The issue of abortion is an ongoing debate in the U.S, that involves a variety of moral, social, and legal issues. The ethics surrounding the procedure are frequently disputed and people often question whether abortion should remain a legal option for terminating pregnancies. Proponents of abortion, favor unrestricted access and contend that it’s a woman’s right to choose what she does with her body. On the other hand, opponents seek to ban the practice and argue that deliberately ending an unborn child’s life is morally wrong. While abortion provides essential medical and social benefits to women, it also deprives an innocent child of the right to life.
By examining the views on abortion of Marry Anne Warren, this paper will argue that abortion is morally permissible on the grounds that early fetuses, though they are genetically human, are not persons (members of the moral community). In this paper I will introduce Warren’s argument on why abortion is morally permissible followed by a counter argument by Don Marquis. Furthermore, this paper will analyze why Warren’s argument is more persuasive than the counter argument offered by Marquis followed by criticisms of the analysis. Lastly, I will discuss why the objections to the analysis are unconvincing. Warren beings her argument by acknowledging that abortion “…usually entails the death of a fetus.
Argument Against Abortion The word abortion by definition means the induced expulsion of a fetus from the womb before it is able to survive independently. Abortion is an extremely controversial issue because while some people are completely against it, others believe that a woman should have the right to choose. I believe that abortion is morally and ethically wrong. In my opinion, when a woman chooses to have sex, she is taking a chance. She does this of her own free will, and is in control over what she is doing.
Sex Selection Abortion Should be Illegal According to Merriam Webster dictionary, the definition of abortion is the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus. In other words, if you do not want any children, then you can just simply “terminate” that from happening. However, are there truly any reasons why you should physically kill a “human being?” Within the United States, abortion is legal and is considered an “option” to future parents who choose not to keep the baby. According to the medical dictionary.com, the definition of sex selection abortion, which is also known as selective reduction, refers to choosing to abort a fetus for reasons such as the woman is carrying a fetus which likely will be born with some birth defect or impairment, or because the sex of the fetus is not preferred by the individual. Within the United States, terminating a fetus because it is a boy, a girl, or has some sort of impairment is also legal and considered an “option” to future parents who choose to not keep the baby.
The term abortion most commonly refers to the induced abortion of a human rather than non-human pregnancy. Abortions are (most safely) done in the first trimester (before the 12th week of pregnancy). The type of abortion performed depends on how far the pregnancy has progressed. Voluntary abortions should only be done in the first trimester, in that time frame chemicals are used not dangerous surgeries. We all want to reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies, but there is no reason to single out abortion among all a woman’s reproductive choices as the one choice which is somehow less valid or acceptable than childbirth, adoption, or other reproductive choices.
The 1967 abortion act and the human fertilization and embryologic act of 1990 The Act made abortion legal in the UK up to 28 weeks gestation. In 1990, the law was amended by the Human Fertilization and Embryology Act so that abortion was no longer legal after 24 weeks except in cases where it was necessary to save the life of the woman, there was evidence of extreme fetal abnormality, or there was a grave risk of physical or mental injury to the woman. In May 2008, there was a parliamentary debate over whether the limit should be reduced from 24 to either 22 or 20 weeks but no changes were made. The Act does not extend to Northern Ireland, where abortion is illegal unless the doctor acts "only to save the life of the mother" or if continuing the pregnancy would result in the pregnant woman becoming a "physical or mental wreck." The situation is the same as it was in England before the introduction of the Abortion Act 1967.
Abortion is a form of murder and demeans the value of human life. When a pregnant woman feels a kick in her belly, she doesn't say "Oh, the fetus kicked" or "Oh, the mass of cells that hasn't become a person kicked", she says "The baby kicked." Yes, after conception you have a real human being waiting to enter the world. Why should taking someone's life when they're in the womb be any different than taking their life when they're a baby in the crib? Pro-choice advocates claim this isn't a real baby only to
Kimberly Wrzesinski Pros and Cons of Abortion Abortion is a very serious issue in today’s world. Around twenty five percent of every woman in the world gets an abortion. Abortion is defined as a miscarriage by choice. This shows it is dealing with lives and it should be given more thought before we let people just freely do it. I believe they should only be used in certain situations and should not be used all the time.
Menikoff, Jerry argues that a pregnancy can be intentionally aborted in many ways and that the manner selected depends chiefly upon the gestational age of the embryo or fetus, which increases in size as the pregnancy progresses. 2 However an abortion is referred to as elective when it is performed at the request of the woman "for reasons other than maternal health or fetal disease. 3 The second type of abortion to be considered in this paper is the Spontaneous abortion also known as miscarriage which is the expulsion of an embryo or fetus due to accidental trauma or natural causes before approximately the 22nd week of gestation; the definition by gestational age varies by country.4 Most miscarriages are due to incorrect replication of chromosomes; they can also be caused by environmental factors. ARGUMENTS AGAINST ABORTION 1. Since life begins at conception, abortion is akin to murder as it is the act of taking human life.