Essay in Progress: Visual Text

Controversy: the debate over the legality of abortion

Thesis: Participants in this debate ought to reach their conclusions on the issue by considering Constitutional criteria rather than citing personal issues.

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This relatively simple cartoon illustrates several different views on the issue, the variety of which views it emphasizes by employing exaggerated caricatures. In so doing, the author clearly illustrates a difficulty in the abortion debate: people disagree. While disagreement is a healthy component of any serious debate, the correct conclusion thereof can only be determined by the application of an objective standard. When a debate concerns the legalization of something, as the present debate does, this standard by which to judge the issue must be the law of the land. Since, in the U.S., the law of the land is the Constitution, this document alone can properly fill this role.


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