Infanticide is defined as “the killing of an infant.” Proponents of this resolution argue that abortion is synonymous with infanticide, as a young, underdeveloped life is being killed. They further postulate that providing a legal definition of life limited to only after the start of the third trimester of pregnancy harms the sanctity of human life; they believe considering an embryo to be less human than a fetus is patently immoral. Opponents point out that the embryo is not technically an infant, and that labeling abortions as infanticides exacerbates the negative bias against abortion. Furthermore, they claim the argument against abortion is largely derived from religious opinion, which should not affect laws regarding women’s freedom of choice. Abortion may prevent harm to a mother’s life or be the only option for a victim of sexual assault. Is abortion a “necessary evil” or simply evil?
Last edited by KS on FEB 2011