most intelligent countries allow abortion to save the woman's life, and 59 countries to preserve health, 13 countries on socioeconomic grounds and 61 without restriction except many within 1st trimester. It is not as if we were a dying breed! It is not as if everyone who gives birth is a great parent! We have to have a license to drive but anyone can reproduce. We are the only industrialized country to turn abortion into a religious and legal argument!!! Like freedom of religion, it should be a personal choice!!!!!!"
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  • -4 +5 -9 jim May. 19, 2014
    "We are over populated and drowning in our own waste now"
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  • -4 +11 -15 bradley turiel May. 2, 2014
    "I am pro. it isn't up to politicians or others to say whether it is right or not, it is only up to the woman who is having it done. if u r against it fine don't have one"
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  • -4 +13 -17 Thomas Apr. 30, 2014
    "I think abortion should be legal, up to the point of where it feels pain (26 weeks as this article states.) but could be later if something was to develop endangering the mother or the child. (If not physically, mentally.)
    I know many of the Pro-Life will stand by the adoption process, and it can work, but the mother shouldn't have to give birth for someone else to have a baby. The woman would wait months and feel intense pain for the child that she wouldn't even want. 'It's their responsibility' Pro-lifers may say, but it shouldn't be their responsibility to decide that for the mother.
    According to the Donohue-Levitt Hypothesis, the Roe V. Wade making abortion legal actually reduced crime. Being unready or unprepared for bringing a child into this world, could not only hurt the mother's career in life, it could ruin their children's lives. After aborting, a mother, when ready, could begin to start a family. The lives of these potential children are more likely to be better than the one that could have been.
    Truth is, you should decide what is right or wrong. If you think abortion is wrong, don't do it. If your pro-choice and can't handle the responsibility? Make the call."
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  • -4 +9 -13 Reasonable Person Apr. 29, 2014
    "When you get an abortion, most of the time women do it before the baby has even developed, therefore it is technically NOT murder. It is just like killing flu cells. Would you count killing cancer cells as murder? Yeah, I thought not.

    And, it is the woman's right to decide. If she doesn't want to get an abortion? Fine. If she does? Fine. Saying that it should be illegal is like saying it is illegal for someone to wear jeans. I know, crazy right? Well, that's exactly what you're telling these women who want to get an abortion, and can't."
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    • +1 +1 0 Anon Dec. 1, 2014
      "No, it is very different from killing "cells" as all people know it is typically almost completle devoloped, and is removed a few weeks before it is born."
  • -4 +2 -6 kendall Apr. 14, 2014
    "Who ever is getting the abortion could have a good reason for it which is not your business at all. What someone else does does not affect you at all so stay out of other peoples business."
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  • -4 +8 -12 Zachary Fry Apr. 3, 2014
    "Abortion should be legal because even though people may abuse the privilege, but if someone cant afford a baby, or if they get raped, why should we force them to have it."
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  • -4 +25 -29 Adam Mar. 31, 2014
    "What is the meaning of life and why is it important?
    Answer: NO ONE KNOWS

    This is a question we all ask and we come up with possible answers unique from person to person. For some, various religions around the world make the most sense. For others, the scientific method is all they need. The fact is, anything is possible and no one group is 100% correct. There's always the possibility of a god just outside the reach of science, and there's also the possibility there isn't. Also, who's to say what came before and what comes after life won't be better? We just don't know.

    A huge problem arises when people believe their view is the truth, and don't accept the possibility for anything else. Placing restrictions on abortion is a huge example of this.

    I believe that each one of us should decide for themselves what is important to them and their lives, since no one knows the answer to the first question. This is why I'm pro choice."
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    • +2 +2 0 Christy May. 7, 2014
      "I can say I am not sure on the topic either, but I am grateful I have the right to decide for myself since it is my body. I appreciate what you said about people believing their own truth is the only truth for everyone. And I agree that way of thinking is dangerous, because it presumes that one person is not only capable of making a decision for another but presumes to enforce their will on someone to whom they have no ties or genuine interest, honestly. There would be no controversy if the answer were clearly clear every time for everyone. It's really refreshing to hear someone say that no-one knows. Everyone claims to know and not only are sure of their view, but sometimes really nasty in putting it out there. Thanks for an actual thoughtful opinion , Adam."
    • 0 0 0 Adam Apr. 2, 2014
      "I'm interested more in replies than votes. I want to hear opinions."
  • -4 +10 -14 Mike Smith Mar. 25, 2014
    "Abortion is a very cruel thing to do and should never be done. Unless there is something wrong with the baby and it's effecting the carrier in bad ways. Termination of a baby that hasn't even been born yet is torture and disgusting. If you don't want the baby, or you can't afford it, give it up to foster care or put it up for adoption. Don't kill it."
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  • -4 +16 -20 Krystal Rodriguez Mar. 7, 2014
    "I am pro because everyone should have the right to decide what they want in their and body and what they don't. If a person wants an abortion it should be their decision not anybody else's. If you can't care for a child or aren't fit enough to be a parent abortion should really be an option."
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    • -2 0 -2 Genesis Jul. 22, 2014
      "its not only their body when they are pregnant they have another human begin in there that they have to think about if they didn't want the baby they shouldn't be having sex or prevent from getting pregnant because its easy to say im not ready for a baby but maybe if you didn't have sex then that wouldn't be the problem but no you rather get in abortion because they didn't do what they had to do to not get pregnant so they say im going to take the life of a innocent and beautiful baby"
    • -4 0 -4 Brianna Mar. 20, 2014
      "If you wanted to decide what was in your body, then why would you have sex/ get pregnant in the first place?"
  • -4 +11 -15 Canaan Mar. 5, 2014
    "you have cnotrol of your body and whats inside it, if the baby cant feel and hasnt developed yet then who cares"
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    • -1 0 -1 James C. Feb. 23, 2015
      "That is why we need to step in and protect it. Matter of fact if you were raped you should understand how it feels to be forced to do something. You shouldn't want to force death on your child."
    • -2 0 -2 Brianna Mar. 20, 2014
      "20 weeks after contraception, the baby can feel. that is a set fact"
  • -4 +14 -18 Lilane Feb. 17, 2014
    "iam pro because I WENT THROUGH AN ABORTION and it saved my life and i feel the life of the child. very bad place and time for a baby to come into this world."
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    • 0 +1 -1 Brianna Mar. 20, 2014
      "How did having an abortion save the life of the child if you killed it before it even had a chance?"
  • -4 +8 -12 Haley Feb. 6, 2014
    "The fetus belongs to the mother, not the government. They should stay out of it."
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    • 0 +2 -2 Unknown Feb. 27, 2014
      "so just because a child belongs to someone they have the right to take their life? what you are saying is that any law involving killing someone shouldn't be in affect because no one belongs to the government"
    • -1 +2 -3 person Feb. 13, 2014
      "so true!"
  • -4 +11 -15 Kara Feb. 4, 2014
    "I'm PRO because I feel that every women should be able to choose what happens inside of her body. It seems as though the people against abortion are the same people that are PRO gun laws, because they "violate the 2nd amendment". Well, if YOU were told by a doctor that giving birth would kill you, what would you think if the government told you that you just had to die? That you had NO choice in the matter?"
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  • -4 +9 -13 cassidy Jan. 14, 2014
    "if you dont like abortions, dont get one. Even if abortions become illegal people are still going to use an unsafe method to get rid of the fetus, which can be very dangerous and she could die as well as the baby."
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  • -4 +24 -28 Emily Jan. 12, 2014
    "I laugh at all you "CON" people. Let me just address this to you plain and simple...You are not going to tell me what I am allowed to do and what I am not allowed to do. Do you remember being in your mothers stomach? No, because you weren't even aware that you were alive at that time. You had NO idea what life even was until you were able to comprehend things. Aprox. age 7. How many people do we have that are fostered? How many people do we have hungry? How many people do we have that are homeless? CONS you don't have an argument. The people against abortion are supportive to adoption but how many kids have they adopted? None. If I don't want my kid for a confidential reason, guaranteed the people against abortion wont either. You have no right to tell me that I can't have an abortion. Barack Obama said it himself, he has two great daughters that he continues to teach lessons and morals too, but if something does happen accidentally then he doesn't want them PUNISHED with a child. Totally ridiculous."
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    • 0 0 0 James C. Feb. 13, 2015
      "you come with assumptions, your argument is useless. "How many people do we have that are fostered? If I don't want my kid for a confidential reason, guaranteed the people against abortion wont either." Have reasoning or don't commit. By the way, Becoming homeless can happen to any one. Success can to. Having an abortion isn't the solution to these problems. I also think that you aren't teach your child to value the lives of others, if you teach them that a child is a punishment."
    • 0 +3 -3 Danielle Apr. 2, 2014
      "A child is NOT a punishment! Its a blessing from God.
      And, by the way, babies in the womb CAN feel. Its a proven fact. Watch The Silent Scream. It is ultrasonic filming of an abortion taking place. It shows the preborn baby in the womb, thrashing about, screaming, (silently, cannot be heard from outside) as it tries to avoid the suction device which is twisting and tearing its head off. Babies in the womb CAN feel pain. They develop their full nerve system by the time they are 12 weeks old.
      At 8 weeks old, the baby is FULLY developed. He has a heartbeat, organs, limbs, and his own singular fingerprints!
      He can frown, grimace, pee, and even suck his thumb. It is a FACT that he is NOT just a bunch of cells, but a living, breathing, moving HUMAN BEING!
      And termination (abortion) of this baby, is in actual fact, MURDER!!!!"
    • -2 0 -2 Emily Apr. 3, 2014
      "When a mother is murdered how come there are not two murder charges? It is only one charge not two. You know, only's not alive yet....."
  • -4 +7 -11 Anonymous Jan. 3, 2014
    "Reposting something from Tumblr user persephoneholly in retaliation to the pro-life message of "It's easy to be pro-choice when you're not the one being killed.":

    "It's easy to be be pro-life when you're not a struggling single mother of four others with cut food stamps.
    It's easy to be be pro-life when you're not a pregnant teenager.
    It's easy to be be pro-life when you're not a mentally ill patient.
    It's easy to be be pro-life when you're not wondering when your next meal will be.
    It's easy to be be pro-life when you're not the child of an abusive family.
    It's easy to be be pro-life when you're not in danger of dying from complications.
    It's easy to be be pro-life when you don't have a baby that will die a painful death anyway from a birth defect.
    It's easy to be be pro-life when you weren't raped.
    It's easy to be be pro-life when you planned your pregnancy and didn't need to worry about incredibly costly and sparce contraceptives.
    It's easy to be be pro-life when //you are not pregnant, or even female.//"
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    • +2 +2 0 Anonymous Jan. 23, 2014
      "I don't exactly know where I stand, but I do agree with some of the points that you said. I don't agree with killing but sometimes situations are out of our control. When everyone is judging a female for being pregnant and she is trying to make a decision on whether to keep the baby or not, often times the people don't take the woman into context and the reason why she may not be able to keep the baby. In this comment that I am writing, I can not completely express my feelings but I must say that being empathetic and taking everything into context or trying to relate can be important. Thank you for writing this because it main me stop and think and eventually put my life into perspective."
  • -4 +7 -11 Ela Jan. 1, 2014
    "It is inmoral to bring a child into the world who will suffer pain, hunger and abuse. It is unjust for a society to force a woman to have a child who will be unwanted and unloved. It is unjust for a society to condemn abortion if it is not willing to take full responsibility for the child who is being brought into the world against a woman's will."
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    • 0 0 0 Danielle Apr. 2, 2014
      "It is immoral to murder the baby! (And Babies in the womb can feel pain. They develop their full nerve system by the time they are 12 weeks old.
      At 8 weeks old, the baby is FULLY developed. He has a heartbeat, organs, limbs, and his own singular fingerprints!
      He can frown, grimace, pee, and even suck his thumb. It is a FACT that he is NOT just a bunch of cells, but a living, breathing, moving HUMAN BEING!
      And termination (abortion) of this baby, is in actual fact, MURDER!

      Is it unjust for society to condemn a murderer? And, is it just to "terminate" (murder) a child who has no choice in the matter?!?!?!"
  • -4 +8 -12 Kasem Dec. 7, 2013
    "Be willing to pay taxes to allow people to get better access to contraceptives and better ones at that. Don't believe that its your job to make sure people who want to have sex have better access to contraceptives? Then dont be surprised that women decide to look out for themselves instead of what you strangers believe they should do with their bodies. Im going to get to privacy in a second."
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  • -4 +15 -19 Sonya Dec. 5, 2013
    "Last I checked none of you "CON" people are GOD! You have no right to judge. A womans body is her own..HER own! What she chooses to do with it is HER decision...not yours and certainly not the Governments. You don't know peoples situations, you don't know what's going on in peoples lives. It's so easy to sit back and look down on people whose shoes you have and never will walk in. It's a womans right to choose what is right for her...PERIOD!!"
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    • 0 +1 -1 Rob Jan. 10, 2014
      "What about the child's body? Why doesn't the child have the right to choose what's right for him?"
    • -2 +1 -3 jcauldren Dec. 11, 2013
      "Just curious as I read your post about this concept of "her body". Obviously, a pro-life person believes that the unborn child is a living human being with their OWN body, but we disagree there.

      For now, I'm just curious if you can define more concretely why the baby should be considered "her body". Is it only because it is inside of her? Because it is connected with a cord?

      What if someone were to swallow a possession of someone else.. say a ring. You would not consider the ring to now be a possession of the one who swallowed it would you?

      Just curious to knwo more about why you feel that the baby is a part of the mothers's body and not it's own body."
  • -4 +10 -14 Kourtney Dec. 4, 2013
    "Just because I am pro-choice, doesn't mean I am pro-abortion. I would never get an abortion myself, but that doesn't mean I don't think women should have the right to choose. I don't walk around saying, "I hate children" or "I want babies to die!" so the argument from pro-life advocates saying "Don't kill babies!" is just plain idiotic. No woman with any feelings or emotions would ever want to kill a child. Getting an abortion is not an EASY decision for anyone."
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    • -1 0 -1 jcauldren Dec. 6, 2013
      "Kourtney, it is unclear from your post so I would ask you to clarify. then I'm sure some will respond.

      Do you believe that an unborn child is truly a fellow human being?

      I sincerely want to understand where your thoughts are. Do you believe the unborn are living human beings that simply do not have the right to life that born humans do?

      Or do you believe that the unborn are not human beings and only become human at some stage in their unborn life, or maybe not until birth?"
  • -4 +17 -21 Layna Carmen Dec. 3, 2013
    "Abortions should be legal. I mean who are we to tell someone they have to have a baby, maybe they can't provide for the baby, yes there's adopting but that just makes moms sad. Let women choose what's right. After all she is the one carrying the baby. Not you"
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    • -1 +3 -4 jcauldren Dec. 4, 2013
      "Layna, a pro-life stance is that the baby is already "had" after conception. The moment to choose to have a baby or not is at conception, not during the pregnancy. No one should force another to "have" a baby, I'd agree.

      Whether or not the baby is born has no impact on whether or not the baby is alive or whether it is a fellow human being. Again, for a pro-lifer, this is already settled at conception.

      Your statement that "who are we to tell someone they have to have a baby" is perfectly acceptable to a pro-life person. Because we believe that the newly conceived baby is a human being with rights of their own at the point of conception, in our eyes, the baby is already in existence. The only way to "make someone have a baby" is to force them to get pregnant. I dont think anyone is for that, do you?

      Making someone give birth to a baby is not the same as making someone "have" a baby."
  • -4 +11 -15 Ayyuba Singley Nov. 7, 2013
    "I am 100% prochoice meaning that I support a woman's right to choose abortion, adoption, parenting, or if she is not pregnant, contraception. It is her pregnancy, her right, and her choice. Life does not begin until birth, so people need to chill out. I only support one restriction on abortion: it should be safe for the woman. To the antichoice crowd: answer two questions for me. If conception is so important, why did Jesus say to be born again, and why does Genesis 2:7 show Adam's life beginning after he was formed, not before? It is the Bible itself that made me prochoice, along with some logic. Here is a longer list of questions for prolifers compiled by me: ."
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    • +3 +4 -1 Miri B. Nov. 10, 2013
      "I love the question "How is forced pregnancy different than rape? In both cases, the woman's reproductive organs are being used against their will."

      Even better is the comparison between forced gestation and organ donation. If all life is so valuable, we should have mandatory blood and marrow donation. There should be kidney and liver donor drafts. And organ donation upon death should be mandatory. I looked it up and thousands and thousands of people die in this country every year waiting for organs, yet the "pro-lifers" are not fighting for them. Is seems hypocritical, and the more I think about it the more it feels like the "pro-lifers" really just want to control a group of people they think are vulnerable rather than protect any life."
    • +1 +2 -1 Ayyuba Nov. 15, 2013
      "@Carroll Speights. I hope you get my reply. I could not find a reply button for you or Miri. Anywhoo, you need to come up with facts, and not baseless assertions. Did Adam's life begin before or after God breathed life into his nose, and did Jesus say to be born again or conceived again? I await you response, Sparky."
    • +1 +2 -1 Ayyuba Nov. 15, 2013
      "@Miri B.: I completely agree. They should also fight for better healthcare including mental healthcare. Too many people like me are dying because of bad healthcare, and what about our troops?"
    • -2 +1 -3 Carroll Speights Nov. 21, 2013
      "What facts would you like me to come up with Ms. Ayyuba? I asked you how you supported your assertion that life doesn't begin until birth. I am still waiting on you to respond to that and also let me know if you support the killing of a child moments before birth. Your assertions are the ones wanting for facts so please provide them.
      If you take the context of the bible in it's correct form, then it can be assumed that life began when God breathed the breath of life into Adam. There are multiple verses that allude to life beginning before birth, and also verses that refer to people as having identity before birth. If you have faith that there is a God and that the holy bible is his inspired word for our teaching and directing, then please study it more thoroughly and stop cherry picking out of context or inserting your own "wisdom" into it. If otherwise stop referencing scripture that holds no meaning for you and that you would normally discount as the scribblings of bronze age goat herders. Also please understand that I am not against a woman's rights, but I am utterly against destroying the rights of an unborn child. If you disagree with this then please explain in detail."
    • -2 +1 -3 Carroll Speights Nov. 11, 2013
      "You assertion that life begins at birth, how do you support that? And do you then approve of killing children moments before they are born? We will "chill out" when you convince us that abortion is not the intentional murder of an unborn child. Until then we will not sit by like silent sheep while lies are purported as truth and millions of children are torn apart every year. Why do you think that Jesus told us to be born again? I will love to hear the reasoning you have for this. Adam's life began when God "breathed into his nostrils the breath of life", so when do you think that we receive this breath of life?"
  • -4 +17 -21 OpinionatedStudent Oct. 16, 2013
    "Abortion should be legal for several reasons
    1. Woman fought for THEIR RIGHT to choose therefore; it's NOT your decision.
    2. Those of you arguing, "there is someone out there who would love to take your place, and be a mother." that's nice, so why are they not adopting? did you know about 40% of Children age out of foster care.
    just check out this site here: .
    3. How many of you Con people are really thinking and considering what this childs needs are going to be, as well as what kind of home they are going to be provided with? Do you truly think your beliefs are going to help this child once it's born? Don't be selfish.
    4. In all honesty do you consider the factor of the economy and the impact it will have if ALL fetuses were born into children??
    5. (my favorite) for those of you saying, "You should have taken the proper percautions." now think about this in a logical sense. You expect a woman to take care of her child after she can barely make simple decisions to protect herself? Grated some woman can, but not everyone is the same, some people take longer to mature.
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    • +2 +3 -1 jaime Oct. 31, 2013
      "seriously your saying have a heart when your going pro abortion. why don't you read that line and think about it who has the heart the people trying to protect a life or the ones killing it. on top of that yea woman fought for their rights but that doesn't give her the right to take a the life of someone else in this case the baby and yea true 40 percent grow out of foster homes but your only looking at the negative 60 percent actually get a family and last time i check thats more than 40% and we do think of those things your saying but there alway is a way a much better one the abortion life is strugle for EVERYONE using this as an excuse to kill is cold and heartless and yes it could have an effect on the economy but the same go's to if abortion is legalize it wont help but hurt it and the children can actually help the economy and no but thats why there is adoption or other option and a child can actually change a person to good and make them mature more
      have a good day and get a heart"
    • +1 +1 0 OpinionatedStudent Dec. 10, 2013
      "60% is more than 40%, but that doesn't mean that 40% doesn't deserve a family that loves them.

      >>>>>Last I checked that 60% isn't somehow going to compensate for the 40%. <<<<<

      Life is a struggle for everyone, it really is, but people who have a family to support them makes it better wouldn't you say?

      Being a mother doesn't change everyone (as I already stated, if you even BOTHERED reading thoroughly what I had posted) and I can say that from KNOWING mothers who have not changed. Can you?

      Obviously not because you're still "pro life", this title happens to be an oxymoron considering you people don't care about these children after they are born.
      This is why I say, "Have a heart""
  • -5 +4 -9 Ellie Oct. 14, 2014
    "Every person has a different and unique situation. I would never condone forcing a woman to be pregnant when she doesn't want to be. Some people may look at a fetus and feel that it has a soul and it is a life. That is wonderful for them and I respect their opinions. But I don't see a fetus as an entity. I just can't.

    I don't like abortion. No one likes having to make that decision to terminate a pregnancy. There are many preventative measures today that nearly guarantee a woman from getting pregnant. I think the solution lies in educating youth and society about sex and how it works. Sex education works! Birth control, condoms, abstaining, the morning after pill, etc.

    But if a woman did become pregnant and she didn't want to be, then I could never justify making her carry to term. We need abortion to remain a safe medical process that can be accessed by all. Even if abortion is made illegal, women will still look for ways to abort. We do not want to return to the days of back-alley abortions.

    Simply put, abortion needs to stay legal."
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  • -5 +7 -12 Vera Sep. 4, 2014
    "My personal reason why abortion must stay legal, not all children are blessed with loving carring parents some children here in America are forced to have children when they are still just children themselves for their so called parents profit, with abortion the child has a choice and a child unwanted is saved from a life of personal pain and suffering society puts on children as a whole. Even if the child has a baby and put it up for adoption the child forced to have an unwanted pregnancy her mental state and body will never be the same with abortion she can get rid of that part of the nightmare and start the road to healing no one should be forced to do the hardest job in the world ( parenthood ) not by choice, we have so many broken people here in this country that are hurting because they have no personal history ( geneolagie) because they came from a rape and the child was forced to keep it nether were given an education society looked down on the girl and the child feels cheated from the simple things of life the love and protection every child should have because the people that abused that little girl also abused the child from the rape, if abortions had been available nether child would have had to suffer."
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  • -5 +1 -6 Kay S Aug. 11, 2014
    "I'm also submitting a comment to the other side. The freakonomics study is flawed. Crime went down 20 years after lead, a know nuerotoxin, out of the environment and lead levels decreased in blood screening in children. The same drop was seen in England a few years later. They banded lead later, but legalized abortion in 1967. Correlation does not mean causation.
    I remain generally, reluctantly pro-choice. But we will never be able to discuss this if we use bad science (see my con comment)."
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  • -5 +4 -9 Alex Johnson May. 22, 2014
    "The ending of a human life is different than the ending of an animals life due only to humanities sentience. We hunt things like deer, rabbits, and buffalo because they are not sentient. An unborn fetus is not sentient. It cannot learn. It cannot be subjective. In fact a human is not sentient until around the age of 2. However post-birth abortion is murder. There should be no question of this."
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  • -5 +11 -16 Lee May. 21, 2014
    "I am pro because the rights of those who are already born come first. No one should be forced to give up time from work, income, comfort, health, and safety for someone they didn't even want to bring into the world. The fetus is non-sentient, it lives within another person for 9 months, and no one has the right to use another person's body without their permission.

    Pro-lifers want to give a fetus more rights than anyone else by allowing it to reside inside someone who does not give consent.

    Making abortion illegal also does not stop abortions. It makes abortions less safe and risks the lives of thousands of people.

    Abortion must be legal and remain legal regardless of the reason in which the pregnant person wants the abortion. You can not judge someone you do not know on their circumstances and if they want an abortion then they should have that right. If they want to go through with the pregnancy then that's their choice too and both should be fully supported."
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    • +1 +1 0 Calvin Vandegrift Mar. 31, 2015
      "I have a question: Is it ok for the parents of a five year old to kick their child out of the house? Its their house right? Actually you would go to jail for this, but for some reason a pregnant woman can choose to abandon her child if she wants to. The really crazy thing is that the child didn't ask to be there. Are we insane for ganging up on a child that is totally defenseless? If you're responsible enough to have sex, then you should be responsible enough to have a child."
  • -5 +2 -7 Anonymous May. 3, 2014
    "i was looking through the pros and cons and i saw in the cons something about there shouldn't be discrimination towrd babies that will have deformities
    i really have one commment on that and its
    did you know that in the past there are people who have filed wrongful life court cases against their parents becasue their deformities are so bad
    there are parents who chose to have a child despite the fact that they knew they would have awful deformities and those children when they turned into adults sued their parents becuase the had to live with awful deformities
    i'm not really sure why i commented this but its whatever"
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  • -5 +3 -8 Anonymous Apr. 24, 2014
    "What if you were poor, shunned by your family, sick, alone, and assaulted? People should have a choice but I believe an abortion should happen WAAYYYY before the baby is even close to being able to feel and think. Nobody should be born unloved."
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  • -5 +3 -8 15 Apr. 9, 2014
    "Before beginning, abortion is not the murder of a child/baby/human being/living being. By definition, humans are not living until birth. The fetus is reliant on the mothers body. While it may develop it's own limbs and organs later, it is still sharing nutrients and oxygen through the mothers blood until birth. Abortion is a choice, and if you don't like/support them, then don't have an abortion. It is unjust to take away the right of another living, breathing human because of personal beliefs. The argument that only 1% of women get abortions because of rape is unreliable to an extent, considering not all rapes are reported or are reported past the statute of limitations. A woman being to young to give birth can lead to early delivery and serious birth defects. Financial stability can change the outcome of a child's life. A woman should not have to give up her life for a life that hasn't yet started. There is no sense in stipulating the future of a fetus when the future of a living human has a more predictable outcome."
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    • 0 0 0 Ano Nov. 18, 2014
      "So when the child moves it is not alive..... Then again adoption is ALWAYS and option"
  • -5 +6 -11 Jkind Apr. 7, 2014
    "People are saying that this should be illegal because murder is a sin in the bible. Then they went to say that murdering a child is the worst murder imaginable. If you are going to use the bible to defend yourself, then you need to read more than what you want to hear because it says that all sin is equal. Therefore, if you lie to a person then you may as well be murdering them because it is equal in the eyes of god."
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    • 0 0 0 Ano Nov. 18, 2014
      "The purpose of the religion is to follow morals, than again your right all sin is equal, but it is the means of preventing it to make you a better person."
  • -5 +8 -13 Canidae Mar. 17, 2014
    "Women have the right to decide whether they want to carry something in their body. The majority of abortions are had by women who were using contraception regularly when they got pregnant. Abortion is so expensive it will obviously never be used as contraception. The sources, authorities and organizations that claim fetuses cannot feel pain and that abortion does not lead to breast cancer are more legitimate and likely to be correct than those on the other side. Abortion is safer than childbirth. We have FAR more people up for adoption than will ever be adopted. An aborted child could become a doctor or a serial killer. Forcing them t o be born and raised in poverty SEVERELY decreases the likelihood them or their siblings or parents will ever become productive scientists or be able to even afford an education, etc. Population growth is a real problem, not some conspiracy. When having sex, consent can end and it can become rape. Consent can be revoked. Getting in a car to go to work admits that a car accident is possible, but does not mean that you consent to being in an accident. Eating cookie dough is not consent to salmonella. Sex is not consent to pregnancy, even when it is a possibility. Abortion needs to be an option."
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    • 0 0 0 Calvin Vandegrift Mar. 31, 2015
      "Actually, sex is consent to pregnancy. Anyone having sex knows that reproduction occurs as part of nature. Every living thing on this planet reproduces. If you're responsible enough for sex, you should be responsible enough for a child. Otherwise don't have sex."
  • -5 +10 -15 Melanie Morrison Mar. 6, 2014
    "People say that abortion spares the life of a child, well have you ever thought about that child's well-being after they are born? The struggles they might go through having to be raised by a parent that isn't ready for a child, or having to go through foster care. Before 5 weeks, a fetus isn't even aware that it exists. If the fetus is aborted prior to that point in time, it can't hurt the fetus because it doesn't even know it's alive."
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  • -5 +12 -17 Ellis Blake Mar. 3, 2014
    "What right does anyone to tell another how to use their body? Lots of people I've debated say, "It's killing a baby." So? What's it to you? Generally, most people won't know a person who's had an abortion, or they do, and they just keep it a secret. What stake does anyone have on whether or not some fetus lives or not? The life isn't even that special. For one, it hasn't been born yet. It doesn't have any experiences. It's alive, but only at the most basic level. Killing a born baby would be wrong, since they are alive, and have the capacity for emotions. But a fetus? A fetus can't tell it's alive, it's still developing! I've also been told that all life is sacred. I'm sorry to say not in this world. We have about 7 billion people on earth, why is this unborn babies life worth to you? What stake do you have? If it's legalized, and you're Pro-Life, then you don't have to have one. Keep your baby. Don't push it on others. To make one last point, how enjoyable would the life of a baby whose mother didn't want him be? Do you think the mother would raise it well? Give it everything it needs? Maybe there are some that would, but countless babies would be neglected, and our foster system is not on the lookout for more babies."
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    • -2 0 -2 Danielle Apr. 2, 2014
      "On a airplane flight between Kansas city and Miami, Julie Killen went into labor and gave birth to a child. When she arrived at the airport, she dumped the baby into a garbage can.
      Two days later the dead child was found. Julie was charged with murder and pleaded guilty.
      If she had had an abortion one week before she gave birth, she wouldn't be in trouble with the law. The abortion would have been legal.

      A man named Dr. Nathanson took a video of a woman having an abortion (The silent scream), which shows the preborn baby in the womb, thrashing about, trying to avoid the suction device which is tearing off its head. Viewers saw the child opening its mouth, trying to scream. They saw the baby dismembered, its head crushed, as it was sucked out of the womb.

      Babies in the womb can feel pain. They develop their full nerve system by the time they are 12 weeks old.
      At 8 weeks old, the baby is FULLY developed. He has a heartbeat, organs, limbs, and his own singular fingerprints!
      He can frown, grimace, pee, and even suck his thumb. It is a FACT that he is NOT just a bunch of cells, but a living, breathing, moving HUMAN BEING!
      And termination (abortion) of this baby, is in actual fact, MURDER!"
  • -5 +14 -19 Savnnah Feb. 28, 2014
    "Allowing abortion directly contradicts the Founding Fathers' intentions for an unalienable right to life in the United States. The Declaration of Independence [51] states that "[A]ll men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

    The founding fathers said all MEN are created equal... etc... etc..."
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    • -1 0 -1 Star May. 24, 2014
      "Exactly. They said "unalienable Rights, that among these are LIFE...""
  • -5 +8 -13 Chris Feb. 28, 2014
    "I'm actually very curious about the point for "Abortion as an effective method of population control". In a world where our resource pool is slowly deteriorating, and our population is slowly rising, this is a valid concern.

    But on topic. Does anyone have any sources for studies regarding trends of population density in areas that frequently practice abortion as opposed to those that don't?"
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  • -5 +7 -12 Chris Feb. 28, 2014
    "There are two kinds of sex: consensual and nonconsensual.

    Consensual sex in any way should have informed participants that are prepared to face any consequences inherent with intercourse. There are several methods of prevention, many of them possible in the actual process of sex without any surgical or medical intervention, so in my eyes there's no real excuse for wanting to do it but also retaining the right to abort because "we didn't want a child".

    Nonconcensual sex is a different beast entirely, and personally, I don't feel that any woman should have to legally subject her body and mind to 8+ months of drastic change based on someone else's opinion regarding the value of human life, when this condition wasn't even something she agreed to.

    Insisting that a raped woman has to keep the child for the child's sake is keeping her helpless in a situation that she was helpless in to begin with. They're both beings, and thus they both have rights, but the mother is the one immediately dealing with the consequences of their situation, and so I still firmly believe it's her choice on whether or not to abort."
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  • -5 +5 -10 Fatoumata Feb. 24, 2014
    "I believe in abortion not for personal reasons because i would never do that but because i don't think it would be right to take away a woman's right if she wanted to have a baby or not"
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  • -5 +5 -10 Melixa Botello Feb. 24, 2014
    "Abortion should be legal because all women have a right to do what they want with their body. Most people think its a sin to get an abortion, but its not. But not everybody can care for a child, there is the option of adoption, but who would want to do that? The child will grow up and wonder "why did my parent(s) put me up for adoption? Did they not love me?" Abortion should be a legal option, for all women."
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  • -5 +6 -11 Realist Feb. 20, 2014
    "We'll all you negative people aren't even considering std if either the mother or the father has an std the baby is most likely to die within the first year anyway. Abortion is a way to go out without forcing your baby to suffer."
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    • 0 0 0 Brianna Mar. 20, 2014
      ""Most likely" is better than "definitely." when you have an abortion, the baby has zero chance of living. If you have an STD the baby still has a pretty good chance of living."
  • -5 +6 -11 Kat Feb. 19, 2014
    "In cases where the mother is in danger i.e. pregnancy in the fallopian tubes or otherwise harmful pregnancy scenarios, abortion may be necessary to ensure the safety of the mother."
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  • -5 +7 -12 michelle Feb. 17, 2014
    "I am pro because in some sitiuations a women should be aloud to abort.People would rather abort then see their child suffer.Many women are single-mother and they dont have the economy."
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  • -5 +7 -12 Futureman Feb. 17, 2014
    "We should never allow the Government to infringe on the personal choices of Americans in their private lives. This is a "religious debate" about when human life begins. Why should a minority religious belief be forced on all Americans. No one wants to kill human babies for any reason but a religious minority want to force their religious based beliefs on everyone else. What will come next? If we allow this to become such a burden on our freedom to choose our own religious beliefs then it might not be long before we start passing laws that impose any one religions beliefs on the majority of Americans. That is not religious freedom or separation of Church and State as guarenteed by our Constitution."
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  • -5 +6 -11 keiara Feb. 12, 2014
    "abortion should be legal because it up to the woman to make that choice"
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  • -5 +6 -11 Amelia Strickland Feb. 10, 2014
    "It's a basic human right! Women deserve the right to choose. Taking away a women's right to abortion is anti-feminist. Take it from this standpoint, (this is directed towards men) if you had to hobble around with a giant bulge, that could affect you physically and mentally, then you should be able to make the choice to abort the child. If the women is not capable of taking care of the child she has all the right to abort the child. Please, take a moment to understand that women who are forced to give birth to children they aren't able to take care of are forced to suffer, and sacrifice their career, health (mentally and physically,) as well as her life goals."
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    • -1 0 -1 David H Feb. 14, 2014
      "So you'd kill an unborn child to to avoid the "inconvenience" of being pregnant? Adoption is an option. Some women like you play up pregnancy as this horrible physically damaging event. But it's not. Its funny of you ask a woman who got pregnant intentionally she'll tell you it's the most beautiful experience in her life. Yes its your body BUT nine months of a healthy pregnant is definitely Not a viable excuse to kill the unborn baby for its 9 month temporary stay. Saying "its my body and my choice" would be like saying killing someone with your bare hand s and because you chose to do it, it makes it OK. Last the baby is in your uterus because you chose to have sex. You could have 100% prevented it."
  • -5 +7 -12 Ronald Feb. 4, 2014
    "Sometimes, abortion is bad, sometimes its good. But even if you make it illegal, people are still gonna do it. Instead of being safe, though, they will be highly unsafe. Approximately 68000 maternal deaths are caused by these "back-alley" abortions. Thats a lot of deaths that could be reduced if more places made safe abortion possible."
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  • -5 +7 -12 Leah Feb. 4, 2014
    "I definitely believe that women should have the right to abortion. What if someone gets raped and then is forced to keep the baby? This could could cause serious mental health inflictions on the mother. Every day they would wake up and remember that this baby is from the man who raped her I believe that abortion should be available to all women because in some cases it is not the woman's fault nor choice to conceive."
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  • -5 +18 -23 Ericka Jan. 16, 2014
    "The PRO to abortion is that maybe someone got raped, or they just can't take care of the baby. Why bring a human being in this world if the parents can't take care of him/her. Abortion should be legal for good not bad. I"
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  • -5 +1 -6 Meghan Clancy Jan. 16, 2014
    "what if the mother of the unborn child has a major chance of dying when the baby is born. both the mother and the baby could die from lack of oxygen from the mother suffocating. abortion would be easier on the mother, and the baby would not have a prolonged death. but if a family is waiting to adopt the baby, then just suck up the pain and deliver the baby for the awaiting family."
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  • -5 +10 -15 Me Jan. 15, 2014
    "The main argument I see with the cons is that they don't want to end a life. Should we make masturbating for men illegal because their sperm will become babies one day and by me masturbating (sorry to disturb anyone) I am wasting potential babies. So how far should we go before we consider a potential baby alive? I personally feel once it's born."
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  • -5 +5 -10 India Hubbard Dec. 22, 2013
    "I'm PRO because I believe that every female has a right to their own body, thing's happen and women can't always control the fact that they got pregnant. In some cases women are not in a position to raise a child at that period in their life and they need a way out. Teen pregnancy, Poor living conditions, etc. I believe that abortion is not murder and should not be called murder, because the women giving up the life of he child isn't doing it in a malicious way, they are merely just trying to save that child from being forced into an unsuitable living condition. I'm 14 and I believe that if something were to happen to me today, and I became pregnant I would want to be able to have options. I believe no Country/state has the right to deprive me of whether or not I want to create life."
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    • -1 0 -1 Rob Jan. 10, 2014
      "The child is a person too! People talk about a woman's right to control her body but ignore the CHILD'S right to control THEIR body, or even live. Why is one person's right to control their body more important than another person's right to live?"
  • -5 +15 -20 Dec. 20, 2013
    "I have an extremely cruel point of view on this subject. I'm not religious, and I don't think the afterlife exists. I think bad things happen at random, as do good things. I don't believe in things such as souls, however the concept of our complex brain neurons composing our personalities seems plausible. I think our lives are only important if we use them to better the world in general. I don't think we have a purpose. So I think a fetus in a womb is as insignificant as a sperm cell going to waste through masturbation. The con argument is that we're denying life to a baby, right? Well I'm denying a potential life right now by not having sex with a stranger to make a baby. That baby will never exist or get a chance at life. And that's the way the world works sometimes. It's cruel and random and realistic."
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    • -1 0 -1 Billy no LIE Apr. 18, 2014
      "your parents didn't abort you"
  • -5 +6 -11 Anna Dec. 18, 2013
    "At the end it only women can make the decisions and it's no one's business, even if abortion would become illegal woman around the world would still go through this process so might as well make it safe. So ultimately if it's her body it's her choice!"
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  • -5 +8 -13 Juan Dijrello Dec. 16, 2013
    "I believe women should have the choice of whether or not they want to have a child. If it is an accident, or even rape, then she should have the choice of whether or not they want the kid."
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  • -5 +9 -14 Artemis Dec. 9, 2013
    "A man shouldn't have a say unless he is willing to assume the responsibilities of the child and the mother. Religion is a great thing that provides with moral guidance, but it can also be used as an excuse to hide behind. Religious men, please don't scream and shout about life. You are not the ones who will be carrying something within your body for nine months and suffering through all the discomfort, plus the extreme pain at the end. And that's only the beginning. Abortion is not an easy choice to make - for anyone. It weighs on the conscious. You think the mother is not aware of the life she ends? It's her own flesh and blood, she will know more than any of us here.
    A woman needs to consider if she is financially, physically and emotionally/mentally ready for a child. She also needs to consider the needs and conditions of the child. Imagine being a mother and not loving your child. Imagine being a child and knowing you are viewed as a punishment or worse yet, as a painful reminder of rape. This is not always a selfish act. Perhaps the child will thrive, but what about all the sufferings mother and child need to go through? Abortions also cause physical harms, and adoptions can be even more painful. There is just no easy way."
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    • +3 +3 0 Artemis Dec. 18, 2013
      "I don't think you understood my points, jcauldren. The idea that I am expressing is that it is no more ethical to put a child into a life of suffering than to terminate his/her life, in order to avoid said situation. The reason why I am pro is not just for the mother, but mostly for the child. I love children, and I see no reason why we would want to put them into a life of poverty, of abuse, of hatred and of despair. For if the mother cannot care for the child, or simply doesn't care at all, what monster are we for allowing these heartbreaking stories to happen? Can you imagine how the child could be damaged?
      In fact, if the unborn children can be aborted safely and legally, why would we need to think about killing born children? I do believe then that you have raised a moot point."
    • -3 0 -3 jcauldren Dec. 11, 2013
      "Artemis, you appear to understand and believe that the unborn is a living human being; do I have that right?

      Your argument that there should be an option to terminate the child because of anticipated hardship is flawed. If you believe it is not flawed, then why not extend this option to parents of born children? I highly doubt that you would condone this, but you do condone this for an unborn child.

      So, If the unborn child is alive and is a human being the same as you and I (you do agree they are living humans; nothing less - correct?), why do you feel its acceptable to terminate it, but it's not okay to terminate a born child?

      Can you explain this difference? or explain if you do feel it's okay to terminate born children as well?"
  • -5 +10 -15 Eric Dec. 9, 2013
    "Abortion should be legal because if the women who got pregnant is forced to have the child, then the child would be unable to develop its needs as a human, proven through Maslow's hierarchy of needs. This psychological theory states if you do not have security of family, poverty, or mind then you cannot develop traits such as love and belonging or esteem for oneself. Without these traits, the child will lead a miserable and possibly psychopathic life.

    With an abortion carried out by a registered doctor, the women retains no sickness or infection. Also, according to the Guttmacher Institute, 9/10 of all abortions are done during the first trimester of pregnancy. This is before the fetus develops any vital organs. All of the Con arguments have seemed to omit this fact. They seem not to understand even the basics of pregnancy, and because of this fact cannot be trusted to put forth an argument on either side. This overwhelming evidence proves that abortion should be legal. Because women have the right to choose, children raised in an unstable environment don't completely develope, and 90% of all abortions are operated before the fetus develops organs, women should have the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion."
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    • +2 +2 0 Eric Dec. 13, 2013
      "Thank you for the reply. I do believe that the hierarchy of needs does affect the quality of life, and if these children aren't provided with these necessities they can't possibly live a fulfilling life. They would be miserable in their everyday lives. Most, if not all, of these children would have a detachment disorder, one that would inhibit their everyday lives and connections with people. Also, as of this September it was estimated that 400,000 children are in the United States Foster System. How could a child be treated as an individual when these amazing people in the system? Now, moving to your comment about when we become living beings with feelings. We can only begin to feel once our brain develops. The limbic system is one that develops once our brains have developed. You will recognize the brain as a vital organ, (I hope) one that has not developed in the first trimester. In conclusion, women have to right to do what they want with their body and it should be kept that way. Thank you for your very interesting and thought provoking comment, and I hope to hear some more of your ideas in the future."
    • -1 0 -1 jcauldren Dec. 11, 2013
      "I dont see that Maslow has included the conclusion you've arrived at with regard to the hierarchy of needs being a justification for abortion. Is that your own idea?

      What if a born child were to be placed in a scenario that did not meet these requirements in a manner that you would justify termination of an unborn. Would you condone terminating a born infant if that were the case? I would assume not, but please confirm.

      Can you also confirm your stance on when we become a living human being? You mention vital organs, but you do not say when you feel we become a human being and so, I assume, you would then also be against terminating an unborn child.

      At what point would be for dictating what the mother can do with the baby... at birth? 1 month before birth? 1 min before birth?

      I do sincerely want to know."
  • -5 +12 -17 Andrew J Dec. 4, 2013
    "People deserve the option, even if they don't use it"
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  • -5 +9 -14 Anonymous Nov. 27, 2013
    "I think that it is a women's choice whether or not she can have an abortion. No one should have to take that away. America is supposed to be the land of the free, meaning that we should be able to chose. It's a Women's choice. If she knows that she can't support it then its best to just abort rather then having a baby in an unstable environment. Within the first tree-mester the baby isn't fully developed if anything its just a centimeter big so is it really a human being? In the end it is a women's choice and no one should have to take that away."
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    • -4 +1 -5 jcauldren Dec. 4, 2013
      "I grew up in an "unstable" environment. Now, Im married with 2 health and happy children.

      Justifying abortion out of convenience is a really barbaric and shallow means of justification.

      Would you agree that at some point abortion should be banned? 3rd trimester? Sometime during the 2nd? At what point would you agree to "take the choice away from the woman?" you put it."
  • -5 +9 -14 Abortion is safe Nov. 27, 2013
    "I see some misconceptions on the con sides, so I wanted to post some facts:
    1) You can view abortion statistics by going to the CDC's website and looking them up. It shows that abortion is a relatively safe procedure. It is significantly safer than pregnancy and labor. You can also come to this conclusion by realizing that a dilation and curettage (D&C) is common to treat fibroids, polyps, and excessive bleeding.
    2) The American Psychological Association, which lists their statement and references, states that abortion is not associated with increases in mental health issues. For anecdotal evidence, you can read stories at the 1 in 3 campaign. In contrast, adoption is associated with mental heath issues (which psychologists keep debating, so more research to come).

    Stating that "the start of life" dictates abortion rights is a convenient over-simplification, that is just not true. A woman is clearly alive and has rights to liberty and control of her body. Pregnancy carries risk and this risk is not known at the time of conception. Some women suffer eclampsia and die quickly, others just get gestational diabetes. Asking a woman to play Russian roulette with her life is a huge request, and not one we make of others."
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    • +3 +3 0 Abortion is safe Dec. 4, 2013
      "jcauldren: I've read a few of your replies to other people, and you seem to intentionally misinterpret people. You also seem to really dislike women making decisions. But just in case you aren't really a troll, I decided to respond.

      As my last paragraph explains, your insistence that "the start of life" dictates whether abortion should be permitted is a gross over-simplification. My need of another's body to survive does not suddenly require that individual to give me their body. This is true for adults, children, and fetus's. Pregnancy is dangerous. About 800 women die a day due to pregnancy complications. This is just the number who die; many more suffer serious injuries.

      I consider myself pro-life. I am pro all life. Pro women's lives, pro women's health, pro children's lives, pro men's lives. But I do not think anyone's right to life allows them to use another person's body to maintain their life. If I need a blood transfusion, I cannot demand this from you. If a fetus needs a uterus, it cannot demand this of any woman."
    • +1 +1 0 Maya Jun. 18, 2014
      "jcauldren: Are you aware that there have been court cases where a family has gone to court trying to force an organ donation for a family member? Guess who lost? No one owes anyone parts of their body no matter what they do or how closely they are related. But for some reason although the courts made the correct decision in the past, suddenly this is a question for women."
    • 0 +1 -1 jcauldren Dec. 6, 2013
      ""intentionally misinterpret" - I'm sorry you feel that way. Can you give me an example. I admit when I dont understand and I usually ask the poster to clarify.

      "dislike women making decisions" "a troll" - personal attacks are really out of place in a debate. Let's remain civil and discuss. I wont fight with you, so please keep it civil so we can get to the bottom of this very important topic.

      When you describe the stage of life called "conception" and pregnancy as well as a generic "need for another's body", I am tempted to agree.

      With such a over-simplified description, sure I can agree. However, I do not consider pregnancy the same thing as having the same blood type. Its flawed to do so. Pregnancy involves a man and woman committing an act to CREATE a new person. The responsibility of the creators to the created seems plain to me. How do you address this responsibility that I say they have to the created?

      In your example of blood transfusion, you have the potential donor with absolutely no attachment or responsibility to the inflicted person. Of course it would be wrong to randomly force people to donate their bodies. Pregnancy is not random though, right?"
    • 0 0 0 jcauldren Dec. 1, 2013
      ""abortion is safe"

      I think you are missing the point if you believe that the foundation of a pro-life stance is that it's not safe for the mother.

      The foundation of pro-lifer's stance is that it's not safe for the baby 100% of the time.

      I assume you are pro-choice, but is there any point at which you would vote to eliminate a woman's choice and prohibit abortion? When is that point? 1 min before birth? 1 month? when?

      Can you also explain why?

      My point in asking is that if we all agreed on when the world has a new human being in existence (at conception or at birth or some place inbetween) then this abortion debate would be pretty straightforward and short (or so I would think).

      I feel the root issue is when we all feel that the unborn child actually is a human being. When do you feel this is? Would you vote to restrict a womans right to choose abortion at that point?

      Honestly curious."
  • -5 +19 -24 amanda graham Nov. 22, 2013
    "i am pro life because the life of a child begins the very second it is conceived."
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    • +2 +3 -1 Ken Magnuson Jun. 25, 2014
      "I agree that the life of a child begins the very second it is conceived. I am pro-choice because it is not a separate life until it is born.
      It is interesting that you consider your statement to be pro-choice. Most "conception" types consider themselves to be pro-life."
  • -5 +7 -12 Tymara W Nov. 20, 2013
    "Abortions is just another way for the government to reduce human living. Its simple if you think about it we as people just make it harder, I'm pro because I believe that the others want it to go on because they do not want to deal with a child .Con just want the easy way out you can lay up to have sex but cant take care you a child?? where in the bible does it says that I'ts ok to kill a child and Con will easliy say that its not a living child 'YET"when did nonliving things have a heart beat? I do not believe in abortions but Im still with adoption!"
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  • -5 +8 -13 Anonymous Nov. 19, 2013
    ""Con" people, do me a favor and have empathy for women."
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    • 0 0 0 Brooklyn Sep. 21, 2015
      "you should have more facts if you believe that abortion is wrong.If you firmly believe that is wrong then prove me wrong that the baby can feel pain after 14 weeks and will react to it.I bet you didn't even bother looking up the real definition of murder.Here,let me do it for you!The definition is"The unlawful killing of another human being without justification or excuse."

      The baby obviously cant have justification,can't talk,and did nothing wrong."
    • -2 +1 -3 David Horgan Feb. 14, 2014
      """Con" people, do me a favor and have empathy for the unborn." Dispite how much some of you women play up pregnancy to be the most horrible thing ever. It is not. Every pregnancy could of been 100% avoided. If it happens the baby should get the chance at life. It is 100% a womans fault she got pregnant (except for rape) and this may seem harsh. But she should be forced to carry it to full term and put it up for adoption. Being inconvenienced for 9 months is NOT a reason to kill the child. +as I said, the pregnancy could of been 100% avoided."
    • -2 +1 -3 elizabeth Feb. 14, 2014
      "what about empathy for the baby she is killing? did you ever realize that the mom isn't the only affected in this matter."
    • -2 +2 -4 jcauldren Nov. 22, 2013
      ""Anonymous" pro people, please do us all a favor and have empathy for the defenseless child.

      We can do this all day, "anonymous".

      Why not share something more meaty in the discussion and explain when you feel it would be wrong to terminate a pregnancy and why."
  • -5 +13 -18 Olivia Nov. 18, 2013
    "It's a woman's personal choice, not a choice that should be debated by old white men. It should be legal for those who want one."
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    • -1 +3 -4 jamie Nov. 18, 2013
      "Olivia, when do you believe that thing inside a woman's body becomes a human being and it would be wrong to terminate it?

      Until the cord is cut? 1 min before passing thru birth canal? 1 month before birth? Conception? When?"
  • -5 +8 -13 Mikayla Nov. 12, 2013
    "if abortion isn't legal despite young ladies will choose "Back-Alley" abortions. of they are that set on it they will get it done, its more humane in a clinic rather then someone's basement."
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    • +2 +2 0 Abortion is safe Nov. 27, 2013
      "I just read Carroll's response, which sounds like she is saying that abortion is dangerous? Abortion is much safer than pregnancy, first of all. You can read the CDC reports for verification, but for example the CDC lists 0.64 deaths per 1000,000 abortions, while 1 in 4800 women die due to pregnancy complications. The risk of complication is lower with an abortion too, as you can read in the report.

      Secondly, an abortion in the first trimester is just a dilation and curettage (D&C). This is a common procedure to treat fibroids, excessive bleeding, polyps, and incomplete miscarriages. If a D&C were really incredibly dangerous, women with perforated uteri would be everywhere. I know many menopausal women who had them for fibroids, not one perforated uterus.

      Finally, 1 in 3 women in the US have an abortion in their lifetime. If abortion were really incredibly dangerous, so many women would be seriously inured. Even the anti-women's health groups tout that "X million" abortions have been carried out. That would be a lot of women with unreported complications if the "dangerous" claim were true."
    • +2 +2 0 Contraception is key Nov. 24, 2013

      You say you care about woman. So why not try to prevent abortion by actually helping women and their partners access birth control? And then help women who's birth control fails by helping the woman access resources to care for the baby?

      Mikayla had a wonderful point. Banning abortion does NOT decrease abortion rates. You can look at rates in nations with abortion bans and the analysis of what happened in Romania in 1966. Banning abortions is not a way to "change culture." You need to replace the need for abortion with something else. Simply saying "don't do that" hasn't worked for abstinence only education, and it won't work to convince a woman to value her life less.

      The countries with the lowest abortion rates actually don't ban abortion. But they do offer great contraception coverage and have a culture of respect for partners, and for contraception use."
    • -3 +1 -4 Carroll Speights Nov. 21, 2013
      ""You can take the abortion out of the back alley, but you can never take the back alley out of abortion". There are two types of abortionists; the ones who have perforated a uterus, and the ones who lie about it. Despite what many people think, all abortion procedures carry a significant risk of injury even with the best standards implemented. And the "best" standards are reserved for the women who can pay for them. Poor women are subject to poor sterilization, and substandard care from the abortionist. Even if you could implement mandatory health and safety standards, it is still dangerous. Legislation to implement standards are being shot down by abortion advocates because it would "prevent low income women from affording abortions". We are not trying to force women to partake in dangerous medical procedures by denying them the "right" to an abortion. We are trying to show everyone that abortion should not be allowed because it is the intentional destruction of a human life, and the intent of murder should never be allowed or made "safe". We do not take this position lightly, and we are not blind to the pain that women experience. We are trying to change culture's attitude so that women can be helped and comforted."
  • -5 +10 -15 Braeden Nov. 12, 2013
    "My view is that abortion is a choice that a mother should be able to make. The guilt will rest on her consience. Who are you to tell her how to live her life? As for the arguement that killing a living thing, no matter how small, is wrong, than perhaps masturbation should be illegal. A fetus is the development from a an egg that was fertilized by a sperm cell, so with that being said, wouldn't masturbation be killing a possible life? After all, for all we know that little cell could grow up to become a person of high importance. While on the matter of killing living things period, perhaps scratching should be illegal... After all, those are innocent living cells that die when we scratch ourselves. What do all of these have in common? None are fully functional beings. Therefore, where do we draw the line from right and wrong?"
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    • +2 +3 -1 jamie Nov. 19, 2013
      "No, not in turn. If someone chooses to live a life of celibacy, by your logic, this would be a case of murder billions of times over for not using their reproductive cells. Reproductive cells do not live forever even if you don't waste them in your hand. They only live so long even when "unused".

      Until there is conception, there is no "life form". There is no human being. The fact that a sperm and an egg are required for conception does not make them human beings. Together they become a new human being, alone they are only 1 of many other cells in the human body.

      If you do nothing with a sperm cell and leave it as it is, you get a dead sperm cell. If you leave a fertilized egg alone to do what it does, you wind up with a baby... see?
      You are arguing that a sperm cell is a human being. Do you really mean to?"
    • +2 +3 -1 jamie Nov. 18, 2013
      "No masturbation is not killing. Sperm are no more a life form than your skin cells. Reproductive cells do not grow up and make mate and make baby reproductive cells. They are simply a living cell like a hair on your head.

      A conceived child is a new life form. There is nothing else that it can be. Science, philosophy, religion and common sense all agree. A fertilized egg is a new life form that grows and will one day mate with another life form to make baby life forms. That is what is meant by "life" in the abortion debate... not living cells."
    • 0 +3 -3 Carroll Speights Nov. 21, 2013
      "Okay science time.
      Sperm Cell = Haploid cell that is incapable of independently turning into a human.
      Non-fertilized Ovum=Haploid cell incapable of active movement and also incapable of naturally turning into a human by itself.
      Zygote=The parent cell by which the chain of cellular development begins. Contains a unique chromosome code that is not the mothers. The immune system of the mother even recognizes, at times, that the zygote is not part of her. If developed normally, and left unmolested, this single cell well develop the human body (or two if the zygote becomes twins).

      Morals time.
      Murder= Intentionally ending a humans life
      Abortion=Intentionally ending a humans(or sometimes humans') life('s).

      What reason do you give for justifying murder? The child will be poor? Let us round up all of those pesky poor people and shoot them. The child won't be loved? Lets chop the heads off of everyone that we think is not adequately loved. To many people on earth? Load em up by the truckload and dump them into a giant blender. At least then we can use them for fertilizer. Killing for the sake of comfort or convenience is NEVER acceptable."
    • -1 +2 -3 Braeden Nov. 18, 2013
      "In turn, however, couldn't you say that that sperm cell is a vital part of that fertilized egg. This being because it fertilizes the egg. Therefore, wouldn't killing sperm cells be killing a living thing that could be destined to grow into a human?"
  • -5 +29 -34 SNL Nov. 4, 2013
    "If men could get pregnant, abortion clinics would be like Starbucks - two on every block and four in every airport. And the morning-after pill would come in different flavors, like sea salt and cool ranch."
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    • -3 +3 -6 Carroll Speights Nov. 11, 2013
      "Luckily for men they can just force the abortion industry on women so that they don't have to bear the responsibilities of caring for the mother and child. I can't imagine the lengths that men would pursue to escape responsibility if they actually bore children."
    • -4 +1 -5 Kourtney Dec. 4, 2013
      "I love this comment lol."
  • -5 +8 -13 Ethan Thompson Oct. 16, 2013
    "I do not think that people understand that over population is something that is the cause of many problems across the world. World hunger, pollution, extinction of multiple animal species, etc. Maybe less children is a good thing and that rape shouldn't be the only excuse to get an abortion? And if you do not like abortion.... then don't get one!!!! That simple"
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  • -5 +3 -8 Elizabeth Oct. 15, 2013
    "Absolutely, if one doesn't support abortion then they simply dont have to do it. This, however, does not mean that these pro-life people can take away the choice of others. At the end of the day, pro-life will always stand for anti-choice, which denies the entire structure that America was built upon. Leave religion out of the decision and you'll find abortion to be morally correct."
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  • -5 +4 -9 Aly Oct. 13, 2013
    "A majority of the comments are against abortion, and I think it's awesome. I like the idea of counting a fetus as a child that could soon grow up to be a great philosopher or cure cancer, regardless of their possibly difficult upbringing. But not all women see it the same way.

    One of the great things about the US is having the freedom to make our own decisions. One comment mentioned women who choose abortion do it for primarily selfish reasons, but is it not just as selfish to rob her of the rights to her body because of your own beliefs?"
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  • -6 +1 -7 R2D2 Aug. 1, 2014
    "Abortion should be legal in some cases. It should not be legal in others.
    You are 16, in school, and plan to graduate and go to college. One day you are raped. You become pregnant. You do not want to continue with the pregnancy because it will hurt your grades and education. You should be allowed to have an abortion because the pregnancy was not your fault.
    You are 30 years old. You are married and in a stable career and life. You have all the kids you want (7, 2, 0, whatever) One night you have sex without using a form of birth control. You get pregnant. You do not want to continue the pregnancy because you do not want a/another child. you should not have an abortion because the pregnancy was your fault."
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  • -6 +2 -8 ... Apr. 24, 2014
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    • 0 0 0 Brooklyn Sep. 21, 2015
      "Because if someone believes something is wrong they don't wanna have to pay for it.Say you believe that abortion is wrong"which you obviously dont" would you wanna help pay for it"
  • -6 +5 -11 Seth Apr. 18, 2014
    "The thousands of farm animals slaughtered daily in the United States are all intellectually and mentally superior to a human fetus and, with that, a human infant. Seeing as the majority of Americans have deemed the slaughter of such animals to be acceptable, the only course of action which is morally and logically consistent is one which, at the least, allows for abortion."
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    • 0 0 0 Ano Nov. 18, 2014
      "First, we don't slaughter animals, we give them a good life then kill them for food. A human fetus, as life begins at conception. A child is visably alive once they are born, so is it any different when the child is in the womb?"
  • -6 +8 -14 its not your body Mar. 19, 2014
    "the government should NOT control the woman's body. would you want someone else telling you what you can and can't do with your body? i wouldn't. there needs to be a choice for her. I'm not saying she has to have an abortion... adoption is perfectly fine, but the woman shouldn't be forced to go through the 9 months carrying the baby and then childbirth. what if she is poor, young, single, in school, sick, not ready or able to care for the child? or what if the baby is sick? I've noticed that the con people think about the baby more then the women. um she's the one in control. she's the one carrying the baby. she's the one actually alive and living. us pro people aren't against babies, we're for women rights. who isn't? obviously people who think its okay to force women to do something they don't want to do. AND IF ABORTION IS ILLEGAL, THEY WOULD HAVE TO HAPPEN UNPROFESSIONALLY AND UNSAFELY. THAT IS NOT OKAY. ABORTION NEEDS TO STAY LEGAL. like duh."
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  • -6 +12 -18 Sitara Singley Mar. 15, 2014
    "Life begins at birth. it is my body, my right, and my choice. i don't have to defend myself, you don't have to like it, but I'll be damned if you will take my rights away. I know what is best for me, and there is nothing wrong with that. #pissedoffliberalpatriot"
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    • 0 0 0 James C. Feb. 23, 2015
      "That baby cannot be angry at you for taking its right away. Like a guppy can't defend itself from a piranha . Actually, the guppy at least can run."
  • -7 +5 -12 UltraGirl Apr. 13, 2014
    "I think abortion should be allowed ONLY in certain situations, like, for example, if the mother was raped."
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  • -7 +19 -26 emmi Mar. 13, 2014
    "You have the right to do what you want with your body."
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  • -7 +12 -19 Tati B. Mar. 7, 2014
    "A woman has the right to do whatever to her body. So no one should deny her the right to do what she thinks is best."
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    • -1 +1 -2 Brianna Mar. 20, 2014
      "Sure its your body, and you are correct saying that you should control what you do with it, but the body inside of your body is not your body. Since when did you have two heads? How about 2 sets of arms and legs?? Just saying you shouldn't be able to kill a body that's not yours..."
  • -7 +8 -15 precious Jan. 27, 2014
    "I feel that the only way or reason for someone to ever in life get a abortion is if they got raped. if it was a mistake or not u choose to have sex the other times so take responsisblity for what you've done as person because you have ruined an innocent life and killed a child of God."
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  • -7 +6 -13 Florida Jan. 27, 2014
    "Well, I think abortion must not be legalized because to do the abortion means to kill someone. Today, there is contraception. people should use it. Babies are not like bad teeth to be jerked out because they cause suffering.An unborn baby is a baby nevertheless."
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  • -7 +3 -10 SHFDH Jan. 22, 2014
    "i think the only way you should abort is if you get raped or something..."
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    • -3 0 -3 Roo Jan. 31, 2014
      "That's completely understandable and hard for a woman. But God feels that when you do abort in this situation you're punishing the child for something they couldn't control, it's sort of like revenge. What's great is that the majority of women that do get raped and pregnant keep the baby."
  • -7 +11 -18 SHELLY Dec. 9, 2013
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    • +2 +3 -1 elizabeth Feb. 14, 2014
    • 0 +3 -3 jcauldren Dec. 11, 2013
      "No abortion is safe as they always result in the death of one person, sometimes both.

      Do you disagree that the unborn child is a living human being?"
    • -1 +2 -3 SHELLY Dec. 12, 2013
      "i dont care what it is lol. It doesnt have a right cuz the mother has the say. The fetus does not speak. It knows nothing. Who cares if the fetus doesnt survive.. The woman made a decision to whether continue with the pregnancy. But clearly if she has an abortion the baby is unwanted and the mother does not need to get stuck with something that she can get rid of. Atleast shes trying to save herself from being miserable for the rest of her life. Adoption is not the answer. That didnt have to do with your comment but a lot of people say that and its crazy lol 0.o"
  • -7 +9 -16 Sissy Shaver Nov. 19, 2013
    "I would like to state that I have worked in the medical field for over 30 years, in a clinic and different hospitals. I have seen countless cases of pregnancies that have gone wrong and become dangerously complicated for the mother. I even witnessed the case of a pregnancy that was very much wanted and planned for by both parents only to produce an abnormal fetus that was certain to cause the mother's death if the pregnancy continued. I will never forget the tears of the parents as they left the doctor's office. Yet, I have also known extremist "pro-lifers" who are so fanatical in their views that they would deny an abortion even to those women whose pregnancies threaten their very lives and would condemn a woman who had an abortion for that emergency reason. What hypocritical arrogance!"
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    • -2 +1 -3 jcauldren Nov. 22, 2013
      "So, to clarify Sissy, you are for banning most abortions - correct?

      You are against banning abortions where the mother's life is in danger, correct? That makes sense to me, but then again that makes up a very small fraction of the abortions performed.

      So where do you stand when the mother's "life" is not in danger and merely her (and the father's) "way of life" is in danger? Still okay with abortion then?"
  • -7 +4 -11 megan Nov. 13, 2013
    "yes because it is a human being and when a baby is killed it is harming the person that is having an abortion. it should be illegal because the baby is a baby its whole life including inside the womb"
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  • -7 +3 -10 Ricki Oct. 16, 2013
    "In a case where a woman properly used contraception she should be allowed an abortion. This choice is up to the MOTHER no one else should even be involved in her choice. I am a 17 year old girl and am sexually active. I use every contraceptive possible. Condoms, birth control, and pulling out. If I were to get pregnant, I would get an abortion. I have too much ahead of me to let an unwanted pregnancy ruin it. Did you know a woman is more like to die during child birth than a proper abortion?"
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    • 0 +1 -1 jamie Nov. 18, 2013
      "Why wouldn't you allow abortion for women who did not use protection and did not want a child? Why wouldn't you allow women to skip the traditional contraceptives and just let them have an abortion as a form of contraception?

      I assume it's because you feel something about abortion is wrong? What? Sincerely curious."
  • -8 +2 -10 E Oct. 17, 2014
    "There are absolutely no pros to abortion!!! It's killing a baby!!!!!"
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  • -8 +1 -9 Lyla May. 6, 2014
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  • +31 +56 -25 Sharla Sep. 27, 2014
    "If you don't know the ugly reality of abortion, read Abby Johnson's book Unplanned. She's the former director of an abortion clinic who left her job after assisting with an ultrasound-guided abortion. Read up on Margaret Sanger, eugenicist and founder of Planned Parenthood, or Dr. Bernard Nathanson, former abortionist turned defender of women and the unborn. Talk to thousands of mothers (and fathers) from Silent No More who regret their abortions. Find testimonies of those who survived abortion - Melissa Ohden, Gianna Jessen - and those who were conceived in rape - Rebecca Kiessling. Educate yourself on fetal development and the negative effects of abortion on a woman's body. Women deserve so much better than the violence of abortion. If you're facing an unexpected pregnancy, you can do it! There's help out there. Love and hope beat fear and darkness every day of the week."
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    • +1 +1 0 Calvin Vandegrift Mar. 30, 2015
      "Russell Crawford said that the Nazis were pro-life. This is not true actually. The Nazis were pro-life in the sense that they did not want healthy Aryan women to get abortions. The reason for this was that abortion decreased the population of healthy Aryan children. On the other hand they were totally pro-abortion when it came to non Aryan women. The Nazis believed that a woman's body belonged to the state and that the state would decide what to do with it. The only time an Aryan woman could get an abortion was when she was considered to be unhealthy. The Nazis widely used abortion as a form of population control in non Aryan nations."
    • 0 0 0 sam Sep. 3, 2015
      "Neither a million regretted abortions nor the harm done to women's bodies is worth the abuse/neglect suffered by one unwanted child forced into existence by people who are simply not involved. It is easy to spot the people who were never abused or neglected as a child. They are the ones that are opposed to abortion."
    • 0 +1 -1 James C. Feb. 23, 2015
      "Adolph Hitler missed the point. Why would you kill someone to stop someone from killing another. Not pro-health, just a little confused. Sorry, I said a little."
    • 0 +3 -3 Russell Crawford Feb. 15, 2015
      "Your main focus seems to be guilt by association, so lets see how that works. Adolph Hitler was the strongest of all pro life advocates. He passed laws making abortion a capital offense and killed both abortion doctors and women that practiced abortion. In addition the Nazis were strongly conservative Christians. The opposed nearly everything the current evangelical Christian movement opposes. They believed that the Church as State should work together to stamp out the evil excesses of liberal society.

      Now how does that fit in with your guilt by association argument?"
  • +27 +50 -23 Jaime N. Oct. 6, 2014
    "Killing an innocent, unborn child is cruel. I think if you aren't ready to have children, you shouldn't be doing things that provide them."
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    • 0 0 0 journey Oct. 8, 2015
      "what if you didnt choose to"
    • 0 +1 -1 sam Sep. 15, 2015
      "'Create them' would be a better choice of words. But there are two massive problems with your statement. First, 'unborn child' is an oxymoron - a contradiction in terms. If it is not born it is not a child. If we were in a sufficiently enlightened society to actual encourage women who find themselves pregnant, but don't want to be to abort early enough, the fetus would not even be able to feel pain. Hence no cruelty at all. But the second, much bigger problem is is what happens to the child that is eventually born to a women who either cannot or will not care for it. You say you are opposed to cruelty. There is nothing that comes close to the cruelty of child abuse or neglect. An abused child grows up thinking that he or she is worthless and then spends the rest of his or hr life making choices to prove that is so."
  • +18 +46 -28 Daughter of God Mar. 20, 2014
    "Science has shown the fetus to be a living person. The killing of a fetus is murder.

    A woman can prevent her pregnancy. It would be her fault if she got pregnant and did not want to be pregnant, except if she got raped. But still, the murder of a fetus is much worse than rape.

    God has a plan for every single person, unborn and born.
    "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart." -Jeremiah 1:5

    "If more people did what was right instead of what they wanted to do, the world would be a better place."

    This killing has to stop."
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    • +3 +4 -1 Russell Crawford Feb. 15, 2015
      "Your idea that the fetus is a living person is easily disproved. Because of speciation, the DNA of the zygote has hundreds of thousands of errors. So the DNA that you assume is human cannot be proved to be human. The idea that when DNA of the mother and father fuse a new human life is created has been disproved.
      The pro life movement has a political agenda that requires it to lie and be deceitful. And you are a victim of those lies."
    • +2 +2 0 Anonymous May. 26, 2015
      "1. The fetus is not necessarily a living person. See above^^
      2. What is a woman's birth control fails? Should she have to pay the price by surrendering her body for 9 months because some technology did not work?
      3. Who are you to decide if the murder of a fetus is worse than rape? You cannot make that decision for the whole of the female population, or the world population for that matter.
      4. Not everyone believes in God. Bringing religion into the argument makes it weak and irrelevant because NOT EVERYONE BELIEVES IN GOD. You cannot use your religion to restrict other peoples' rights. And just because a majority of the human population might believe in God, the option of making abortion illegal/legal affects everyone, whether or not they believe in God.
      5. Honestly, the whole idea of what is right and what is wrong is SO AMBIGUOUS. No one person can decide what is right and what is wrong. What may be wrong to YOU may be acceptable to someone ELSE (for example, abortion)."
    • -3 0 -3 That Guy Mar. 4, 2015
      "Well said"
    • -3 +1 -4 Temper Jan. 23, 2015
      "You are SO smart."
  • +16 +36 -20 Dana Gingello Oct. 25, 2013
    "abortion is disguting and recklessly destructive of our next human generation! STOP ABORTION NOW!!!!!!!"
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  • +16 +30 -14 John Oct. 23, 2013
    "Babies are miracles and need to be treated as such!!!"
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    • +5 +5 0 Ace Feb. 12, 2015
      "Though those who oppose it make pregnancy a chore, and a burden."
  • +12 +23 -11 Billy no lie Apr. 18, 2014
    "If you want to act like an adult do adult things then be prepared to face the reality of things. Every living thing has a soul. And why do we call animals such as elephants who are pregnant a baby elephant. but a person calls a child a fetus not a baby?"
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  • +11 +24 -13 HEAVEN Sep. 11, 2014
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    • +1 +2 -1 Anonymous May. 26, 2015
      "1. Just because someone has intercourse does not automatically mean they are capable of raising a child.
      2. What if the person is raped?
      3. What if the birth control fails?
      4. Just because someone consents to sex does not mean they consent to raising a child. Similarly, just because one consents to a date does not mean they consent to marriage. The situations are similar: the former eventually causes the latter. Just because step 1 has taken place does not mean step 2 has to."
    • 0 0 0 Jose Garcia May. 26, 2015
      "Best thing I have seen so far, nice."
  • +9 +18 -9 a living person Nov. 5, 2014
    "so would you wish you where not born killed in the womb so that you would never be born. It is a person there is no second life there is only one life when you die you die. it is killing a person murder by their own parents and a doctor whos job is to kill babies for a living. One thing i know, it is better to be alive and make my own choices in life to make it better in the future not just for me but everyone else. They babies could be the next president the next doctor to find the cure for cancer the next Einstein but we will never know because they where never given a chance to become more than the child you never had a living breathing person. Every person has a purpose and now we have less people doing what they need to do in life so yes chose life. Simile your parents chose to give you life. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH IT?"
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    • +2 +3 -1 What? Nov. 5, 2014
      "There are a few logic flaws here:
      1) You are confusing past actions with a forced future. You could just as easily say "so would you wish your mom was raped so you could be born?" If your parents never had sex, you wouldn't exist. Would you really want your parents to be forced to copulate just so you could exist? And no pregnancy is guaranteed anyway. Your mom could have gotten 5th disease and miscarried.

      I can tell you right now, I would NEVER wish my life over another. If my mom did not want me in her womb, I would not want to be there. If a blood donor does not want to donate blood to me, I don't want it. If I die without another's sacrifice, that is their right.
      2) You are also for some reason assuming every baby will be a super star? People grow up to be murders too. I don't know why you think those who never existed will be so much better than those who do exist. This seems like really wishful thinking.

      Society would be better served making sure the people we do have live to their full potential, thus becoming the Einstein you are hoping for. Forcing people to copulate and bear children does not achieve that goal."
  • +8 +17 -9 SK Jul. 22, 2014
    "This topic relates so much with emotion. I would say NO even though it is true that some people have a hard time to have a baby in a worst situation. While one was unconscious, the baby was killed. The baby that would have called you "Mom". If abortion was legal, how many unborn children were killed. The unborn baby's life should be decided whether they want to live or die, not by the mother. Please don't mind with my broken English."
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  • +8 +17 -9 Benjamin Nov. 1, 2013
    "Rape takes up only 1% of the reason for past cases of abortion anyways. So why are people using rape as such a big example? Also, yes you women who would like to get an abortion have rights to do what you want with your body, however, the fetus is not part of your body. If you fill a cup with water, is the water part of the cup? No. It is a separate object within the cup. It is its own person. You do not have the right to take away an unborn child's life. It is innocent and has don't no wrong. There are millions of people willing to adopt who cannot have children of their own. Another thing, If someone kills a pregnant woman, he/she is charged with 2 counts of murder. Therefore, killing an unborn child is murder in the eyes of the law. I don't understand how this doesn't apply to abortion."
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  • +7 +9 -2 Andrew May. 19, 2014
    "With few exceptions, I think that abortion should not be legal. Rape would be one of them, and if it puts the mothers life in danger. But other than that, you really choose if that human being comes into your life. Once you make that choice, it really is not your life you are taking anymore."
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    • +1 +1 0 Anonymous May. 26, 2015
      "When you say rape is the exception or when the mother's life is in danger, you are abandoning the FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE of your argument. Because a fetus who is made from either consensual sex or rape are no biologically different. If one is alive, so is the other. If one is a blessing and must be protected, so is the other. When you say "___ is the exception" you betray this: it isn't about the life. It isn't about the potential human living inside a womb, because if it was, you would not care HOW it got there, you would only care about the fact that there is something there that needs protection. When you say "rape is the exception", you are treating the pregnancy as a punishment. You are punishing someone who dared to have consensual sex because they "asked" for something like this to happen. The pregnancy is a consequence of someone who dared to have consensual sex without the goal of procreation."
    • 0 0 0 James C Feb. 12, 2015
      "Because it is illegal doesn't mean the charges should be brought up against the one having the abortion"
  • +6 +12 -6 Richard May. 19, 2014
    "If it is such a right, then let the individual pay for it themself. That way they burden the murder individually, not all those who are paying taxes to support it."
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    • +2 +2 0 Pam Mar. 27, 2015
      "You do have to pay for an abortion. No ones tax money pays for it."
    • -1 0 -1 Love your mom Feb. 13, 2015
      "JC: That is one of the cruelest things to say! Why are you asking people to consider forcing their own mother to do something against her will like that! OMG. How rotten. I suppose people do try to pay donors for kidneys when they are dying, but they are asking people to voluntarily trade the kidney for money, not force them down and take it! Wow. I love my mom. I'd never force my life on her."
    • -1 +1 -2 JC Feb. 12, 2015
      "How much can you pay for a human life? How much would you pay your mother to allow you to survive if your planned on ending your life."
  • +6 +11 -5 Josh Pennington Apr. 25, 2014
    "I've seen first hand what abortion can do to a person psychologically. Also, every living thing has a right to life. How is bacteria on Mars considered life when LIVING cells in a fetus are not?!"
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  • +6 +15 -9 liv Apr. 21, 2014
    "u r killing a human being what if ur parents killed u"
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    • +2 +3 -1 Ace Feb. 12, 2015
      "If my parents had killed me, I wouldn't be here to care about it. How is a fetus human?

      Also, Liv, PLEASE use correct spelling, it's a pet peeve of mine and frankly, it doesn't help an argument."
    • +2 +3 -1 Emily f age 12 Jan. 23, 2015
      "Are you kidding?! The babies don't even remember when they were in the womb! NOBODY does! They can't even cry!"
    • 0 0 0 24 Mar. 24, 2015

      I do agree with you that Liv's grammar was terrible. Yet, you might want to check the grammar of your own sentence. Your second sentence ought to have a comma after 'mine' because, "Frankly, it doesn't help an argument" is its own separate independent clause. I am not claiming that my own paragraph is grammatically perfect, I'm simply pointing out that you can't act like an idiot on a high horse."
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    • 0 0 0 James C. Feb. 23, 2015
      "They are still human. They are still US citizens. That's unless they change species in the womb. Homo sapiens remember.
      When a fellow citizen cannot express and protect its rights, the government and the people around it should stand up to protect that person. Don't be a hypocrite and protect your own rights and not even protect your own child's rights."
  • +6 +17 -11 ALLYANNA TAYTE Nov. 11, 2013
    "i am a con beacse your killing a a human being that is like commiting murder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1"
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  • +5 +11 -6 GFGFU Jan. 22, 2014
    "They have the right to LIVE!!!!!! NOW IMAGINE OF YOUR PARENTS ABORTED YOU?????!!!!!!!!"
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  • +4 +16 -12 Jaime N Oct. 6, 2014
    "It's not fair to the child who had no say so in any of the matter to be murdered just because their parents chose to be irresponsible."
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    • 0 0 0 sam Sep. 22, 2015
      "I believe you are viewing God's powers (not to mention His mercy) as a little less than they are. It seems to me that if God wants little Mary to be born, she will be. If I were Mary and the first attempt at creating me was going to end up putting me with a woman who did not want me and could not care for me, I would want to be aborted so that I could go to a better home. This notion that some wayward woman could thwart God's plans by aborting her pregnancy is astonishing."
  • +4 +13 -9 Aidan -- Alias Apr. 21, 2014
    "Abortion is selfish.
    No civilized society permits the killing of other people."
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    • +2 +2 0 Ace of Epic May. 5, 2015
      "Pregnancy can also be deemed selfish."
    • -1 0 -1 Bolouye Apr. 25, 2015
      "It would seem there are no civilized societies yet!"
  • +3 +8 -5 David Apr. 2, 2014
    "I think that there should be an option for niether. While I think abortion is wrong, I dont think it should be illegal. To me, this seems like an intensely personal choice that should be ultimately left up to the woman who this is happening to. That doesn't mean what she may or may not be doing is wrong, it just means that it remains her choice and not a higher power that has little to no interest as to what happens with her. Do I think abortion is wrong? Yes absolutely. I cant however push my beliefs on other people."
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  • +3 +8 -5 Janika Collins Jan. 17, 2014
    "It is wrong and everyone should have a chance at life. If you are grown enough to have sex, you're grown enough to take care of what you created."
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  • +3 +6 -3 Anonymouse Jan. 13, 2014
    "Abortions are killing a helpless child. It is murder. It is illegal to kill a man or living person, but it's going to be leagal to kill a child who hasn't even taken its first breath?! If you can't care for a child, give him/her to an adoption agency! A safe home can take them, instead of killing your own!"
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  • +2 +11 -9 mary Jan. 20, 2015
    "Don't kill a child for a mistake you did. Take responsibility, and grow up and face the fact that you have to take care of that child."
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    • -3 +2 -5 Upsid Jan. 21, 2015
      "I agree, if you have a child and don't want to take care of it there are many places you can call. However, if you are pregnant and don't want to be pregnant there is nothing these agencies can do. In that case, it is best to call a doctor and discuss options.

      Abortion is a perfectly responsible response to an unwanted pregnancy. Glad we agree."
  • +2 +8 -6 Charles Jan. 15, 2015
    "Last time i checked you didnt have 2 head 4 arms and 4 legs or 1 heart you heartless murderers! This is not right! A baby eagle death is a 300k$ fine and its illegal... Yet its legal to murder babies of our own flesh and blood! There are barren mothers who would kill you just for thinking about abortion!"
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    • +3 +4 -1 Organ donation Jan. 18, 2015
      "You do realize that an eagle egg is NOT attached to a being? No one forces anyone to nurture and care for the egg. At the same time, a fetus is inside a woman using her uterus. There is no other case where we let people use other's organs against their will. No one forces you to donate blood or marrow. No one even forces you to take in homeless people who will freeze to death overnight. The only case where we tell someone they absolutely must sacrifice their health and well being for another is when a woman is pregnant. There is absolutely no excuse for it, and forcing a woman to carry a child just to give the child to another family can be classified as nothing but abuse. In any other case, such an act of forced action would be abuse.

      As an aside, there are tons of kids out there waiting for adoption. Please consider adopting them."
  • +2 +6 -4 Jasmine Deleon Jan. 14, 2015
    "The only reason why I do not like abortion is because I feel like it's not their fault to be brought into this world and than to not live life to the fullest and be killed. I mean I get it that you couldn't take care of the baby but there are other options such as adoption but my opinion is that if you knew that you didn't want a child, you should of never had sex or just used a condom. It's really not that hard, but there are other side of having an abortion like suchlike as rape, I get it, you didn't deserve it either but I'm just against it because I feel like it's wrong."
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  • +2 +7 -5 J. Mendoza Sep. 30, 2014
    "If abortion is going to be legal, don't pretend to care about late term. Once the two haploid cells join to form one genetically human cell you either can, or can't kill it. If abortion is a matter of women's health and not a matter of human rights, then Casey Anthony didn't commit murder, she's just an empowered woman."
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  • +2 +8 -6 Olivia Maloney Jul. 2, 2014
    "Abortion is murder, period. It shouldn't be a choice to murder a living person. It's irrational to say that it is a woman's body and she has a right to do what she wants with it. YES that is true, but is another living being living inside her her body? NO. Life begins at conception, it's not just a fetus and that makes us all sound like a bunch of cells. You wish it were true because of your circumstances, well guess what your circumstances are no where near as bad as murder!!! Even if you're a rape victim, that child isn't a rapist. They're innocent, and you're supposed to be the victim no a hypocrite. There's always a better alternative, there are many downsides to abortion. Regret, guilt, health issues. It's a miracle to even get pregnant. It was your choice to become pregnant, and murdering something that is a piece of you, is like killing apart of yourself."
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    • -1 0 -1 Maya Jul. 11, 2014
      "You say "Even if you're a rape victim" and "It was your choice to become pregnant," This doesn't add up. A woman who is raped cannot magically stop a pregnancy. Maybe if she was lucky enough to be able to runout and find pharmacy selling plan B, but not all people who are assaulted are in a position to do that immediately, and some people still don't know it is an option. You seem really bent on blaming women and using this as an excuse to force a woman to use her body to sustain another being despite the fact that this is dangerous and kills women. I am going to be honest and say that I have yet to hear of a single woman who went through a pregnancy without some sort of medical issue, wether it was excessive bleeding, minor tearing, diastasis recti that never healed, the start of weight issues, etc. I just don't see as a society how we can force this on anyone regardless of what the person has done. The rapist gets off easy in comparison. No one forces the rapist to even donate blood, which saves lives and is so much less dangerous than a pregnancy."
  • +2 +7 -5 Adina Waitman May. 26, 2014
    "PART 2:
    Having an abortion can also actually be damaging to the mother. In terms of damage, the mother can be hurt both psychologically and physically. A 2008 journal about public health revealed that women whom undergo abortion increase their risks of being depressed. Similarly, A 2005 study in BMC Medicine said that women whom undergo abortion had higher depression and anxiety scores. A 2005 study by revealed that women whom have an abortion actually had a suicide rate six times higher than that of the average women. A study by links abortion to breast cancer, saying that after having an abortion, women have a 44% higher chance of getting breast cancer. If a women gets pregnant, she must take on the responsibility of bringing that child into the world. If one isn't looking to have a child, they should be careful from the start and not let themselves get pregnant."
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    • 0 +2 -2 Miri B. Jun. 20, 2014
      "This is just wrong. Abortion is incredibly safe. And even if it weren't safe, it has nothing to do with whether it should be allowed. Completely irrelevant. Cosmetic surgery is much less safe than abortion, and no one is trying to stop that.

      But back to the science, abortion is many times safer than pregnancy. Abortion is one of the safest outpatient procedures with few complications. The anti-women's health people find the one in a million who had a complication and tout that story because it is all they have. If you ever stopped to actually analyze the numbers touted by these people, you would realize that if the number of abortions they spout is correct, for abortion to be as dangerous as they also try to claim millions more women would be in our cemeteries. Clearly, not the case."
  • +2 +6 -4 Shayleigh Apr. 24, 2014
    "Fetus comes from a Greek word meaning life. We are killing life through abortion!"
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  • +2 +5 -3 Opal M. Apr. 24, 2014
    "I am completely against abortion. Why? Because, within only a few weeks, the fetus has a heartbeat and is already starting to form. Fetus is the Latin word for an unborn offspring of a mammal, in particular an unborn human baby more than eight weeks after conception. So I believe in making abortion illegal. I am only 17 and already had a child from being raped. But instead of killing the unborn human, I waited until she was born and gave her to a family or couple who couldn't have a child of their own. That is more humane than killing. I helped some one have a child to call their own. The baby will know who I am and will grow up to call me Auntie. Because I did the right and more moral humane choice. This should be the only way for an unborn baby. Life.. NOT DEATH."
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  • +2 +5 -3 Joanna Pederson Apr. 23, 2014
    "Abortion should be illegal since it is against God's law and, although it is your choice, you should choose to give a child a chance to live and enjoy a life that God has given this human being."
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  • +2 +4 -2 Yissel Garcia Apr. 17, 2014
    "my religion saids its like murdering your child and if you had unprotected sex and get pregnant thats on you but if you get raped thats different"
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  • +2 +5 -3 Tingting Apr. 10, 2014
    "The animal, it is they are enemies to kill, but they will never lose the child. Are we human beings are not even the animal?"
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  • +2 +9 -7 megan Apr. 4, 2014
    "no absolutely not whoever thinks different should just go die in a hole!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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    • 0 0 0 Iulmi Jul. 17, 2015
      "What a good argument! I'm astonished."
  • +2 +7 -5 No abortion nomurder Feb. 27, 2014
    "Do you know why I hate abortion? My mother was 18 and she found out she was pregnant, and she kept me, even though she had no money, no way of providing for me, and my father told her she was sleeping around when he stole her virginity. Still she loved the idea of a beautiful baby loving her unconditionally. She knew from the first day that it wasn't just her body, so it wasn't it her choice"
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  • +2 +4 -2 Florida Jan. 27, 2014
    "Well, in my opinion abortion must not be legalized because to do the abortion means to kill someone. Babies are not like bad teeth to be jerked out just because they cause suffering. An unborn baby is a baby nevertheless."
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  • +2 +7 -5 morgannnngiiiiii Jan. 17, 2014
    "abortion should not be legal because you are killing a human and not allowing it to come into the world"
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  • +2 +7 -5 Emmalee Dec. 23, 2013
    "It is killing. I don't care if you think babies are just clumps of cells. You cannot murder. Being against murder is not religious, it's morally correct. It is not a woman's body. It is a body inside of her that she should take care of no matter what. You need to make sacrifices for your children. Everyone deserves a chance in this world. A baby being aborted right now might have been a president to end a war. You don't know what a baby's life would be like had it lived. Just because it was born from rape into a place where it is unwanted does not mean it cannot prevail and become a good person. "Abortion is population control"? People are not CATTLE. Please don't kill your child. It's not hopeless."
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  • +2 +15 -13 Anonymous Dec. 9, 2013
    "I disagree with the fact that abortion should be illegal because you have to put yourself in the shoes of someone who has been raped you don't want to carry somebody else's baby when you don't even know the person who raped you. That's what happened to my older sister she was raped and had to have an abortion so absolutely100% do I agree with abortion it should not be illegal and if it does become illegal then the American population is absolutely stupid for believing that it should be illegal. Just put yourself in the shoes of someone who has been raped and see what it feels like to know that you are pregnant with someone's baby when you don't even know the person who did it to you. So women let's speak out about this topic and why we think it should be legal. I am a Sophomore in High School and I have a voice. What about you?"
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    • +1 +1 0 Nov. 19, 2014
      "Yes Anonymous... YOU DO HAVE A VOICE... what about the baby? who will speak on behalf of the innocent little one who, by no fault of its own is a result of the "RAPE"..."
  • +2 +7 -5 Christian Briley Nov. 13, 2013
    "I believe abortion should only be used if you are raped. But if you are only using abortion because you wanted to have pre-maritail sex that is your fault. I believe if you get pregnant on accident have the baby and put the baby up for adoption or keep it. I believe abortion is not right for your own personal birth control!"
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    • +3 +3 0 Married Nov. 25, 2013
      "You know that married people have abortions too, right? I know several married women who had abortions with their husbands right beside them. Stating "...have pre-maritail sex that is your fault." is ignoring a large subset of the population. Birth control fails at the same rate for the wed and unwed."
  • +2 +10 -8 Eli Nov. 7, 2013
    "When my girlfriend recently opted to have an abortion, I was against it but tried to be as supportive as possible. (Her reason? She was not "ready" to be a mother).

    At the clinic, no one looked at me, no one asked my name, no one asked me to sign anything. My kid was about to get killed and I, the father, was a non-entity in their eyes.

    Don't be fooled by the fluffy title: "Planned Parenthood" is code for killing babies. As is "Terminate the pregnancy".

    My girlfriend has felt so guilty ever since that she cries herself to sleep every night. And I will never forgive myself for letting my child down when he needed me the most.
    I try to forgive her but I cannot forgive the liberals and feminists in this world who support abortion and helped end my child's life for no reason."
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    • 0 +1 -1 Eli Nov. 17, 2013
      "G-d bless you my friend, I hope you never have to go through this situation and that abortion remains a hypothetical issue for you."
    • -1 +2 -3 dyfts Dec. 5, 2013
      "If you are talking to me when you state "I hope you never have to go through this situation and that abortion remains a hypothetical issue for you." I have already had an abortion, and I don't regret it at all. My husband was right beside me the entire time, which was really a huge help (because the anti-women's health people were so scary). This is actually why I speak out so much for a woman's right to choose.

      The hardest moments for me were right up until the procedure because I was convinced the anti-women's health people would somehow prevent me from obtaining the abortion and I would be forced to carry the pregnancy. Those people are horrid, and scary (seriously, they spit on people). The best feeling was right after the procedure. I felt such a huge relief, and I finally felt free again. I am so glad I got to make this choice. It was absolutely the best choice for my family.

      But I recognize that this is not the best choice for everyone. Some women may choose to carry the pregnancy. Whatever a woman choose, we should support her. Neither choice is easy. You should support your girlfriend."
    • -2 +5 -7 dyfts Nov. 10, 2013
      "Not your womb, not your right to control another's body. If you need a kidney, are you going to tell someone who is a match they are required to give it to you just because they are genetically similar enough to be a match? You had no right to your girlfriend's body regardless of how genetically similar anything in her body is to you. Such thinking just shows how much you objectify women.

      If your girlfriend is upset, then it sounds like she was not on board with the abortion, or she is not being supported. Studies, which you can go to the American Psychological Association to read, show that abortion is not associated with an increased rate of mental health issues. The 3 and 1 campaign also show examples of women who appreciate their choice. This is not to say that no women regret their decision regardless of the decision. You can also find stories of women who greatly regret carrying an unplanned pregnancy to term. It goes both ways, which is why we should allow women to choose and we should be supportive of the choice made."
  • +2 +8 -6 Nicholle Oct. 24, 2013
    "I am con because a baby is a baby. At 24 days it has a heartbeat. It a human being at 24 days. You can hear it's heart beating. It may not look like a human being, but that baby is just as human as me or you are. A murderer is charged with murder when they kill a person so why should it not be the same when a woman aborts a baby. Its the same concept. Either way you are killing an innocent human being. The baby doesn't get to say "hey mommy. I love you. please don't kill me. even though you don't want me, I still want you." Somebody has to say that for the baby."
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    • +1 +2 -1 Ben Oct. 31, 2013
      "Most abortions take place after 8 weeks. at this time the child can feel pain."
  • +1 +1 0 James C. Feb. 12, 2015
    "Every person you love, every person you know every person that has ever effected your life, every person ever to live has come from birth. So by definition, Every person in the world could have been aborted. Imagine your mother never being born, the wife that killed in the clinic. Even worse, what if the most influential people in modern society wasn't born. What if we have already some. If you have been raped the one responsible should be punished. Not the future generations. Protect our future."
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    • +1 +1 0 No Force Pregnancy Feb. 13, 2015
      "This makes no sense. If people didn't have sex, no one would exist either. So are you for forced copulation? And why do people keep assuming everyone is going to be an amazing citizen! This just drives me bonkers. Think about how this world be if no criminal were born rather than if no "amazing superstar" was born. There are more criminals than super stars. You entire logic is flawed, and relies on forced pregnancy. I think a world without forced pregnancy would be wonderful. If my mother did not want me in her womb and because of that I did not exist, that would be great. I would HATE to be in this world as a result of forcing my mother to do something she did NOT want to do. In my mind, that would make me evil. To desire to exist at the expense of my mother, no way. Such a bad thought."
    • 0 0 0 Eric Feb. 23, 2015
      "You say "You want to control your own life. Why can't that baby get the same treatment as you."

      Why can't the woman have the same treatment? You are actually letting the potential baby control her.

      The rest of our argument makes no sense. Rape is illegal, and so should be taking another's body against their will. Thank you for supporting our points with that one. And it makes no sense to compare asking someone to not rape you to being allowed to shoot someone who is not harming you up. All a woman who gets an abortion is doing is asking not to share her body against her will. Anyone asking not to be mugged or raped is asking the same thing. Anyone asking not to be forced to donate blood is asking the same thing. So why is it invalid when a pregnant woman does it?

      And just an FYI: If a child becomes too much of a both to any parent, they DO have a right to terminate the relationship (and it isn't even called murder!). This is why we have thousands of kids in foster care. So you are asking, yet again, a pregnant women to have LESS rights than others in society."
    • 0 0 0 James C. Feb. 23, 2015
      "I think your point is quite valid. However,
      1. Forced copulation
      a. If no one had sex we wouldn't be debating.
      b. No one has the right rape another person. Whether it be a rapist, lab based or whatever. We however, have the right to live.
      2. If you want to die instead of getting a vaccination, is the vaccination the real problem sir. Same for seat belts.
      3. No every one may not be special. There is a chance though. The statement you made, shows that you would be able to take that risk. I wouldn't be able to gamble with a human life.
      4. "I would HATE to be in this world as a result of forcing my mother to do something she did NOT want to do."
      If your mother has the right to kill you in the womb why can't she kill you later. Maybe you pooped too much. Your mother felt that you had become to much of a bother for her.
      Maybe, In elementary you start acting out. Your mother gets tired of your behavior and kills you. Maybe you do become a bad person. She gets the right to go GI joe fill you full of bullet holes. Lives don't equate to chooses. If one person can choose if another person dies, how are we equal.

      In conclusion, You want to control your own life. Why can't that baby get the same treatment as you."
    • 0 0 0 Eric Feb. 22, 2015
      "What else are you for making people do in the name of "saving a life?" Is forced vaccination okay, since these diseases kill? Is forced medical treatment okay? What about laws requiring helmets and seat belts? It is interesting to think where one's rights end and society can start controlling you. I, personally, and against the "nanny state" telling people what they can and cannot do even if it "saves a life." Different people have different risk analysis. I may decide the risk associated with not wearing a helmet or drinking sugary drinks is okay, another may not. I may think the risks associated with pregnancy are not okay, but another may invite them. Either way, no one should be able to make you give you health to another. I wonder how that would stand up in court in other situations where even children tried to force bodily resources from their parents."
  • +1 +3 -2 r.l.b. Jan. 29, 2015
    "our life isa gift. why would you take it away from someone who hasnt done anything."
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    • +4 +4 0 Eric Feb. 23, 2015
      "James: Yes, living is a crime if you decide to steal someone's kidney to do it. Just saying."
    • 0 0 0 James C. Feb. 23, 2015
      ""Rape, illegal. Assault, illegal. Mugging, illegal."

      Is just living a crime comparable to rape. If it is I am sorry, I am alive. Not."
    • -1 0 -1 Upsid Jan. 29, 2015
      "Why would you let someone use someone else's body without permission? Rape, illegal. Assault, illegal. Mugging, illegal. But take up residence inside someone, and suddenly it is okay?"
  • +1 +1 0 Harry Jan. 27, 2015
    "People don't never understand the wrong and the right. And what's wrong is that abortion isn't good. It's understandable if you got raped but that is not an excuse for you to kill a little baby. What you can do is that let somebody adopt your child and just like that you didn't kill the baby and you don't have to take care of it also."
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    • +1 +1 0 Take care Jan. 29, 2015
      "I just want to point out that you are saying "and you don't have to take care of it also." But really you mean "You have to take care of it, risk your life, risk your well being, risk your job, risk your friends, etc for nine month and THEN you can give the newborn up for adoption, if the father doesn't try to claim custody and if you can find someone when there are over 10K kids in the foster care system,"

      You are making pregnancy sound simple. Is not. It is a lot work and I do not think any woman comes out in better health. People also have to take a semester off of school, or lose the chance at that promotion. And you also make adoption sound simple, when it is not. The grieving process from an adoption can last decades.

      You say "People don't never understand the wrong and the right." and then you basically go on to say that women don't matter and should be slaves to whoever needs their body. That is what sounds wrong."
  • +1 +5 -4 Mycal Jan. 9, 2015
    "I think that abortion should be illegal because if you were grown enough to have sex you should accept your responsibility."
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    • +2 +2 0 James C. Feb. 23, 2015
      "That is not an argument. Ugh.

      Okay we as humans make mistakes okay. No one is perfect.
      The point is that One person cannot dictate if one person lives based on what they do.
      You can't argue with a lack of empathy, an argument that requires just that."
    • +1 +1 0 Why is sex bad? Jan. 18, 2015
      "Getting an abortion is accepting responsibility. Not sure why birth is the only way to accept responsibility for an unplanned pregnancy. No one tells a skateboarder who breaks her leg to accept responsibility and splint it herself. Going to the doctor and choosing treatment is considered okay there. Not sure why sex should be so much worse than other activities."
  • +1 +4 -3 Evaclair Nov. 15, 2014
    "Just take a second to think, why are you here today? Because you just happened to be born? I'm afraid that it is much more than that. You probably always wished that you had better and less strict parents and I felt the same way too. But your parents love you and they chose YOU to live. Lets just say it like...they allowed you to live and they gave pity to your small little hands and your big eyes. They had hopes for you...and your future. When they have you deep down in their stomach, they dream of you being a successful daughter/son. And just know....they love you from the bottom of their hearts and they will never EVER stop loving you."
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  • +1 +4 -3 Saige Nov. 13, 2014
    "Would you kill a baby if you could see it in front of you? No? alright then. Abortion is murder. No matter how others try to say it's a "right" or it's "Okay" its not. there is a wonderful thing called adoption. instead of abortion, put the baby up for adoption."
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    • +3 +3 0 Saige Nov. 14, 2014
      "There was actually a court case where someone didn't want to donate an organ to a family member. Guess who won? The owner of the organ. There is precedence to controlling your own organs."
  • +1 +3 -2 jasmine Nov. 12, 2014
    "no , abortion should'nt be legal because killing an unborn child is not right because the child deserve to live like any other human being should ."
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    • -1 0 -1 organ donation Nov. 15, 2014
      "I feel the same way about organ donation. If you are a match to a dying person, you should no longer have a right to that excess organ. Someone will die without your organ, and you need to donate it. You are right, life trumps all else. We need to start a mandatory blood and organ match pool so we can start saving the lives of all these people dying waiting for organs."
  • +1 +4 -3 Cheyenne H. Nov. 4, 2014
    "I am totally against abortion !
    I see at is if you can have sex and even if your a teen and you think you can handle sex then you should be able to take care of a child yes, sometimes condoms and birth control messes up but you still put yourself in that position don't sit there and kill your baby because you can't handle it or don't want it give it to someone who can't have kids dont end their lives because YOU made a mistake !
    There is NO reason for abortion & anyone who is with it disguest me !!"
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  • +1 +3 -2 Brianna J. Nov. 3, 2014
    "I think that abortion should not be legal because it is murder in my opinion because every human born or unborn has a reason to live whether they find it out when there three or when they find it out when they are thirty years old, every is made for a reason. God does everything for a reason, even if you were raped and got pregnant god does it for a reason, even if you think your not ready to become a parent god thinks you are ready or else he wouldn't give the gift of a baby."
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    • 0 0 0 Donate blood Nov. 4, 2014
      "This is a great reason to be for forced blood donations. Not doing everything we can to save all lives is just hideous. Although, I do sometimes get stuck in the loop that if God does everything for a reason, was it intended that the person I am giving blood to should bleed out and die?"
  • +1 +3 -2 GodlyMan Oct. 31, 2014
    "I just want to know one thing. Why would you want to kill your own baby. I don't know about y'all but if I have a child I would never want to kill or hurt him in any way. To me Abortion is just plain wrong and anyone who says it is just as dumb as the person who wants to get an Abortion. So, that's all I wanted to know. #Abortion should be illegal"
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  • +1 +7 -6 Marsha Morris Oct. 29, 2014
    "If people want to have sex and not take care of themselves properly, then they should have to deal with the consequences that come with having unprotected sex."
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    • 0 0 0 sam Sep. 22, 2015
      "First let me remind you of something I think you already know, but may have forgotten. I image that you have at some point felt neglected or abused. If you're like everyone else, you would rather have a broken leg then to be rejected by someone who you desperately want to love you. Now multiply that by a thousand since the abuse and neglect happen day after day, year after year.
      So what are you saying? As I understand it, you are saying that if a woman who does not have it together finds herself with an unintended pregnancy, she's the one who should feel abused of neglected when she ignores / starves / beats her baby. I agree. But I'm a little uncertain how that's going to happen."
    • -2 0 -2 Exactly! Nov. 2, 2014
      "This is how the world should work with everything. Drive and don't take care of yourself, you should have to pay the consequences when someone runs that red light. Ski and don't take care of yourself, and you should be splinting your own leg. People need to start being responsible and stop expecting society to pick up the pieces."
  • +1 +3 -2 Allison Oct. 23, 2014
    "I believe that abortion should be illegal because the mother is killing a innocent baby. I think the mother should carry the baby and nil he or she s born then put the baby up for adoption. Then the couple can care for the baby as the mother decided not to. I garrentee you will regret killing your child because the mother was being irresponsibe and careless. After adoption the child will be loved and cared for."
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    • 0 0 0 What? Nov. 2, 2014
      "Actually, according to the bible everyone is created in original sin, so the fetus isn't innocent at all. Either way, no life is more valuable than any other life, so even if the fetus is alive it cannot take precedence over the host. Or do you think the woman carrying the fetus has less right to life?"
  • +1 +6 -5 Annie Oct. 6, 2014
    "It should be no contest that life is precious. Why blame the baby if the father was a rapist? Why discriminate against the child if he or she has a birth defect, disease, or some other kind of disability? Why allow abortion just because the parents want to be sexually active without assuming responsibility for a child? Sexual activity naturally produces offspring. To make it unatural by any means hurts people. That is the bottom line. We must love others, and be forced to do so."
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  • +1 +4 -3 Abigail C. Oct. 3, 2014
    "Abortion is an inhuman acy among women. They are considered humans and you are killing the. They feel the pain of an abortion. They should not be punished for foolish acts of adults."
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  • +1 +4 -3 Vee Sep. 5, 2014
    "The reason most people say ( no to abortion) is it's mostly poor girls who need the voice and choice and if they can't have an abortion then there will be more people to fight their wars abortion give choice that's what all the fuse is about."
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  • +1 +3 -2 Kay S Aug. 11, 2014
    "I'm putting a comment on both sides. My comment here is that Swedish study showing depression shows the wrong control group. Do women who had an abortion as young women show more depression than those who gave birth at the same age? A control group of the general population is meaningless."
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  • +1 +2 -1 Genesis Jul. 22, 2014
    "Abortion is murder and we say murder is wrong and they will be punished for their crime so doctors and woman that practice abortion should go to jail and plus if they didn't want to get pregnant their are so many ways to prevent pregnancy or don't have sex at all if your not ready to be a parent its not right to take a innocent life just because they didn't take the steps necessary to prevent pregnancy. Also their are so many couples that want a baby and cant so they should have the right to adopt a baby. Its funny that you think its ok to get in abortion since you already had the chance to live then its ok. Think about this what if you got aborted you wont like it. We don't know the pain that the babies go throw when they get ripped apart by the doctors"
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  • +1 +2 -1 Elise Jun. 2, 2014
    "For those of you that disagree with me, please consider this; when you abort a pregnancy, you also take away the chance for a woman like me, who cannot have her own children, to adopt a perfectly healthy human being. I would do anything to carry my own child or feel the baby kick for the first time and to hear its heart beat for the very first time. It's unfortunate and incredibly sad to think some people think it's ok but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I just hope if anyone is going through a tough time deciding whether to keep the baby or to abort, think of women like me that will NEVER have the opportunity to say, "Honey, I'm pregnant." This is a life we are talking about here. Yes, sometimes it may not happen by choice but there is always a reason for everything. God doesn't make mistakes, He makes miracles happen. We are ALL fearfully and wonderfully made regardless of the circumstances."
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    • +1 +2 -1 Miri B. Jun. 20, 2014
      "It is incredibly selfish and immoral to force another woman to carry a child against her will just so you can adopt a child. Not to mention that there are thousands and thousands of children out there to adopt. Please adopt a child out there now waiting for a good home, and stop trying to enslave women to get your perfect baby."
  • +1 +4 -3 Adina Waitman May. 26, 2014
    "PART 1:

    I am against abortion. Whether one wants to admit it or not, abortion is murder. Aborting a child hurts the child, the mother, and the world.
    It doesn't matter if the mother wants to give up the child or not, aborting the baby means killing the child. Unborn babies are humans, even by the US government. The federal Unborn Victims of Violence Act "to protect unborn children from assault and murder". This ac declares unborn babies to be humans, and many other states have been following this way. When a baby is conceived, from then on he or she is on the path to life, growing each and every day. Many of those whom support abortion argue that the baby will undergo a life of pain, being that they are not wanted in this world by their parents. However, this argument is logically flawed. Maureen Condic, a professor at the University Utah School of Medicine says that fetuses feel pain during an abortion. Therefore, in aborting a child in an attempting to avoid pain to the child, one ironically actually causes the child pain."
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  • +1 +5 -4 Adina Waitman May. 26, 2014
    "PART 3:

    Lastly, having an abortion may actually be harmful on a broader scale, as it may hurt the world as a whole. More abortions means less babies to adopt, and this could prove problematic for those looking to adopt children. Similarly, permitting abortion promotes an idea that killing is okay, being that abortion is killing, and abortion is okay. This promotion might increase killing and similar acts. Finally, having an abortion can actually hurt the world because of what it may take away. When a life is taken away so early, all of the child's possible successes decrease, being that the child doesn't exist. Therefore, if one of these children was destined to cure cancer, but then was aborted, what happens to that cure?! It ceases to exist. These children need to be born. They are important to our society today, and to our society in the future."
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    • 0 0 0 Barbara Jul. 14, 2014
      "I love that someone down-rated a post that said:
      1) forced pregnancy is wrong
      2) adopt existing children

      How can anyone disagree with that!"
    • 0 +1 -1 MiriB Jun. 20, 2014
      "Forcing a woman to carry a baby against her will so another couple can adopt is slavery. That is really bad for the world.

      There are thousands of children out there right now waiting for homes. Please encourage adopting of the existing children rather than enslaving women who dearly do not want to carry a pregnancy."
    • -1 0 -1 James C. Feb. 23, 2015
      "It has nothing to do with the women carrying or the people looking to adopt. These are chooses that other people made. If you have right to choose to abort a child, shouldn't the child have the right to choose to live. A fetus cannot express a will to live though, so you want to take its choice away and make it about the women."
  • +1 +2 -1 Cartman Apr. 3, 2014
    "because Abortion is genocide. Women can preach all they want about how "its their body, their choice" but theirs is not the only "body" involved. A human doesnt have the right to decide whether an innocent life lives or dies. The fetus is literally ripped out of the womb and cut to pieces, in what universe is that humane?"
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  • +1 +3 -2 No name Feb. 3, 2014
    "I'm doing an 2 essays on abortion right now an I just want those who have gone through this process, that you have killed one of God's children who is waiting to come to this earth. I am very very sad. I am planning on adopting so that kids with no parents will have good families, but I'm also going to have my own kids."
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  • +1 +4 -3 Roo Jan. 31, 2014
    "The decision to have an abortion or not can be tough. A lot of people say adoption is what to look to. Some say the adoption system is not good. However, it's a fact that 2 million people wanted to adopt a child and there were 1.2 million abortions last year. That means that your child is wanted. It's hard when you don't want your child, but others do want it and can care for it. Why pro-life people are really pushing for other options is because they can't stand a baby getting hurt, they can feel after a couple weeks. If you're reading this an are having a really tough decision, put yourself in the baby's shoes. Maybe your child will become the next Justin Bieber or Nick Cannon. Maybe your child will have cancer. But God will repay you if you make the decision to keep the baby. Would you rather be terminated and not have a chance to fight or live and fight. Being pregnant is a good thing. Women look up to you I you keep the baby, when you make the decision to keep it they don't care how you got pregnant. God will be with you and people will pray for you and your child."
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  • +1 +4 -3 bobtheunicorn Jan. 31, 2014
    "Will not the fetus become a human? Doth not the dog birth puppies? Doth not the cat birth kittens? Yet the human's folly term for their child in the womb is called a "fetus"? The term itself means in latin, "unborn baby.""
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  • +1 +3 -2 Elizabeth Jan. 31, 2014
    "Because you killing someone who is innocent and if you don't want the baby then don't have sexual intercourse or use protection"
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    • 0 0 0 Ace Feb. 18, 2015
      "Protection can fail, you know."
  • +1 +3 -2 Jan. 30, 2014
    "I'm against abortion simply because it's a sin! You're taking a life, abortion is murder, from the time that egg is fertilized it is a person or a baby God created all of us and wanted all of us to have a chance. Somebody who can't have kids would be more than happy to adopt those babies from the people that don't want their kids, give the kids a chance at life."
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  • +1 +6 -5 Annie Jan. 28, 2014
    "Please do not speak for the infants and say that they do not want to live when they do. And we do not know for 100% certain whether they do not feel physical, mental, and emotional pain from the abortion. If the baby is too ill to live, then let him or her pass, but do not take his or her life when the baby is healthy and happy... If you feel that you cannot possibly take care of a baby, then give this baby to an orphanage or foster parents. But if you feel that you cannot possibly bring this baby to term, then you have done something wrong. You have rejected this baby. Jesus Christ, prophet and savior, asked for mercy upon the cross. Mary wanted to go with him, because she was his mother and she loved him. The lesson here is that we must ask permission from God (love itself) before we may do anything at all. Those who break the principal and commandment of love need to learn and then change."
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  • +1 +4 -3 Kaelan Bradbury Jan. 23, 2014
    "I am con because abortions take the lives of innocent children. I hope we all think the same. Those who get abortions are murderers."
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  • +1 +5 -4 Rob Jan. 10, 2014
    "The child is a person too! People talk about a woman's right to control her body but ignore the CHILD'S right to control THEIR body, or even live. Why is one person's right to control their body more important than another person's right to live?"
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  • +1 +4 -3 Kathy Jan. 8, 2014
    "If you want a 0% chance of getting pregnant, then you should practice abstinence. No fetus should suffer...It IS murder."
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    • 0 0 0 Ace Of Epic Mar. 5, 2015
      "Abstinence is the worst pro-fetus argument."
  • +1 +6 -5 Jon Mcallum Jan. 2, 2014
    "Abortion should be illegal. The fetus has every right to live. If you kill it the population decreases. Adoption should be used as often as possible. If someone is rape they should put the child up for adoption. there are no Pros."
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  • +1 +5 -4 Hanny Dec. 17, 2013
    "Here is a song from Steve Green. Just read it, it is a song that sings about abortion:
    Just read this song:

    "Budding roses come and gone, a callous world still carries on vainly trying to look beyond a pain that knows no soothing. Little flowers hid from sight, many colors dark and light are seized and swept into the night. Roses kept from blooming.

    As self indulgence rules our land, some children just don't fit the plan and so we pluck them from God's hand. Is our destruction looming? Precious buds of God's design, grand a gift of love divine where earth and heaven intertwine, yet their rose is kept from blooming.

    May we learn to hold as dear what God Himself has planted here. And may we make the choice in fear, lest we keep God's rose from blooming.

    The joys this earth will never know, little smiles that never glow, lives left longing to unfold. It's a tragedy we're choosing. The sweetest gift that God could give, He made to grow, to love, to live.

    So help us Lord to let them live for they're roses meant for blooming. May we learn to hold as dear what God Himself has planted here. And may we make the choice in fear, lest we keep God's rose, we keep each precious rose. Lest we keep God's rose from blooming.""
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  • +1 +4 -3 Mike McHale Dec. 16, 2013
    "Abortion should not become legal because it is, in a sense, murder. It is "The induced termination of a pregnancy with destruction of the embryo or fetus" -"
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  • +1 +5 -4 dashaneil Dec. 13, 2013
    "abortion should not be allowed every human being should have a chance of life"
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  • +1 +8 -7 Bri Hinton Oct. 29, 2013
    "I don't believe abortion should be okay UNLESS you are a rape victim. That is the ONLY case in which I could see where it would be okay. A great percentage of women that have abortions are between the ages of 14 and 24 and personally I am sick and tired of people thinking that abortion is a form of birth control because it is NOT! You should not AT ALL be allowed to have an abortion just because you're 16 and your parents didn't teach you what condoms are or you didn't know you had to use one and now you accidentally get knocked up. I feel like you should've been more responsible and USED A FORM OF BIRTH CONTROL!!! There are so many ways to protect yourself from pregnancy. I feel like if you think you're old enough to start having sex, be old enough to know the risks and take the precautions. The reason why many parents tell their children that it's better to wait to have sex is because many of them are IRRESPONSIBLE! Parents, teach your kids how to have safe sex if they're going to do it. Kids, listen to your parents and wrap it up. Abortion is WRONG and should be illegal. End of story."
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    • +2 +2 0 Ace Feb. 12, 2015
      "You say it's only good for rape victims?

      What about the following situations as well;
      -The mother/parasite (that's what I call a fetus) will die during labor (One or the other, or both.)
      -Deformities tat could later result in the parasite stopping process and remain in the womb at a certain stage, resulting in stillborn or miscarriage.

      Teaching the child doesn't help either, teens and kids will have sex, regardless of warnings."
  • +1 +9 -8 Unknown Oct. 19, 2013
    "Is murder legal?? No!!! Aborting a baby is certainly murder!!!! It doesn't get any more innocent then a baby!! No matter whAt stage in life!!"
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    • 0 0 0 David Jan. 28, 2015
      "Well said"
  • 0 0 0 Sam Sep. 21, 2015
    "In regards to the "Right to privacy" argument used as a "Pro"...doesn't a woman "give up" her right to privacy when she allows a penis to enter her vagina?"
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    • 0 0 0 Dylan Sep. 21, 2015
      "I guess I follow. Burglars give up their right to live in society when they break into a house. Muggers give up their right not to be strip searched when they steal. Smokers gives up their right to medical care and doctors when they are reckless with their health.

      Although, I am not sure I understand why you are treating sex as something so horrible that we need to take people's rights away over it. I can punch someone and I still have a right to privacy. The priorities seem mixed up here."
  • 0 +1 -1 Calvin Vandegrift Apr. 1, 2015
    "Abortion is a major problem in this country that I don't think many people think about. The seriousness of abortion is much worse than I think most people realize also. We are talking about mass killing centers where people really do die. I feel like planned parenthood has done a good job of covering up the seriousness of abortion. Abortion is the killing of a separate individual. Not something apart of the mother's body but entirely separate. Even though I know that it is inside the mother its still a separate person. Abortion is no different than the holocaust in my opinion."
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    • 0 0 0 Ray Apr. 2, 2015
      "Can you explain this cover up? What information is "covered up." I know when I search, I find a lot on the procedure, numbers conducted each year, and even videos of the procedure (which is nicer than watching open heart surgery). There are even a lot of robust studies that show how much safer abortion is than pregnancy for a woman. It would be nice to know what is being hidden."
  • 0 0 0 Ruby Apr. 1, 2015
    "I understand what some people are saying. But having an abortion is ending something that hasn't even had time to begin. Not just anything, but a little baby that needs you. No matter what the circumstances are it shouldn't have to come to that. That baby inside of you hasn't done anything wrong, so why should it have to suffer?"
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    • 0 0 0 Maia Apr. 1, 2015
      "They woman hasn't done anything wrong either so why should she have to suffer? In no other instance to we give someone absolute rights over another's body."
  • 0 +2 -2 Bridget Feb. 4, 2015
    "Waiting for feminists to realize that it's not about taking away the woman's control over her body, it's about not taking away the life of an undeserving child. What makes your life more valuable than that baby's?"
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    • 0 +1 -1 Rights Feb. 5, 2015
      "Ohh, I like this! What makes your life more valuable than an assailant trying to harm you? What makes your life more valuable than a person in need of a kidney? Yes, we are all equal! And until we start treating everyone as equals, there will be issues. As a society we can decide that babies are super important and so important they have a right to food, clothing, etc even if that means that someone else who is not a baby goes without, but that is NOT equal. That is giving more rights to the baby."
  • 0 +3 -3 Against Abortion Jan. 22, 2015
    "Abortion is a sick sick thing. They are still people! The still have a life and they should not die because of your decision. I'm sorry but, if you got a one year old because you adopted it do you think that it is okay to kill it just because you wanted it? No! That is not okay! Yet it is okay to kill a baby that you just can't see. You choose to do those things and now you just have to suck it up and live with it! A life should not be lost because you don't want it!"
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    • +1 +1 0 Slavery Jan. 29, 2015
      "Slavery is a sick thing. They are still people! No person should be enslaved for any reason. No one ever has a right to use another person's body against their will. Ever. That is slavery, and the bible tells us that is wrong."
  • 0 +7 -7 william Jan. 6, 2015
    "no, abortion should not be legal because an unborn baby is still a living human. they don't deserve to be killed. at least let it live in an orphanage instead of killing. abortion is murder. if you abort on a baby, then you are a murderer"
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    • +2 +2 0 Yep, that is abuse Jan. 8, 2015
      "Better a murderer than a slave. That is like telling someone it is better to be held hostage in a basement for a year then harm anyone in your attempt to escape. Any why does the fetus have a right to harm the woman (all pregnancies are dangerous, and very few do not involve at least one complication), but we tell the woman that she must just put up with this? If this were a relationship, we would call it abuse."
  • 0 +4 -4 Eric Griffith Jan. 6, 2015
    "according to the research abortion should be illegal but why is the bald eagles babies protected but when humans do it your murdering a soul they could be a inspiration to kids everywhere. they could be the next great president. you should listen to john Lennon's song imagine"
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  • 0 +3 -3 Jaedan Jan. 6, 2015
    "reading through the comments, I've seen a lot about "what if they get raped" well first off for women there is 14.8 completed rape. I understand that sounds like a lot, but if these women do not give them the opportunity to rape them, then that solves the problem of rape pregnancy. They need to start giving classes on self defense, so if this happens you'll know how to prevent it. We can stop abortion, we just need to find the ways to do it. Even if you don't want a kid there is still the option of adoption. Giving the child to a family that might not be able to produce kids is 100x better than killing it."
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  • 0 +4 -4 Adrien Jan. 6, 2015
    "abortion should not be legal because it is still considered killing. if a woman does not want the baby, then she should put it up for adoption because somebody else might want it and its not fair to the baby that never got a shot at life."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Daisy Jan. 6, 2015
    "Abortion is practically murder even if the child isn't born. People shouldn't be able to kill a baby just because they made a mistake. That is just like killing an adult. You are taking away a life. If you are unable to take care of the child when it is born then you can set up for it to be adopted. Many young adults don't know the consequences of having sex. You will most likely end up with getting pregnant. Every person should have the chance to live and if they make abortion legal you're taking that away."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Ellie Jan. 6, 2015
    "Abortion is a crime actually. this action is a crime because you are basically murdering this baby. The definition of abortion is the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy. A baby gets a heartbeat at a early 4 weeks of fertilization so therefore it is considered a human because it has a heartbeat. So in conclusion this is a crime because it is a murder because this heartbeat indicates a human being."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Kassidy Jan. 6, 2015
    "Abortion should be illegal because that is murder. The baby inside you is still a person. If you can mess around and get pregnant then you should go through with it. If you make a mistake that gives you no right to take that babies life away. It your fault not theirs."
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  • 0 +2 -2 krrrruptidsoless Jan. 3, 2015
    "Quit having sex if you are pro choice or not. In fact don't have any kind of invasion of another being at all. I am against abortion on all points especially when it is used for supposedly bad life choices. But the argument against predators which attack/kill emotional life growth using incest, child molestation and rape being there is no difference except relationships. Should in"variabl"y be left to the person that was raped. And society should quit burning into the brains of children that they are to grow up and have children. It invokes sex at a young age by causing them to think about adult choices but are told to be treated as children which is what they are, which fosters prostitution and premarital sex. Here is where I stay with my first sentence. Which broken down is in actuality saying don't have sex. The planet has too many people already."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Spencer James Ralsto Dec. 22, 2014
    "Abortion is very wrong even if you are not obeying you religion and what you believe in. Many people get pregnant even when they don't want to but that is your fault and your bad decisions. I am only fourteen and I know this is wrong. This shouldn't legal you are killing your baby and I bet if you thought longer about this would change your mind. Please before you go and kill your baby think about it maybe it would make your life easier."
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  • 0 +2 -2 jazmin castineyra Dec. 16, 2014
    "if you didn't want a baby then don't have it because its not fair to make the baby suffer when it has done nothing wrong, your the one who has messed up not the baby so don't get an abortion just put it up for adoption."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Janna Dec. 2, 2014
    "Killing a living human being is very wrong. Having an abortion should definitely be illegal."
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  • 0 +4 -4 Yasmin Siuland Choy Nov. 17, 2014
    "The abortion is one of the most controversial political issues in the world but abortion, means choosing end a pregnancy. In fact, the debate on abortion encompasses diverse problems because through it is going to put on question the concepts about life; of the institutions; the relationship between mortality and law and the debate about his close relationship or of its necessary separation.
    If it is true that every person has freedoms that are carried out through their rights this ends when begins the other, for this affirmation a woman's right ends when the right of being that develops within she, has begun. So that you choice, is not if you want to be a mother or not, is that if you want to be the mother of a child live or a dead child."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Sam Nov. 14, 2014
    "I don't know how half of these sick minded people have the guts to kill their OWN child! It is a true disappointment. To even think that the option to abort your own child makes disgusted"
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  • 0 +3 -3 Julia Nov. 7, 2014
    "How is abortion not murder???! God has a plan for every life, people do not have the right to just end a life. Those babies are a precious gift from God! =) I can't even imagine killing one of those precious little ones!"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Julia Hetzel Sep. 17, 2014
    "How can anyone say abortion is reasonable? it is absurd. How can you not see that you are killing an innocent being? ! That baby is alive from the moment of conception and nothing should stop that. by just two months, the baby can feel pain, has fingers, toes, and a heartbeat! For goodness sake! how is the baby not alive. I understand that you may be afraid to have the child because of labor or something, but any pain in the world is worth the overwhelming love that you will feel for your child. You already have a growing love for the baby when its not born yet. You do NOT want to have an abortion; it is murder."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Jocelyn Jun. 12, 2014
    "I agree with what the cons are. I also say that unless you are raped (being that if you were raped and got pregnant you had no choice in the matter) it is your responsibility for the human being inside you. And frankly I dont give a damn about your excuses for getting an abortion. Its your responsibility, and you are killing something that never did s*** to you."
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  • 0 +3 -3 tess May. 20, 2014
    "Like the famous quote by Ronald Reagan goes "I've noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born." Enough said."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Sandy May. 20, 2014
    "Warning labels on Booze & Drugs Are Contradicting To The Law! Its all about the terms of the Mother & or the Parents of the Unborn Baby If the Baby is wanted or not"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Ashley May. 20, 2014
    "I think that abortion should be illegal because you are taking away a person life for no person. If you don't want the child or are not ready to be a parent... you should put it up for adoption.It would be a much better choice and your baby can life its life."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Jennifer Fernanda To May. 19, 2014
    "Doesn't matter if the baby has special needs, if the baby is a rape baby, or if your a single mother. Take responsibility for your mistakes."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Magnis May. 14, 2014
    "Science's definition of life is: if there is a detectable heart beat and if there is a detectable brainwave, then it is alive.
    By the 150th hour after conception, both a brainwave and a heart beat are detectable.
    So by science's definition, the baby is alive at that point.
    So abortion is murder, which is illegal everywhere. so by making abortion legal, by extension you are making murder legal."
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    • 0 0 0 Miri B Jun. 30, 2014
      "Murder is already legal. If someone tries to mug me on the street, I can use deadly force to protect myself.

      Also, per multiple science texts there is no consensus regarding what defines life."
  • 0 +2 -2 Kaitlyn May. 14, 2014
    "I con because i think that you should take FULL responsibility over what you have done. And, if you don't want the lovely child you have created, then you should put it up for adoption, do, i think that abortion should be ILLEGAL! and that you should follow the word of Jesus Christ."
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  • 0 +2 -2 meee May. 13, 2014
    "ok, i had to point somethng out... it states, in the article provided for the pro-choice argument "the mortality rate of a colonoscopy is more than 40 times greater than that of an abortion." ummmm, excuse me? i think you are forgetting in AT LEAST 1 DEATH PER ABORTION!"
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  • 0 +4 -4 the voice of reason May. 12, 2014
    "you know, rape, is a very small percentage and that percentage is the exception to this very simple rule. IF YOU DONT WANT A BABY, DONT HAVE SEX. sex literally only exists for means of reproduction. these days all the young women and running around sleeping with whoever and getting pregnant and shirking responsibility to THEIR ACTIONS. they punishment of these choices is the loss of life. there are so many different options that it completely astounds me that women actually go 'hey i dont want my baby (the result of her having unprotected sex) so i think i should kill it so i dont have to take care of it' that CHOICE that all of you pro-choicers are talking about is an incredibly selfish and irresponsible one."
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  • 0 +4 -4 the voice of reason May. 12, 2014
    "if scientists found a bacterium on mars, it would be considered life. how is it that a 2o-something week old fetus is not considered life? the basic idea of abortion is, very simply, ending the life of a being that if left to grow would become a person. if a woman choses not to abort her baby, that baby would continue life and be born. abortion is interrupting life's natural process. everyone says 'oh, a woman can do what she wants with her body' but the fact is that a fetus is not her body. killing a baby is the equivalent of murdering an adult."
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  • 0 +4 -4 John May. 8, 2014
    "Abortion should be illegal in thee U.S. When doing an abortion your are committing a murder. Some people may say"oh the child is not fully developed yet", but the reality is that you a re killing the child's future and life. Even though you killed him/her at a primitive stage, their future is gone, and my definition of murder is the killing of a living organism that prevents him/her from living life in the future. If you don't want the baby because you got raped then you should leave him/her for abortion. This way the child will never figure out that he/she was the result of an accident."
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  • 0 +3 -3 anonymous May. 8, 2014
    "I'm against abortion because it is killing an innocent baby. People say that life doesn't start till you're outside the womb, but then how does the baby come out of the womb alive and how does the baby move around inside the womb? People say that babies cant feel the pain of abortion when they really can. Abortion can also lead to later miscarriages and later health issues to the mother."
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  • 0 +4 -4 Kristie May. 6, 2014
    "Abortion should NOT be legal because it defeats the purpose of life. Its murder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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  • 0 +3 -3 Lynda May. 6, 2014
    "I am against abortion because you are killling an innocent human being who has not had a chance at life. Once an egg is fertilized it is considered a baby. If a woman does not want to keep their child they can put him/her up for adoption, rather than committing murder. Completing abortion is the same as homicide. You are killing a person."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Jade May. 6, 2014
    "I believe that abortion, in the long run, is murdering a child. We should seriously stop murdering children. If you cant murder a newborn, then why can we kill a unborn?"
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  • 0 +5 -5 Jessica May. 5, 2014
    You are killing a human being that does not yet have the rights to decide that on their own. If you do not want the baby, there are many other people out there looking for babies to adopt."
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  • 0 +4 -4 Emilie May. 4, 2014
    "The average lifespan in developed countries (where abortion is even an option) is around 80 years old.

    A woman only carries a child for 9 months - which is close to a year, not even 1/80 of the average lifespan, since age is counted at birth.

    The obvious purpose of an abortion is to kill a child. It's described nicer by pro-abortion groups, but everyone knows why it's done. After all, a pregnancy does produce a messy, annoying baby that the woman might not want to care for or even be able to care for.

    Eventually though, the baby grows in to a little child. And the little child will be a teenager, and the teenager will live its own life. It will be an entire person whose existence does not have to revolve around its mother being poor or not wanting it and the child can still be happy.

    Not wanting to break the news, wanting to stay in school with your class (school becomes more difficult and less likely, but is still an option), not wanting to raise a child (if worse comes to worse - adoption? It won't be easy for the parent, but the child might prefer it over death), and being ashamed of a sexual situation are not reasons for aborting a child. They are good reasons for not wanting to have one, but don't warrant murder."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Softball30 May. 2, 2014
    "Every baby has the right to live. Just because you don't want the child, doesn't mean you kill it, there is so many people out there that want children and can't have them, so find one of those people, have the baby and give it to them. Abortion is murder, and that baby has no reason to die."
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  • 0 +3 -3 brendan May. 2, 2014
    "you are killing a human being. that's all you need."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Karla May. 1, 2014
    "there are so many women who are sad cause they cant have kids and these woman that are aborting the kid inside of them and i ask my self why cant you just wait 9 months and have the child and give it yup for adoption when you give birtn cause i bet you when the give birth to that kid and they hold the baby in their arms there going to regret that day they wanted to abort them and kids are an amazing thing and part of life having a kid is a blessing because you dont know how much joy you can have with them you see them as an infat then you see them going off to college and having a nice career and if you dont want give it uo to adoption and another family is going to feel that joy you didnt want have or just dont have intercorse and ytou wont have to got through tough decisons"
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  • 0 +2 -2 dd May. 1, 2014
    "It is killing innocent human beings that have no say in weather or not their life is to be cut short or not. Plus if someone doesn't want the baby why kill it when there are hundreds even thousands of people who can have a child because of some defect. But could do more than just support the child but give the life it deserves."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Joan Apr. 30, 2014
    "To begin, I would like to point out that I am not anti-choice! I believe that we all have the right to our own decisions on many issues. I am pro-life. We do not refer to the pro-choice community as anti-life, even though that is technically a name for their group. That having been said, the argument: "pro-life society is imposing their morals on women with different opinions" is invalid. Certain issues are naturally known and agreed upon by the common population as being wrong; and murder is one of these issues. A mother does not have a right to murder her child based on their age, sex, race, or abilities. Adolf Hitler killed people based on these characteristics. Some biological facts about fetal development include that there is a heartbeat at 18 days, at 21 days the child is pumping its own blood with its own blood type, at 42 days there are brain waves and a full skeleton, and at 8 weeks all bodily systems are present. If that does not define a human being then I do not know what does. There are over 3,000 abortions taking place daily. If a moment of silence was observed for every child murdered in an abortion since 1973, we would be silent for over 100 years. Offer women better. What mother regrets having a child?"
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  • 0 +5 -5 Karla Apr. 30, 2014
    "i think women shouldnt have abortions because its like murding but its a child that hasent done nothing wrong its just living inside of you and if your parents gave you the right to live why cant you let your child live their life also if you didnt want that child or wish it why did you get pregnant"
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  • 0 +5 -5 Alisha McCorkle Apr. 24, 2014
    "No, abortion should not be legal. This is going to sound rude but, its the truth if you are going to willingly have sex without any kind of protection then you should consider you consequents. An unborn child is just as much human as 1 week pregnant as it is at 2 months old."
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    • -3 0 -3 Layla F May. 1, 2014
      "A child is not a consequence but a miracle. There is a reason why everything happens... you never know the sweet baby could change your life for the better or better yet someone else's! ^.^ the babies that been aborted could of been the person to find a cure for cancer or be the person to make the earth a better place, but we will never know because they didnt get the choice to live as they were planned to. -_-"
  • 0 +4 -4 Sisco Apr. 24, 2014
    "Abortion should be illegal because conception is the beginning of life. That is not your life inside your stomach that is a whole NEW life."
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    • 0 +1 -1 karla May. 1, 2014
      "thats true"
  • 0 +5 -5 Laura-Anne Apr. 15, 2014
    "If one views abortion as a "right", the