Exception to the Undefined Rule
Bioethics, as defined by Merriam-Webster’s medical dictionary, is, “the discipline dealing with the ethical implications of biological research and applications especially in medicine.” In short, it deals with subjects like abortion, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, in-vitro fertilization, stem-cell research, and even extends to more economical subjects like the prevalent health care debate we have before us today. In this class, we spent the majority of our time reading abortion articles from medical ethics journals and analyzing their arguments to be philosophically sound our unsound. It was in this time that I became so interested in not only understanding this incessant debate, but deciding which side I stood on.
Now, abortion is one of the most intense and widespread debate in America. Contrary to other common topics of debate, abortion is now a focal point in almost every realm of life, including: politics, medicine, the judicial system, psychology, reproductive technology, philosophy, and countless religions. I think the reason that we as a nation are so enthralled by this argument is because it deals with life or death of defenseless creatures (concepti/fetuses), which brings out a fiery moral dilemma for everyone. This is far more subject to opinion than say a small financial impact of republican or democrat taking office in your county.
Though the abortion debate is rightfully heated, there is a general misconception that it is focused simply on cases of unintentional conception by the ill-advised, non-contraceptive-using couples that consequently got pregnant and want to abort their zygote (conceptus) or fetus. The argument is much more complex than that. There is incessant debate on the moral permissibility of abortion for: couples who were actively using contraceptive methods, those who can’t afford to pay for