Bioethics: Abortion

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Jake Hyland April 21, 2012 Prof Beaupre Bioethics: Abortion

Advancements in the fields of biology and medicine can be the catalyst for widespread controversy in regards to the morale and ethical dilemmas they can create. The sky is the limit for what is medically and biologically possible in today's world, but just because something is possible, does that mean we should do it? Like there are two sides to a coin, there will always be two sides to these ethical questions. Abortion is in no way a new ethical issue, as it has been argued over for years. Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy before the fetus has developed enough to survive outside of the uterus. In layman's terms this means that as a result of the procedure the fetus dies. The biggest issues with this is whether or not abortion is killing. When does a human inherit the rights to life? Should people who do not wish to have a child be able to decide for themselves, and is restricting abortion also taking a woman's right to her own body away?

There are many reasons for division on the issue of abortion. The issue has generally divided people into two groups; Pro-Life & Pro-Choice. The “Pro life movements support the life of the child in the womb, with the understanding that life begins the moment the child is conceived. In the eyes of the pro life movement, each child that is aborted has been murdered, which is a child in the eyes of the law as well as in the eyes of many religions.”(What Pro Life Really Means) Fueled largely by religious views, Pro-lifers see abortion in any sense as wrong. In their eyes there are alternatives, including adoption and support programs. These people are often viewed as radical because of the lengths they go to protest the right to abort. At the other end of the spectrum there are people who consider...
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