The Abortion Debate

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Since time immemorial, abortion has been a highly contentious issue. Proponents of abortion, also known as pro-lifers, affirm that a woman is solely responsible to make decisions about her body and reproductive health. Therefore, if they believe that they do not have the physical, mental or financial capacity to have a baby, they are well within their right to terminate the pregnancy. Opponents of abortion, otherwise referred to as being pro-choice, believe that life begins at conception. Thus, aborting a zygote or foetus amounts to murder since life has already been formed. This paper examines each side's beliefs to determine the beliefs and reasoning behind them.