Abortion Ethical or Unethical
Barbara Barresi PHD, RN
The article that I read Battles over Abortion Flare in 2014. This article is about how the republicans are going to turn abortion into an animating issue for the Republican Party in 2014. (Wyler, 2014) According to research from the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health think tank, states have passed more than 200 restrictions on abortion since 2011, with 22 states enacting at least 70 new measures in 2013 alone. (Not all is progress for pro-lifers, who witnessed high-profile losses in Virginia and Albuquerque last year.) (Wyler, 2014) Pro-life activists are turning to campaigning against health insurance companies for paying for abortions including the Affordable Care Act implemented by our current president. According to a recent report from the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation, 34 states have already passed some type of restriction on insurance coverage for abortion. (Wyler, 2014)
Should abortion be outlawed or remain a legal choice available to all women? What is abortion? Should "partial birth" abortions ("intact dilation and extraction") be legal? Is the fetus a person with rights? Does the woman have an ethical obligation to the father?
Abortion refers to the voluntary termination of a pregnancy, resulting in the death of the fetus or embryo. (Gill) Abortions performed prior to the third trimester are legal in the United States, although the issue has polarized mainstream political parties. Almost all state Democratic Party platforms support abortion while almost all state Republican Party platforms oppose it. (Gill)
Pro-choice groups believe that all women should have access to whatever health they need and that they should have control over their own bodies. (Gill)Pro-Life groups believe that the embryo or fetus is a life and that abortion is akin to murder. (Gill)
History on abortion is that abortion has existed in...