A paper I wrote for my Advanced Composition class in 1995. I am happy to say that I got an A+ on it! ! ! ! The paper contains no religious reasons that abortion is wrong, though I believe with all my heart that God is saddened everyday by the millions of His children that are killed. I used just medical and scientific fact to prove my point. Enjoy! Approximately 1.

6 million murders are committed legally each year. With the exception of laws in few states, the mutilated bodies of the victims are thrown into dumpsters like pieces of rotten meat. While these victims lay waiting in the infested dumpsters to be hauled off to a landfill, the murderers are in their offices waiting for their next patient -- the accomplice to the murder. This is the murder of an innocent child by a procedure known as abortion. Abortion stops the beating of an innocent child's heart.

People must no longer ignore the scientific evidence that life begins at the moment of conception. People can no longer ignore the medical and emotional problems an abortion causes women. People must stop denying the facts about the procedure, and start hearing the silent screams of unborn children. The argument by the pro-abortion side is that the unborn child is not truly a child.

Many people who are pro-abortion justify their beliefs through the concept that a fetus is only a blob of tissue until it is born, or the statement: life begins at birth. Abortion is not as simple as removing a 'blob of tissue' (as the pro-abortion activists put it) from a woman's body. Abortion is the destruction, dismembering and killing of a human life -- an unborn baby. 'But it is scientific and medical fact based on experimental evidence, that a fetus is a living, growing, thriving human being, directing his or her own development' (Fetal Development). A fetus is not just a blob of tissue, rather a fetus is Latin for 'offspring or young one.' Human life begins at fertilization, therefore it is wrong to murder the innocent child in the womb. At a US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee meeting, most scientists said that life begins at conception or implantation of the embryo.

No scientist at the meeting claimed that life begins at birth (Factbot). Professor Homie Gordon of the Mayo clinic stated ''... by all criteria of modern biology, life is present from the moment of conception'' (Fetal Development). In a 1963 Planned Parenthood pamphlet entitled 'Plan Your Children' it states 'an abortion kills the life of a baby after it has begun. It is dangerous to your life and health' (Factbot). Even though abortion is dangerous to a woman's life, and it kills her baby, Planned Parenthood still offers it as a safe solution.

This statement contradicts what most abortion clinics say. It is not possible for abortion to be offered to women as a safe solution, when it not only puts her life in danger, but it also kills her child. Not only has science proven that a fetus is truly a human, the simple facts also confer abortion kills the life of a human being. Life begins at conception because of the fact that life in the womb does not change at birth. There are no special procedures or changes that occur during birth to magically change the fetus to a baby. It is already a baby -- a human life.

''If a fertilized egg is not by itself a full human being it could not become one, because nothing is added to it,' 's aid Dr. Jerome Lejeune (Factbot). Most of all the development also takes place before one is born. Of the 45 generations of cell divisions before adulthood, 41 have taken place before a person is born (Factbot).

Fertilization is just the beginning of a long process of growing and maturing. 'Life in a continuum. From the moment the egg is fertilized a new life has begun. All of the genetic information is present to construct a unique individual. Gender, physical features, eye color have already been determined. The baby's heart begins beating regularly at 24 days.

Babies in the womb hiccup, cry, play, and learn' (Factbot). Life continues from the day of fertilization until death. Nothing is added to a person during a lifetime. ''Conception confers life and makes that life one of a kind,' 's aid Dr Landrum Settles father of in vitro fertilization (Factbot). Abortion is wrong because it ends the life of a human being. The day of conception marks the beginning of a new human life.

''The zygote is the first cell of a new human being,' 's aid Keith L. Moore. There is no way that the fetus is just a 'blob of (Factbot) tissue.' Scientific and medical facts prove that the fetus is living. They prove that the fetus is a person, a human, and functions separate from the mother. According to our law murder is wrong, therefore it is unlawful to kill an unborn child.

The child in the womb deserves the right to life. The fetus is a real human being and deserves all the rights and freedom given to people under the Constitution. This right is evident in the Fourteenth Amendment that states, 'The State shall not deprive any person of life, liberty, property, without due process of the law; nor deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the law' (Factbot). Abortion denies babies equal protection under the law, and is depriving a person of life.

Thomas Jefferson stated human rights best when he wrote, 'We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness' (Factbot). All unborn babies have the right to life guaranteed to humans under the constitution. No other person has the right to take away the unborn child's life, no matter what the situation is. One must not sacrifice a life to make one's own life better.

Many argue that most of the babies that are aborted are unwanted babies. They believe that they would be abused and neglected. This is why abortion is okay to them. They believe abortion is saving the child from abuse. Abortion, however, is the most severe case of child abuse.

The procedures are painful to the child and intentionally end in death (except in cases where the procedure results in a living child. 'About once a day, somewhere in the US, something goes wrong and an abortion results in a live baby' (Factbot) ). The fetus is alive and has the capacity to feel the painful abortion procedure. The US Department of Health and Human Services reported that after nine weeks unborn babies can feel pain, yet 48 per cent of all abortions are done after this point (Fetal Development).

The baby can feel all the pain put on it by the painful procedures. The ultra sound shows the baby struggling to survive. Abortionist doctors such as Joseph Randall admit that seeing the abortion '... of the baby on the ultra sound bothered me more than anything else. The staff couldn't take it. Women were never allowed to see the ultra sound' (Factbot).

Women should be allowed to see this. They should see the struggling of the life they are killing. An early abortion takes about five minutes and is performed six to fourteen weeks after a woman's last period. The procedure is called a suction aspiration. It is like a vacuum cleaner. ''A hollow plastic tube with a sharp edge is placed into the uterus.

The suction tears the baby apart, and the sharp edge is used to scrape the placenta from the wall of the uterus. Everything is sucked out into a bottle'' (Whitney 94). The other common method is dilation and curettage. ''A curette, which is a loop-shaped steel knife, is inserted into the uterus, and the baby and the placenta are cut into pieces and scraped out. Both procedures are usually done under general anesthesia, so they " re not painful for.