Anti-abortion movement

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A pro-life group protesting at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

The anti-abortion movement is support for the view that abortion is wrong. Another word for this movement is pro-life (meaning support for life). These people think that abortion is wrong and that the law should not allow it. On the other hand, people who think the law should let women decide whether to have abortions are called pro-choice.

People who are pro-life believe that all humans, including the unborn, have a right to life. For this reason, they believe abortion is wrong and that it is murder. Within the pro-life community, some believe that an unborn baby has life as soon as it has been conceived, others once a heartbeat has been detected, so they believe the law should make abortion a crime to protect innocent life while in the womb. Many pro-life people think women who are pregnant and do not want to raise a child should look for alternatives to abortion such as adoption.

There are many advocacy groups that want to help women considering abortion, and try to convince more people that abortion is wrong.

Being anti-abortion is most associated with conservative politics. In one poll in the United States, 66% of conservatives called themselves pro-life. It is also associated with the Catholic Church.[1] Pope Francis has said that "Every child that isn't born, but is unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of Jesus Christ, has the face of the Lord."[2]

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  1. Inc, Gallup. "Americans Misjudge U.S. Abortion Views".
  2. "A day after telling Catholics not to obsess with abortion, the Pope encourages doctors NOT to perform abortions". Mail Online. 20 September 2013.