The act of terminating human life, in its early developmental stage. Proponents of all abortions including non life threatening, non rape, and non incest related situations often believe that life that is yet to be born is worth less than life that has been born. This however is a logical fallacy. The logic goes something like this. Well its just a bunch of cells. It cannot think, it cannot feel, it cannot breathe, it cannot eat, its just a bunch of stuff till it comes out of the womb. However a careful examination of the scientific facts lead to a very different conclusion. From the point of conception, the union of the two haploid cells to form a diploid organism (haploid sperm and eggs are not organisms just means transferring heritable material (DNA) during sexual reproduction) complex cellular events begin that lead to the development of a human being.

This development is continuous and does not end simply when a baby is born, which conflicts with the notion that when a baby is born development is complete. There is no magical reason why a baby cannot be born fully capable of walking. However there are physiological reasons why this would not be a good thing. One, the over development of limbs within the womb would be so great that getting through the birth canal would be impossible and the human species would not be viable. In nature , other organisms are capable of locomotion within hours after birth (horses). Again, different physioligical requirements hence different developmental tasks during gestation within the womb.
To the second point that human life within the womb is incapable of utilization of sensory organs. This is true for the early points of development, however completely false for later portions of development within the womb. Well into the late first and through the rest of pregnancy a fragile human heart has begun to beat literally, and nerve cells have begun to send and receive signals from one another in response to their environment. Moreover many psychology studies have shown that babies within the womb are capable of recognizing the voice of their mothers before and after birth. This is hardly the sign of an organism that is incapable of the use of its sensory organs, in this case the sense of hearing.
I could go on and on. My major point is this. The 5-4 decision of Roe V. Wade was made during at least 40 years ago. In the realm of scientific knowledge, especially knowledge about human development and cellular biology the 1960s and seventies were the dark ages. We simply know so much more, and are only beginning to understand the full capability of early human life which many derisively call a "fetus" in order to con notate it's subhuman status. This is only the beginning of our understanding. The more we know about human life throughout its developmental stages, the more thought we will have to put into terminating it without just cause. Think about it. Pick up a biology book, a Development of the Nervous system book and enlighten yourself. You will find that what is happening in the womb is less like baking cookies in an oven, and more like building an international space station with the building blocks of life, Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen, and Hydrogen, and coordinating all the cells and tissues to work together as one seamless entity. Its complicated, and it should be respected. Thank you.
Katie wanted to fit into her wedding dress so she had an abortion.
by jackson5 November 09, 2007
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The act of ending an unwanted pregnancy.
If abortion is killing a human being, then male masturbation is a genocide, isn't it?
by Debaser November 04, 2004
to kill a child before it becomes an inconvience.
It is a poverty that a child must die so that you may live as you wish" - Mother Theresa

jane got pregnant, but she's having an abortion sunday.
by BETTY CROCKER June 24, 2006
The act of terminating a life before he or she has had a chance for natural survival. Also a symptom of a society that has failed women. The rate of abortions in the United States could be reduced with logical prevention measures such as single parent housing at universities, more sex education in schools, better state adoption laws and awareness, and better general social support for single parents.
She'd heard that giving up her kid would be too hard, so Jenna decided to have an abortion.
by shouldbewritingapaper May 08, 2007
murder for profit
The doctor liked his position of performing abortions, because there were so many people wanting them, it made him rich.
by stop abortions May 31, 2009
The mass murder of many unborn babies.
I was too cheap to spend 50 cents on a condom, and as a result I have decided to kill my child through an abortion.
by wannnacruise February 21, 2010
The act of terminating a task or objective before it is completed.

The act of terminating the life of an offspring before it is developed enough to leave the womb. Wouldn't be such a big issue if the vast majority of people who undergo it didn't make the stupid decision of fucking without thinking ahead about the consequences, such as getting pregnant as a result.
That woman already had eight abortions, and she is STILL having recreational sex without use of contraceptives. What a whore!
by AYB June 27, 2003
The killing of a FETUS, not a "cluster of cells" not one cell, a FETUS, the doctor uses scalpels to scrape the fetus out and crushes the skull of the infant. Dead before born. Why isn't Masturbation considered Genocide? There is no conception, sperm cells die daily and are renewed. Women have a choice though? Actual percentage of U.S. abortions in "hard cases" are estimated as follows: in cases of rape or incest, 0.3%; in cases of risk to maternal health or life, 1%; and in cases of fetal abnormality, 0.5%. About 98% of abortions in the United States are elective, including socio-economic reasons or for birth control. This includes about 25% for primarily economic reasons. Meaning that Abortion is a way out for people not willing to live up to their mistakes, and would rather have cold metal pressed to the skulls of their child. Honestly i don't see why people support this, it IS murder, maybe the kid will be a killer maybe they will blow the world up, but remember you wouldn't even be reading this if you were aborted.
All of our sons and our daughters are dead and the birth that we stole, our abortion.
by AsCitiesBurn37 September 10, 2009

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