Ethical Issues in Today's Society

Topics: Abortion, Roe v. Wade, Pregnancy Pages: 3 (1104 words) Published: June 12, 2011
Ethical Issues in Today’s Society
Judith Berryan

To agree or disagree with today’s ethical issues one must have morals, values and ethics of their own. For instance, abortion is a highly controversial topic. I for one do not believe in abortion, but can understand it in some circumstances. Abortion is defined as any expulsion of an embryo or fetus before it is sufficiently developed to survive. ( Although abortion can be tracked way back in time, this subject is highly controversial still today. Medical technology has made abortion as safe as having a tooth extracted. Abortion is legal in the United States at anytime throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy.

I feel in a case of rape, incest or a criminal act abortion should be an option for the woman. The woman has already gone through enough without the pain of having a child conceived out of a hateful act. In all other cases, my theory is if you think you are old enough to have sex you should be ready and willing to face your decision. I feel that abortion used as a method of birth control is wrong and should not be allowed. This brings up other ethical decisions such as sex education for teenagers and parents not being afraid to discuss sex openly with their children.

One of the more popular abortion cases was Roe vs. Wade on January 22, 1973. The aliases “Jane Roe” was used for Norma McCorvey, on whose behalf the suit was originally filed, alleging that the abortion law in Texas violated her constitutional rights and the rights of other women. (Women's Rights on Trial) One the same day another decision in the case of Doe vs. Bolton was read. These decisions have created many other ethical debates, such as when does life begin. The ruling gave women the right of choice.

In Washington State, where I reside, Initiative 120 was passed in November of 1991 stating that the state may not deny or interfere with a woman’s right to choose to...
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