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PRO-LIFE Carol Everett a former abortion provider confesses that one in 500 women were killed or maimed in her abortion clinics Approximately 1500000 abortions are performed in this country annually If her experience is typical 3000 women are seriously injured or killed by abortion every year Everett 25 They give a woman the right to control her own body which is part of her right to her own freedom and life In this paper I am going to discuss why abortion should be pro-life An embryo in contrast is pre-human only potential not actual life Everett 25 As such it cannot possess any rights Abortion-rights advocates should not cede the terms pro-life and right to life to the anti-abortionists It is a womans right to her life that gives her the right to terminate her pregnancy Nor should abortion-rights advocates keep hiding behind the phrase a womans right to choose Does she have the right to choose murder Thats what abortion would be if the fetus were a person The status of the embryo in the first trimester is the basic issue that cannot be sidestepped The embryo is clearly pre-human only the mystical notions of religious dogma treat this clump of cells as constituting a person Everett 27 We must not confuse potentiality with actuality An embryo is a potential human being It can granted the womans choice develop into an infant But what it actually is during the first trimester is a mass of relatively undifferentiated cells that exist as a part of a womans body Alcorn 113 If we consider what it is rather than what it might become we must acknowledge that the embryo under three months is something far more primitive than a frog or a fish To compare it to an infant is ludicrous That tiny growth that mass of protoplasm exists as a part of a womans body It is not
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