What Are Some Controversial Topics to Debate?


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Some controversial topics to debate include the acceptance of induced abortion and the use of the death penalty. Another controversial topic for debate is the use of military intervention of the United States in other countries.

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A discussion about induced abortion is controversial because it touches on peoples' ethical, moral and philosophical values. As of November 2015, abortion laws vary by state in the United States, with some requiring a waiting period and distribution of fetal developmental information, indicating a variance of beliefs surrounding the procedure. Debate also may include a discussion about the passing of laws that state a pregnant woman needs consent of others to get an abortion, particularly if the woman is a minor.

The use of the death penalty is controversial, with opponents stating that there are times when innocent people are executed, and supporters arguing that the death penalty offers retribution for victims of murder. Supporters also highlight that the cost of the death penalty is more efficient than a sentence of life in prison.

The United States uses military intervention, which is also a subject for debate, to control a perceived foreign conflict. Those who support it state that it has the potential to save thousands of lives and can force corrupt foreign governments to disband. Opponents highlight that the intervention is often extremely violent and should only be used if extremely necessary. Opponents believe that governments often fail to exercise peaceful solutions to conflict.

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