Pre-debate vote: For- 8; Against- 14; Undecided- 6 (3 people abstained. Not cool, man! 😦 )
Post-debate vote: For- 4; Against- 24; Undecided- 3
The negative wording of the motion confused many in the audience, which may explain why 3 people just decided to keep mum till they had figured out, by the end of the debate, what was going on.
Proposition: comparison with the US- we think we are morally more sound than them, but actually our abortion rates are higher. Abortion being an option may promote unsafe sex, and even a foetus has a right to life. There are also medical implications for the mother, and when so many other viable alternatives exist, abortion is not necessary. Some women may even use it as an easy way out and not use other forms of protection- in fact teenagers may take sex too lightly if they know that they can have an abortion should anything go wrong.
Opposition: having the choice to abort the foetus is a human right for the woman- the unborn child is not a human being, and therefore does not have any rights. Human rights are based on the ability to make choices, and since the unborn cannot articulate any choice, it does not have the rights. Pregnancy and childbirth can be dangerous processes for women, who should therefore be able to exercise the option of not going through with it if they feel it might endanger them. Furthermore, especially in the case of rape, no woman should have to live with a constant reminder of her trauma. Unwanted children have very sad lives- it is more cruel to give birth to them and then discard them. They will develop very low self-esteem. Parents should have children they really want and can look after. Young people and rape victims may not be able to deal with the children. Ina way, legalizing abortion ensures the rights of the child- it has the right to be wanted and loved.
A real hot potato, this topic, and superbly argued! Now over to you…