By Daniel Payne January 30, The annual March for Life—a massive yearly gathering of pro-life activists and individuals in Washington DC—took place this past Friday, although you may not have been aware of it. In any case, you may be wondering just what the pro-life movement is about.
It is impossible to know how many illegal abortions were performed prior tosince they were not reported. Still, we have a fairly accurate picture of how many women died from illegal abortions. A woman who was seriously injured as a result of abortion would go to another physician for care; if she died, that physician would accurately report her cause of death as abortion.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, after penicillin became available the number of deaths from abortion stabilized in the 0s to about per year. Bywhen abortion was still illegal in all 50 states, abortion deaths had dropped to half that number. Inthe year before the Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide, only 39 women died—fewer than one per state.
Unfortunately, women are still dying from abortion. Illegal Abortion as a Public Health Problem. American Journal of Public Health 50, no. That is why we have established a nationwide support system of pregnancy resource centers PRCs devoted to providing emotional and material support for women facing both untimely pregnancy and the demands of being a new parent.
Research shows abortion has increased rates of child abuse and other violent acts. Thus, decreasing the number of abortions means that fewer children will be abused. Rue, PhD, and Catherine T.
A person does not have to believe in God to be pro-life. Science shows us that the unborn child is a genetically unique and separate person from his or her mother, even though dependent on the mother for survival.
Research has also shown us that abortion hurts women and men as well and puts women at greater risk for a number of diseases. For these reasons independent from religion, many non-religious individuals have been persuaded to join the pro-life movement.
Though the injustice of abortion can be clearly established without depending on religious arguments, religious faith plays an important role in inspiring people to take an active part in confronting that injustice.
In other words, pro-lifers do not oppose abortion simply because their religion tells them to; rather, recognizing that abortion is wrong, their faith compels them to do something to right that wrong. On its face, it seems reasonable that if it is possible to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies by means of contraception, then it is also possible to reduce the number of abortions.
But in practice this strategy does not work, due to several factors. First, while contraceptives do reduce the chances that pregnancy will result from an individual sexual act, the widespread use of contraceptives increases risky sexual behavior overall. This is demonstrated by the dramatic increase in the number of sexually transmitted diseases and illegitimate births over the past four decades, even as contraception has become more and more widely available.
Next, we must realize that contraceptives often fail. Over half of the women who seek abortions each year report that they were using a contraceptive at the time they became pregnant. Of the nearly 12 million women on the birth control pill, eight to nine percent become pregnant each year, which means nearly a million pregnancies occur annually from Pill failure alone.
Another critical factor in why contraception is no solution for the problem of abortion is that the long-term use of contraceptives may predispose women to seek abortion when those contraceptives fail. Pregnancy is no longer seen as a natural consequence of sex, but a negative side effect.
Moreover, the practice of repeatedly taking action—through the use of contraceptives—against the possibility of pregnancy may make it easier to take action—through abortion—to end a pregnancy when it occurs. Those who continue to insist that contraception is the answer should explain why sexually transmitted diseases, illegitimate births, and abortion are endemic in American society today, despite the fact that contraceptives are available at any drug store, widely promoted in our schools, and heavily advertised in the media.
Promoting ever greater use of contraceptives will not work to reduce the number of abortions. Rather, we must work to change societal attitudes towards sex and reconnect sex with its proper context of marriage and family.
Contraception less reliable than you might think. Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States. See more information here! The pro-life movement does not want to put women in jail for having abortions.
Pro-lifers consider women to be victimized by abortion, whether it is legal or illegal.
Laws against abortion would impose penalties on the abortionist, not the woman.Arguments against abortion declare it to be murder or immoral, but there are legalities and facts surrounding abortion and women’s rights that many critics overlook.
Pro-Choice Reasoning Response to Common Pro-Choice Views Some arguments against the pro-life side are directed to the abortion issue itself, while others focus more on the perceived hypocrisy or insensitivity of pro-lifers. Pro Life vs Pro-Choice Pro Life Abortion To say that someone is "pro-life" is to say that the person believes that the government has an obligation to preserve all human life, regardless of intent, viability, or quality-of-life concerns.
Abortion: Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice Abortion: Pro-Life Vs.
Pro-Choice “Abortion is the spontaneous or artificially induced expulsion of an embryo or fetus” (Abortion, ).
An artificially induced abortion is the type referred to in the legal context. Both pro-choice and pro-life people are equally good at the formal manipulation of logic. The key here is that these two camps start with different axioms about what life is and when it begins.
Pro Life vs Pro-Choice Pro Life Abortion To say that someone is "pro-life" is to say that the person believes that the government has an obligation to preserve all human life, regardless of intent, viability, or quality-of-life concerns.