Ethics of Abortion

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Ethics of Abortion: Is it Moral or Immoral?

From the day you are born, learning and education are the most important skills for survival in today's society. The most valuable thing learned on your journey of life is the ability to distinguish "Right from Wrong", both technically and morally. Though easy at first with the minor day to day issues we deal with, it can become quite difficult when more pressing issues are placed in front of you. Many things influence a person's judgment. While one person believes that their view is the absolute truth, another sees that person as idiotic and uneducated. The important thing to remember when making a decision is to be open-minded, and push the outside influences away so that you can see both sides of the issue and make a decision for yourself. Is there really a moral right or wrong, or is it just a view point? One of the most controversial subjects today is abortions; are abortions moral or immoral? I personally believe that they are immoral. The definition of an abortion is the removal of an embryo or fetus from the uterus in order to terminate a pregnancy esp. during the first six months. There are two sides to this abortion topic the pro-choice, those in favor of abortions and believe it is the woman’s right to choose if she wants to have an abortion and pro-life, those opposed to the legality of abortion. Both sides are passionate about what they believe in, and each side feels they are doing what is in the best interests of the mother, the potential child, and our society. The abortion issue is a reflection of our society as a whole, which is why so many people insist on taking a position about it. Many of these people believes abortion is akin to murder as it is the act of taking a human being’s life and that it should not be used as another form of contraception. I am one of many who agree with this statement and believe that abortions are unethical and immoral. There is a controversy within this issue of abortion which is whether or not life begins at conception. There are Conservatives who typically refer to a fetus or even an embryo as the "unborn child," suggesting that the fetus or embryo is equivalent to a baby or child and is distinguished solely by the happenstance of its physical or temporal location (Borgmann, 2009). There are Liberals who do not in fact believe that the law should recognize the embryo or fetus as a person. Instead, they assume that society, or the Supreme Court, can determine that women's liberty demands the right to choose abortion, while leaving the moral question of abortion and personhood unanswered and thus open for each individual to decide. Fetuses have been made crime victims in their own right under laws punishing fetal homicide. There are some state statutes and proposed state constitutional amendments would define legal personhood as beginning upon conception (Borgmann, 2009). I side with the conservatives and believe that life begins at conception. Since life begins at conception, abortion is akin to murder as it is the act of taking human life and that it should not be used as another form of contraception. Many people question, “What about the rape victims who were impregnated by the rapist”. I believe that abortion punishes the unborn child who committed no crime; instead, it is the perpetrator who should be punished. I know that this is a situation that must be approached with great compassion. The woman has been subjected to an ugly trauma, and she needs love, support and help. But she has been the victim of one violent act. Should we now ask her to be a party to a second violent act of abortion? Unquestionably, many would return the violence of killing an innocent baby for the violence of rape. But, before making this decision, remember that most of the trauma has already occurred. She has been raped. That trauma will live with her all her life. But will abortion now be best for her, or will it bring her more harm yet? What...
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