Ethical Issues with Abortion

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ETHICAL ISSUES WITH ABORTION

Abortion is defined as the termination of a pregnancy and the expulsion of an embryo or of a fetus that is incapable of survival [4]. This definition seems to be blunt and to the point, yet the subject of abortion is quite the complex one. There are many people who feel strongly about it and fall on either side of the issue. The problem is it is not as simple as right or wrong, black and white, good and bad. There is a massive gray area when you talk about life and death, and much open to interpretation. Those who denounce abortion claim it is murder of a life, which has not yet had the chance to live. Those who do not disagree with abortion maintain that a woman has the right to choose because in the end it is her body. So where do we draw the line between murder and a medical necessity, humane and inhumane? Should every situation be treated under a blanket statement, or are there some exceptions, even in the eyes of those “pro-lifers”? Does the government have the right to get involved, or should this be a matter left to religion? Incest, rape, and medical necessity seem to be special exceptions to the rule, but who is to say? For these reasons, one can see why emotions are stirred, and people have lost their lives fighting for what they believe is right when it comes to abortion.

“Pro-life” advocates are those people who are opposed to abortion and advocate making it illegal[1]. Well known groups such as The Christian Coalition and Human Life International are examples of organizations who let their opinions be known, and can be seen picketing outside abortion clinics and at the offices of doctors who perform abortions[2]. These people advocate the life of the baby, not taking in to account the woman’s right to choose. One of the main arguments brought up by pro-lifers is that having an abortion is essentially murder, and that we do not have the right to play god. The thought is that if a higher power felt a...
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