Abortion: A Contemporary Social Issue
The issue of abortion has been a widely debated issue over the past twenty years. In fact, it is probably still the most controversial of all the current contemporary social issues heading into the twenty-first century. Abortion poses a moral, social, and medical dillemma that stirs up emotional responses among disputants of the topic.
Usually, there are two point of views on abortion, those that are "pro-choice and those that are "pro-life. Pro-lifers would argue that from the moment of conception, a fetus, or human embryo, is a living person. Abortion deprives this fetus of a chance to live and can be considered murder. The Catholic Church advocates this stance, since we have a moral obligation to preserve all forms of life. Pro-choicers, on the other hand, may feel that the decision to abort a pregnancy is that of the mother and the state has no right to interfere. Actually, about half of the U.S. population are for abortion and the other half are against it. Clearly, what's at stake in the issue is the fetus' right to life.
The actual procedure involved in abortion can be done in a number of ways. As early as the day after having unprotec