Consider for instance Fig. 1, which demonstrates that the population of states marked in red is equivalent to the amount of abortions since the early 1990s. These are staggering figures, further complicated by the growing trend within American society towards the acceptance of abortion as morally justified, when, in actuality, abortion is the murder of innocent lives. This essay demonstrates this concept by debunking a number of common misconceptions about abortion, ultimately demonstrating the overwhelming need of society to moves towards once again prohibiting abortion.
A number of myths and misconceptions contribute to the growing trend of support for abortion within the United States. One of the prevailing trends of feminist thought is the idea, often quoted as, “My body my choice.” Meaning that since it is the woman’s body in which the child is residing, the woman should have the right to choose whether or not to terminate the life. When considered logically this line of reasoning considerably breaks down. First, the child is comprised of genetic input from both the mother and father. therefore, the child can be deemed independent from the maternal body, as its variant DNA constitutes an entirely new form of life. In this instance, the child is not fully an element of the woman’s body, as it comprised of variant DNA, and is only reliant on the mother for room and boarding, so that ultimately the child is an independent being (Young 2).
Another large misconception held by people who commit abortion is the belief that the aborted child is not alive. Going by the standards of all contemporary science, as well as religious doctrine, the unborn fetus is considered a human. According to Merriam-Websters Dictionary’s definition of organism, this is “an individual constituted to carry on the activities of life by means of organs separate in function but mutually dependent : a living being (As cited in Young 3).”