I can understand anyone personally choosing not to have an abortion.
But this is the definition of the pro-life movement that I've gotten from several sources on the web.
The pro-life movement is a political and social movement focused chiefly around opposition to abortion, and support for the legal banning of elective abortion. Those involved in the movement generally maintain that human fetuses and embryos are persons, and therefore have a right to life.
Now there have been studies about abortion all over the world. And as has been mentioned before on this board and many others... Abortion is just as common in places where it is illegal as it is in places where it is legal.
Approximately 26 million legal and 20 million illegal abortions were performed worldwide in 1995, resulting in a worldwide abortion rate of 35 per 1,000 women aged 15–44. Among the subregions of the world, Eastern Europe had the highest abortion rate (90 per 1,000) and Western Europe the lowest rate (11 per 1,000). Among countries where abortion is legal without restriction as to reason, the highest abortion rate, 83 per 1,000, was reported for Vietnam and the lowest, seven per 1,000, for Belgium and the Netherlands. Abortion rates are no lower overall in areas where abortion is generally restricted by law (and where many abortions are performed under unsafe conditions) than in areas where abortion is legally permitted.
That being the case, it would suggest that the pro-life movement does NOT provide protection for embryos and fetuses at all. After all, it doesn't stop them from dying. All it does is make it unsafer for women.
I can understand focusing on helping women with birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancies. I can, also, understand supporting organizations that provide help to pregnant women and all mothers who need financial and emotional help. But, I don't understand why anyone could feel that making abortion illegal would be a positive thing.
So, my debate questions are:
1: If you are in fact pushing to make abortion illegal, what do you hope to gain by making abortion illegal in light of the article and what is stated above? How does the pro-life movement, as it stands right now, benefit society?
2: What should the punishment be to women who have abortions if it ever became illegal?
Edited 12/10/2009 10:11 pm ET by dreamladyk