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By Dorothy E. McBride

This paintings is a balanced presentation of the pro-life/pro-choice controversy, exhibiting all elements of the controversy and why it's so tough to resolve.

• fundamental assets comprise excerpts from significant best complaints, legislative debts and legislation glided by Congress, and old documents

• presents tables exhibiting states' legislation on abortion and public opinion on a number of facets of the abortion controversy

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They also saw the mobilization of many individuals and organizations throughout the country to overcome the sudden legalization of abortion nationwide. NARAL led the way; its first action was to change its name to reflect the new challenge. It became the National Abortion Rights Action League in 1973 pledging to “develop and sustain a constituency which effectively uses the political process at the state and national level to guarantee every woman in the United States the right to choose and obtain a legal abortion” (quoted in Wilder 1998, 79).

The baby plays, so to speak, on a trampoline! He bends his knees, pushes on the wall, soars up and falls down again. Because his body has the same buoyancy as the amniotic fluid, he does not feel gravity and performs his dance in a very slow, graceful, and elegant way, impossible in any other place on the Earth . . We now know what he feels, we have listened to what he hears, smelled what he tastes and we have really seen him dancing full of grace and youth. S. html). Thus, it is no longer a matter of opinion, or moral ambivalence—we know that actual human life begins at conception and the unborn baby is equal to all other human beings.

This is so because from the moment the sperm fertilizes the egg— conception—a human being exists, even though it is just one cell. We know that conception creates a human being in two ways. First, from the Bible we know God creates life by bringing the sperm and egg together. Everyone can see the law of God in nature’s law. God created everything to have a purpose. In his plan, men and women marry and have sexual relations. The purpose of those relations is to procreate—to create a new life that is a gift from God.

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