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Abortions in College In three weeks Sarah will leave for college She broke up with her boyfriend last week and today she found out she was pregnant Should Sarah have an abortion or stop her plans in order to have a baby at eighteen On January 22 1973 the landmark Roe vs Wade decision made abortion a constitutional right Legally Sarah can have an abortion but it has become a social issue that has become a large controversy Abortions among college students are not widely accepted According to a Planned Parenthood study done in 1997 forty percent of seventeen year olds will become pregnant before their twenty-fifth birthday That statistic is directed to college age women Should abortions be easily accepted among college students My own viewpoint is yes abortions should become more easily accepted among college students The main question facing society is the definition of a fetus point of living Even the Constitution gives no clear answer The Constitution uses words like born or naturalized that being interpreted to mean that the rights are protected once the fetus is born Tribe 120 Pro-lifers say that from the moment of conception the fetus is a person and therefore is a bearer of human rights a fertilized embryo is the foundation for a living human being Tribe 115 Hadley 62 The other side says that the embryonic tissue is not living on its own therefore it does not have human rights the fetus is only a potential human being and we confuse actual with potential Tribe 117 Hadley 62-63 The fetus cannot live outside of the mother it is part of the mother Reich No conclusion has been made as to the exact moment when the fetus becomes a baby it is a large gray area So who is right and who is wrong When is a fetus considered a baby Who makes the definition of a human being These are questions
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