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Abortion should be illegal

Posted: May 24, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 24, 2013 2:00 a.m.

I believe that abortion should be deemed illegal in all 50 states. Aborting an unborn child should be considered as murder. Murder is defined as; the crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice aforethought. What makes killing an unborn baby different from killing an adult? When does a fetus’ life begin?

Scientifically, a life is created when the sperm fertilizes a female’s egg, and the cells start reproducing. Killing, or "aborting" a baby after that point is considered murder. Under the State of California penal code section for murder, (187PC) murder is, "The unlawful killing of a human being, or a fetus, with malice aforethought." The penal code also states that this section should not apply if "the act was committed by a holder of a physician’s and surgeon’s certificate, as defined in the Business and Professions Code in a case where, to a medical certainty, the result of childbirth would be death of the mother of the fetus or where her death from childbirth, although not medically certain, would be substantially certain or more likely than not."

This basically grants a physician or surgeon to kill or "abort" a fetus only if he or she is certain that childbirth would cause death to the mother. So as far as California law goes, any other reason for an abortion is not legal, and is punishable by law under section 187 of the California penal code.


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