After an extensive survey I distributed to over 100 respondents, I was able to find a general opinion of different populations on the subject of abortion, and also some misconceptions that many people have about
Annie, I liked that you picked such a controversial topic and used your findings to generate your opinion rather than to make one without thinking it through. I really enjoyed reading about not only your response to the topic but also the responses of many others. Your information was clear and concise and seeing those responses from 100 others all through the easily understandable graph was very helpful. You might be interested in the article https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/01/opinion/abortion-democrats-compromise.html that talked about how last month our senators voted down the republican bill banning abortions after 20 weeks, making this a very current and real issue. I look forward to hearing more.
Annie, I am so glad you picked this as your research topic as it’s incredibly important we talk about it. Many people are only able to see their side of this controversy and cannot fathom the opposing viewpoint. I myself am guilty of this. I am a firm believer in women’s reproductive rights and even the thought of not having the option of abortion open to all women makes me a little livid. I am so glad you were able to discuss the reasoning behind both sides without excessive bias and emotion because, from my own observation on this topic, if you get emotional and don’t take into much consideration the other viewpoint, things go south fast. Your reasoning is very solid and well stated and just overall pretty sound. I hope to see where you have gone with the rest of this research paper!
After an extensive survey taken by a wide demographic, I was able to find a general opinion of different populations on the subject of abortion, and also some misconceptions that many people have about the
Autumn, Your poem is beautiful. I enjoyed how you wrote about the many aspects that shaped you into the person you are, from playgrounds to 7-Up to achieving your dreams. Throughout life, one is influenced by so much, even the small things like macaroni and cheese, and I liked how you mentioned these as well. Everything, big and small, contributed…[Read more]
Parker, This is a very thought-provoking topic. I liked how you brought in different aspects of what could be contributing to the wildfires and showed how each of them are worsened by climate change, such as the beetles and California’s infamous drought. Also, like you mentioned, California has one of the highest state taxes, and lots of taxpayer…[Read more]
As discussed in my previous Youth Voices post, the most common arguments with regards to the subject of abortion almost always have to do with issues regarding personal beliefs, religion, birth control, sex
Very interesting topic, Annie. This is a very concerning issue in our society today. It is important to be open-minded and see the views of others as equal to our own in order to hold compassion for them as each person is entitled to their own beliefs. With that being said, I deeply believe each individual should have the choice to chose whether or not to have a child. It is important for a mother to be ready to birth a child and be able to support the individual financially as well as emotionally. I was amazed by the way Adams reacted to the Kennedy v. Louisiana Court Case. I thought it was disgusting for someone to argue that “even the product of rape is human, and that the termination of even this situational pregnancy would be murder.” If you would like to read more on this topic, I suggest you look at this article(https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/pro-life-pro-science/549308/) for more arguments in favor of pro-life as a counter-argument for your research essay. I look forward to reading more from you in the future.
Gerardo, This poem is so powerful, and your words have the power to influence and impact so many readers. Your strength and resilience is so evident in the language you use. The line “My stories make you say the opposite,” hold so much importance because everybody does have a story that you might not be able to see based on a first glance,…[Read more]
Guadalupe, This line, ” I’m grateful because thanks to my parents I am where
I am right now and what I’m doing is for them”
was indescribably powerful. This poem was shockingly beautiful and something that I, and most people with whom I’ve grown up, cannot relate to. Your story is one to be proud of, and one to always remember. I hope your fut…[Read more]
Pedro, These feelings are raw, and your poem reflects that your poem cuts deep. I think writing, at least for me, is a soothing outlet for feelings like this, and from what I can see, when you let it out, you let it out really well. This is beautiful and powerful and harsh. It can make the reader sweat and swear and that is the point of all…[Read more]
Maggie, I love this subject for your paper. I’m wondering if your focusing solely on the psychology of the issue? Sorry, I’ve only read one of your posts on the subject so I haven’t quite gotten the full gist. Have you looked at the different opinions about labeling a mass shooter “mentally ill” or not? Those are sometimes really interesting…[Read more]
Ceceli, I’m so happy you chose this topic, because it’s something that I think you feel very strongly about, and so do I and many other people. I’m also happy that you addressed the subject of private donations with regards to the funding of planned parenthood. It’s really hard to say whether these donations would be able to uphold such a large…[Read more]
Cheryl, This is a really interesting topic, and I’d never thought of diet with regards to the economy. How do you think this change would affect small farmers who rely on agriculture and farming of this sort for survival and income? Also, how would the government regulate the country’s diet? There is already a lot of heat going on throughout the…[Read more]
Today in politics, the most difficult compromises are decided over issues regarding the morality of different people, groups, and communities throughout the world. In the United States specifically, the subject of
Annie, I am also doing my research project about women’s reproductive rights but have taken on a wider lens. I am focusing my research on not just abortion but planned parenthood and all of the different services they provide. I like that you have the different arguments you are using clearly explained. Some of the numbers regarding the amount of children in the foster care system is really saddening, especially because it can take so long for them to even get adopted. I think you have used your sources extremely well and back up your claim with credible info. I cannot wait to read the finished piece and read more about your topic!
Mauro, How do you think this particular part of the novel relates to our lives and the societies present in the US today? Personally, I see a lot of similarities between our world and the world that Orwell “made up” in 1984. Lately there has been a lot of “fake news” floating around that is not backed up by no research, facts, or support by other…[Read more]
Luz, Do you think these realities of 1984 could potentially manifest in our lives today? Is there enough power in the government currently to manipulate the entire US population into submission below the power if the government? How do you think our society today compares to that of Orwell’s described in 1984? For example, today there are…[Read more]
Carelis, I absolutely agree with your stance on Planned Parenthood, and I’m so happy you addressed the other health concerns that the organization dealt with, not only for women, but also for families. I feel it necessary, however, to play devil’s advocate, seeing as that’s a very popular thing to do in the society we live in today. I Planned…[Read more]
Averi, This statement you made literally made a shiver run down my spine. “Since the 1960s America’s prison system has become a place of business.” That single sentence makes the validity of your post what seems to be a billion times stronger. I never would have made this comparison, nor have I ever heard anyone use this in speech. I think it t…[Read more]
Throughout the world, technology is growing exponentially in popularity and use in businesses, schools, and other organizations. A question that many people ask is whether or not these forms of technology are
Annie, I agree that technology use is exponentially growing and that it is becoming a big issue. The ever growing pollution problem is even more an issue. Are there cases of other places in the world that are trying to solve these problems like San Fransisco?
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