To Whom It May Concern: My name is bubba smith, and I am a freshman male at the University of Florida. It has come to my attention that our wonderful state has done something terrible. That something is the allowance of abortions. What is an abortion you might ask? Well it is the termination of a pregnancy, or the killing of a baby, to be simply put. This issue has split our country for years, and I think that we as a state should step and make an example to the rest of the world and stop abortions. It is nearly impossible anymore to find someone who doesn’t have an opinion about abortion.
Yet the endless debates on the topic usually go nowhere, leaving the opponents even more stuck to their positions, and the open-minded observers even more confused, but both sides have a good case. For example an unwanted child is a pitiful thing, and the apparent social problems like child neglect, and financial burden that comes with it don’t have easy solutions. On the other hand, the thought of killing a little baby is disgusting and unthinkable. This is where I stand, and the only solution I can come up with is the total ban of abortions altogether. This task should not be a hard one, but it might take some time. My plan calls for the closing and the illegalizing of abortion clinics, and the prosecution of people who perform these deeds.
As with any big de scion we must consider the opposing views. One reason that the debate on what we should do about abortions doesn’t go anywhere, is because each side focuses on a different topic. We make no progress because we are not talking about the same thing. The anti-abortionists are focused on the fetus’ rights, and the pro-abortionists are focused on the women’s rights. Though these issues are basically interrelated, they are different topics. The issues of the social problems like child neglect and financial burden, and even the issue that it is the woman’s exclusive right to make decisions concerning her body; they are not the problem.
It all comes down to one thing: Is the fetus a person? That is the issue that cannot be agreed upon. Medical science has overwhelmingly demonstrated that biological life begins at conception. Furthermore, the developing embryo isn’t simply part of the mother, it’s a separate being that just inhabits the mother. But for some strange reason, being biologically alive doesn’t, in our warped modern view, make the fetus legally a person. The fetus has no legal standing until it is recognized as a person by our laws.
So what we should change is our laws. Our laws are supposed to reflect our moral beliefs and our ability to make ethical decisions. So what’s the problem? The problem is that ethical decisions almost never affect just the individual making them. If I decide that stealing food to feed my family is okay, that decision impacts the people from whom I steal.
With issues like murder and rape, the impact is even more obvious. Even in my telling a lie there is someone else affected. No matter how much we wish it were so, it’s not possible to establish an ethical system which doesn’t rely on some shared morals, thereby forcing the standards of the majority into a whole. Remember that most of our existing laws are based on moral judgments on which we have somehow managed to agree. We agree that murder and robbery is wrong.
We also agree that rape and kidnapping are wrong, at least enough to pass laws prohibiting it. So, what about abortion? It is obvious that we as people can’t agree on a solution, so I think that someone should make a decision. In the United States alone, women choose to end about 25% of pregencys through abortions (2). The question at hand is why? Why would someone want to end a human life? What would someone gain? These are questions that can’t be answered, and that’s why I think that a woman shouldn’t have a choice and abortions should be banned. Work Cited 1. “abortion.” Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary.
1996. 2. Baptists for Life, Inc. At web.