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Abortion- Last resort, or murder?
By Catlin Rettke


April 17, 2006

Abortion- "Any of various procedures that result in such termination and expulsion. Also called induced abortion" (

Long harolded as a right that women have by some, and as a gruesome state accepted form of murder to others. Abortion has caused real murders by fanatics, even arson and domestic terrorism.

Abortion in my personal book of ethics is wrong, blatant murder.
But is it? At first it seems to be yes. Almost any religious person will feel the same way.

The key word being religious.

There is, and has to be in our day and age, a separation of church and state. This separation protects us from discrimination and from losing the right to free religion.

This separation of church and state also means that laws will be made based not on purely ethical grounds, but on logical and scientifically accepted grounds.

Abortion, whether we like it or not, is not considered murder. This is because the scientific and medical communities have shown that the fetus is not alive until a certain point in their development, thus terminating the pregnancy before this point is not murder, you can't kill something that is not alive.

While it pains me to say so, I have to say I am pro-choice on the grounds that they have a very definite limit on how late in the pregnancy they can choose to terminate.

The seperation of church and state is vital, and calling it murder when they are not legally "alive" is a purely religious point of view.

Thus, abortion, though wrong, and I venture to say disgusting, should not be made completely illegal.

Catlin Rettke
Ketchikan, AK - USA

About: Catlin Rettke is a 19 year old male resident of Ketchikan.

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