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Introduction: Planned Parenthood has written 9 Reasons Why Abortions are Legal. In response, I have written 9 Reasons Why Abortions should be Illegal. Actually, I have been laughing to myself at Planned Parenthood's list, because it is so easy to defeat. It's not Planned Parenthood's fault--there are no good reasons to support abortion, other than serious health issues of the mother or baby.Also, I believe that Planned Parenthood serves many valuable functions. I agree with many things they do. I strongly disagree in their support of abortion. I only chose to debate their particular opinions because a) They are a large, national, pro-abortion organization. b) They have made a list, and my debate tactic suits such a list. I invite you to read the following debate with an open mind andconsider the validity of the two opposing opinions. If you can find any error in my facts or reasoning, I hope you will let me know.
I am an unmarried, conservative male. I have always been supportive of the life of the unborn. However, in the past my opinion was, "Well, the country is evenly divided on this issue. Although I am personally against abortion, there are others who don't agree with me.I won't force the issue unless there is a consensus against abortion. I will thus support the democratic process." However, I have gradually realized that the abortions (murders of the unborn) are continuing at the rate of FOUR THOUSAND ABORTIONS PER DAY in the USA (ONE HUNDRED TWENTY THOUSAND PER DAY worldwide). Meanwhile, some people are actually campaigning to increase access to abortions. Ihave finally realized that, "Abortion is terrible, and must be stopped. Part of the democratic process is the free discussion of ideas. Others are expressing their opinions, and some of them are against mine. I should express my opinions, too. I will thus support the democratic process."
The format of this response is as follows: I have included every word of Planned Parenthood's original opinion.Planned Parenthood makes it's statement, then I refute it one paragraph at a time. In order to guarantee that my response is well separated from Planned Parenthood's original statement, I will color all of my responses blue. Also, all of Planned Parenthood's statements begin with a bullet. (Note: The following discussion is focused on the United States of America. Abortion should be fought inevery country, but the circumstances of each country are different, and some of the below points may not apply to every country on Earth.)
• Abortion is never an easy decision, but women have been making that choice for thousands of years, for many good reasons. Whenever a society has sought to outlaw abortions, it has only driven them into back alleys where they became dangerous, expensive, andhumiliating. Amazingly, this was the case in the United States until 1973, when abortion was legalized nationwide. Thousands of American women died.
Abortion is a hard decision for many good reasons. Whenever a society has condoned abortions, they are greater in number than when abortions are proscribed. Abortion kills babies which could otherwise live a long life. Killing these babies isdefinitely dangerous to them, and much worse than humiliating. Amazingly, because of legalization of abortion in 1973, about 1.5 Million babies (One Million Five Hundred Thousand, or 1,500,000) of American babies are being murdered in legal abortions every year. (Sources: The World Almanac and Book of Facts and the Information Please Almanac.)
• Thousands more were maimed. For this reason andothers, women and men fought for and achieved women's legal right to make their own decisions about abortion.
By your own admission, for every 1 (one) woman that died or was maimed when abortions were illegal, thousands of babies are being murdered. For this reason and others, women and men are fighting for the right of babies to live.
• However, there are people in our society who...
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