Phil 315, Social Ethics
March 31th, 2011
Morality vs Immorality of Abortion
Abortion is a frequently debated topic in our society today. Many argue the morality of abortion and consider whether or not a mother has the right to end the life of her unborn child. Those who believe the mother has a choice of how to act present such claims as “a woman has the right to make choices in regards to her body” or “a fetus is not a person, therefore abortion is morally permissible.” Those who believe every baby has a right to live refute with such arguments as “a fetus is a person from the moment of conception” and “every person has a right to life.” This topic creates a division within the citizens of America and all around the world where on one hand the ability to choose is valued, while on the other the right to live is valued. According to the documentary The Last Abortion Clinic, pro-lifers currently seem to have the upper hand.
In The Last Abortion Clinic, Patricia White, the nurse-midwife working in Clarksdale, Mississippi, comments that “[the pregnant women who visit the clinic] do not really have a choice. We are making decisions for them…Having the ability to make a choice, to say whether or not this is something she wants to continue with, will make all the difference in the outcome of a pregnancy.” Even though our constitution allows women the right to have an abortion, this documentary shows many women who can’t even consider the possibility of killing their own unborn child. In Mississippi, there is an evident lack of access to abortion providers in the state. Only one health clinic that provides the abortion service remains in Mississippi, the Jackson Women’s Health clinic. The Last Abortion Clinic reported that as a result of the lack of abortion opportunities, over half of women seeking abortions cross the Mississippi border in order to seek out an abortion. The documentary identified one clinic located outside the borders of Mississippi whose...
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