Abortion Essay Argumentative
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Section 1

The introduction to your argumentative research paper should include a thesis in which you take a stance on a controversial issue. Your thesis is the main argument you will be supporting with further claims and evidence. 

Introduction

Starting Sentence Option 1:

 

Abortion is a [controversial/polarizing/persistent] issue that many people have o-strong=" opinions about. Abortion [is/is not] [moral/ethical] because [provide your main claim for why abortion is or is not moral or ethical.]

 

Starting Sentence Option 2:

 

There is o-strong=" debate in our society about the legality of abortion. Abortion [should/should not] be legal because [provide your main claim for why abortion should or should not be legal.]

 

Example References:

 

http://www.prb.org/pdf11/abortion-facts-and-figures-2011.pdf

 

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/abortion/article_em.htm

 

http://www.justfacts.com/abortion.asp

 


 

Section 2

In this paragraph, you introduce a first claim to support your thesis. Provide evidence for your claim by referencing a piece of research, a fact or a statistic. Remember that the purpose of your argumentative research paper is to persuade your reader that your thesis is viable. 

First Claim Paragraph

Starting Sentence Option 1:

 

Abortion [should/shouldn't] be legal because it is [provide your first claim to support your thesis. Common claims are listed below.]


 

Starting Sentence Option 2:

 

Abortion [is/is not] [a moral/an ethical] procedure because [provide your first claim to support your thesis. Common claims are listed below.]

 


Example claims in favor of abortion:

 

  • Abortion is a fundamental right guaranteed by the constitution (Roe vs. Wade)
  • Abortion is a women's right to make decisions about her own body
  • Abortion is not painful to the fetus
  • Abortion, when legal, is safer
  • Abortion can be a good financial decision

 

Example claims against abortion:

 

  • Abortion is wrong because it is equivalent to the murder of a human being
  • Life begins at conception, so fetuses have human rights
  • Abortion is painful to the fetus
  • Abortions can cause psychological trauma
  • Abortion can cause major medical problems for the mother

 

 

Example References:

 

http://www.prb.org/pdf11/abortion-facts-and-figures-2011.pdf

 

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/abortion/article_em.htm

 

http://www.justfacts.com/abortion.asp

 


Section 3

In this paragraph, you introduce a second claim to support your thesis. Provide evidence for your claim by referencing a piece of research, a fact or a statistic. Aim to use a variety of reliable references to strengthen your argument. 

Second Claim Paragraph

Starting Sentence Option 1:

 

Another reason abortion [should/should not] be legal is [that/the fact that] [provide your second claim for or against the legality of abortion.]

 

Starting Sentence Option 2:

 

Another reason abortion [is/is not] [moral/ethical] is [that/the fact that] [provide your second claim about the moral or ethical status of abortion.]

 

 

Example claims for abortion:

 

  • Abortion is a fundamental right guaranteed by the constitution (Roe vs. Wade)
  • Abortion is a women's right to make decisions about her own body
  • Abortion is not painful to the fetus
  • Abortion, when legal, is safer
  • Abortion can be a good financial decision

 

Example claims against abortion:

 

  • Abortion is wrong because it is equivalent to the murder of a human being
  • Life begins at conception, so fetuses have human rights
  • Abortion is painful to the fetus
  • Abortions can cause psychological trauma
  • Abortion can cause major medical problems for the mother

 

General References:

 

http://www.prb.org/pdf11/abortion-facts-and-figures-2011.pdf

 

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/abortion/article_em.htm

 

http://www.justfacts.com/abortion.asp

 


Section 4

In this paragraph, you introduce a third claim to support your thesis. Provide evidence for your claim by referencing a piece of research, a fact or a statistic. Consider strengthening your argument by including a direct quote from an expert on your topic whose positon is similar to yours. 

Third Claim Paragaph

Starting Sentence Option 1:

 

One [medical/religious/academic/scientific] [researcher/expert] on the issue of abortion found that [insert direct quote from a researcher or expert on abortion to support your thesis.]

 

Starting Sentence Option 2:

 

An expert in the field of [medicine/law/religion/science/politics] has concluded that abortion [is/is not] [moral/ethical] because it [insert direct quote from a researcher or expert on abortion to support your thesis.]

 

 

Example Expert Opinion Sources:

 

  • Experts with a variety of perspectives on abortion can be found in the following arenas:
  1. Medical perspectives from doctors
  2. Legal perspectives from politicians
  3. Religious perspectives from religious authorities
  4. Moral and ethical perspectives from academics and philosophers
  5. Personal testimony from women who have experienced abortion

 

Example References:

 

http://www.prb.org/pdf11/abortion-facts-and-figures-2011.pdf

 

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/abortion/article_em.htm

 

http://www.justfacts.com/abortion.asp

 


Section 5

In this paragraph, you introduce a fourth claim to support your thesis. Provide evidence for your claim by referencing a piece of research, a fact or a statistic. Consider including a reference to a top researcher on your topic whose perspective would strengthen your argument. 

Fourth Claim Paragraph

Starting Sentence Option 1:

 

Another [medical/religious/academic/scientific] [researcher/expert] on the issue of abortion found that [insert direct quote from a researcher or expert on abortion to support your thesis.]

 

Starting Sentence Option 2:

 

Another expert in the field of [medicine/law/religion/science/politics] has concluded that abortion [is/is not] [moral/ethical] because it [insert direct quote from a researcher or expert on abortion to support your thesis.]

 

 

Example Expert Opinion Sources:

 

  • Experts with a variety of perspectives on abortion can be found in the following arenas:
  1. Medical perspectives from doctors
  2. Legal perspectives from politicians
  3. Religious perspectives from religious authorities
  4. Moral and ethical perspectives from academics and philosophers
  5. Personal testimony from women who have experienced abortion

 

 

Example References:

 

http://www.prb.org/pdf11/abortion-facts-and-figures-2011.pdf

 

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/abortion/article_em.htm

 

http://www.justfacts.com/abortion.asp

 


Section 6

The closing statement should summarize your main argument and provide any final evidence to wrap up loose ends. The conclusion should give your reader a sense of why the issue is relevant or important. In an argumentative research paper, you may choose to include a "call to action" in which you describe something that others can do if they agree with your argument. 

Closing Statement

Starting Sentence Option 1:

 

With so much evidence in support of [summarize your thesis], it is unrealistic to believe otherwise. 

 

Starting Sentence Option 2: 

 

The evidence overwhelmingly supports the fact that [summarize your thesis.]

 

Example References:

 

http://www.prb.org/pdf11/abortion-facts-and-figures-2011.pdf

 

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/abortion/article_em.htm

 

http://www.justfacts.com/abortion.asp

 


Section 7

It is important to document exactly where you found the information you used in your paper. Your references will often come from published sources including books, articles, other research papers and electronic sources such as web sites, e-books and audio or video media. 

General Information about Creating a References Page:

 

http://nob.cs.ucdavis.edu/classes/ecs015-2007-02/paper/citations.html

 

References/Works Cited

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