How To Write A Persuasive Essay About Abortion

How to Write a Neutral but Persuasive Essay on Abortion

Writing a neutral persuasive essay is challenging, and most academic writers fail to meet the standards required of a neutral persuasive essays. Persuasive writings holistically seek to convince the reader to agree with the writer’s opinion. For this reason, mastering literal structure of a persuasive essay is crucial.  Like any other persuasive essay, being able to convey personal opinions in a neutral way is important in a neutral persuasive essay. It is also helpful to find out the stand of the audience, as this will enable the writer to effectively elaborate all the controversial arguments without any contradictions. Intensive research is also necessary, to build a strong basis for a neutral argumentative essay. At this stage the writer should wisely make a decision, on which topical side to exhaustively discuss.

A persuasive essay on abortion is tricky and challenging

A case in point of an argumentative essay topic, is abortion. This topic is sensitive and has widely been discussed by several writers. Unfortunately, many of them have not managed to bring out well-structured arguments in their essays. Many of the writers on the topic, abortion do not get all the facts right while others are insensitive in their writing approach. To successfully write a neutral argumentative essay on abortion, the writer should begin by summarizing the importance of the topic, abortion. Further, summarize the argument opposing abortion. The writer should then end the introduction by a debatable thesis statement.

Your thesis statement introduces your argument

The aim of a thesis statement is to tell the readers of the particular topic covered in the essay. Moreover, it imposes topical limits that have manageable been covered within the essay. On the other hand, a thesis statement serves to suggest the organization adopted for the writer. In a nutshell, a properly constructed thesis statement should communicate to the reader, competence of the writer in the subject under discussion. A thesis statement therefore reassure the readers, that the writer has enough knowledge on the topic.

Be precise and straight to the point

The writer should discuss his arguments on abortion in the body with precision, enough to convince the readers. To effectively do this, state the opponent’s first argument on abortion then immediately counter it with your own. This direct countering should thereupon be followed with relevant and well researched examples. The support statements used should show reality and practicality. In essence, the argument should solidly be grounded to catch, attention of its readers.

A neutral argumentative essay on abortion requires that the writer be thoroughly informed on the topic. Reading and researching from legitimate sources about the topic is also important. To realize this, the writer ought to make sure that, the thesis statement has two sides before proceeding with the essay. Poor thesis statements will only result in strong stand arguments that will prove unpleasant to the readers. Understanding the viewpoint of the opposing phase is inevitable in the process. It also necessary to realize the shortcomings and inconsistencies in arguments on the opposing arguments.

For the neutral argument on abortion to succeed, the countering arguments provided in the body should appeal the reason. The writer should exhaust their ability in countering the opposition. Extra points should also be supplied in situations whereby, the argument has not been countered to the expectations. The writer should objectively focus on strengthening their points, to stand out in every argument raised.

For the writer to effectively counter the views of the opposition without bias, various approaches are desirable. Firstly, the writer should encourage the use of personal experiences and observations. The use of statistical findings can also come in handy for obvious reasons. The use of proven facts can equally take the argument deep into the attention of its readers. In addition, it is important to use both examples and popular quotes to substantiate the arguments effectively.

A good argumentative essay should end with rephrasing the key points. Summarizing all the main ideas will illustrate the stand of the writer. As much as the essay should take a clear stand, it should holistically give room for the reader to form their opinions. All arguments should carefully be rephrased precisely in the conclusion. Concession statements are equally important in building the argument to maturity, they should therefore be used effectively in the body.

Ask a question

If you are writing a persuasive essay (an argument) against abortion, your first task is to narrow the topic to fit the space you have available.  As a first step, I suggest you look at a website called Pro-Con.org (see link below), which sets out arguments for and against many current and controversial issues, including abortion.  Based on what you see there, and your own view on abortion, you can formulate a thesis.  In your case, because you are writing against abortion, you will focus on those arguments against abortion.  The thesis statement, which will guide your essay, must be a declarative statement--that is, it must state your position directly and forcefully, not in the form of a question.  The best thesis statements incorporate a general opposition argument, like this: "Although many people argue that free access to abortion services helps to keep unwanted births at a minimum, abortions have a much greater negative effect on society because [and here you state the reasons you will argue against abortion]." 

Many teachers ask you to put the thesis statement as the first sentence of the first paragraph.  I suggest. however,  that you place it at the end of the first paragraph, a technique that allows you to hook your reader's interest by using facts and statistics that support your overall argument.  Open the first paragraph with a list of statistics that overwhelms the reader: for example, statistics related to the number of unwanted births; the cost to society of raising an unwanted child; the financial and psychological cost to the birth parents, especially if they are below the age of 21.  Using statistics at the beginning is effective because statistics, if they are properly derived, cannot be argued with.  Someone who opposes you view has to argue other reasons for supporting abortions.

During your research, you will have identified a number of strong arguments against abortion.  Keeping in mind that abortion is a very broad topic, narrow your focus so that you can argue a few topics thoroughly rather than many topics shallowly.  Depending upon the assignment, you may have room to discuss only three or four arguments against abortion and, as you will see from looking at a site like Pro-Con.org, there are too many to handle in that space.  Your essay's body paragraphs will each focus one specific argument, and you will have as many paragraphs as you have arguments.

As an argument strategy, in addition to laying out your own arguments against abortion, you must acknowledge that two or three strong arguments against your point of view exist.  That can be handled in an early paragraph and will convince your readers that you understand the complexity of the topic and, more important, that you recognize that reasonable people can have radically different views on the same topic, especially one like abortion that appeals to emotions, religious beliefs, and to belief systems that are not religion-based.

When you write a good essay, you will often discover that, as you write, you may actually change your view of the topic slightly--this happens all the time to experienced writers and is a natural process.  In that case, you may actually modify your thesis to accommodate those changes in your view, so think of the thesis statement as a work-in-progress, not set in stone.

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