Should Abortion Be Legal Cristina Gonzalez PHI 103 Informal Logic Anthony Biduck June 27, 2011 Should Abortion Be Legal?2
Abortion is a tough decision, especially if you are a teenager or younger. There have been a lot of rapes where women or even children (girls) get pregnant. But also, there are a lot of teenagers or young ladies who wants to have fun and are not being responsible when they are having sex and because of this the consequences is getting pregnant. So in these cases, should abortion be legal? Abortion is a big issue. For many people abortion is wrong without any questions and its consequences. Women have been raped or have been irresponsible for their actions. But either way, the situation is the same; women will just say “it is my body I can do anything I want with it.” It is the same reaction because I do not think the lady who has been raped, would like to have a baby of someone she does not even know. With her anger, she will not care if she is killing a child or not. A woman, who has not been responsible for her own actions, will not care having an abortion either. These ladies sometimes do not care and are more likely to say “it’s my body and I will do whatever I want with it.” It is sad, however, a woman has a right to her own body. All people have a right to do to their own bodies what they want. “The argument in favor of abortion on demand, or abortion for convenience sake, that a woman has a right to do as she wishes to her own body, is not applicable to the question of abortion, since the mother’s body’s different from that of her baby, or fetus,” (Pauline Rocco and Bob Johnson). Many people think is okay to have an abortion, although, “he fetus is just part of the pregnant woman’s body, like her tonsils or appendix. You can’t seriously believe a frozen embryo is an actual person,” (Randy Alcorn). Randy Alcorn also claims if a child may die, a mother live or the mother may die and the child live, this proves that a child and the mother are two separate individuals. They also think the unborn child takes and active role in his developing. But the truth is who is feeding the unborn child? Should Abortion Be Legal?3
Abortion keeps being a bigger issue for medical reasons. For example, when a mother’s life is in jeopardy, who or what should decide? Should this be left to the discretion of the mother, family and/or doctor? It is true, the mother and the unborn baby are still two separate individuals/entities, but under these difficult circumstances, it is truly a personal decision for those directly involved,” (Pauline Rocco and Bob Johnson). In this situation a member of the family needs to decide between the mother and the unborn child. Regardless of the decision, one life will be lost and one saved. The issue of abortion in this situation is to kill the unborn baby for convenience, and choose the other life to be saved. Therefore, abortion should be treated the same in the case of a rape or medical reasons. “The government has a legitimate interest in protecting the life of an embryo or fetus, but embryos and fetuses do not have rights themselves unless and until it can be determined that they are human persons,” (Tom Head). The government has a legitimate interest in protecting the potential right of the fetus, but the fetus itself does not have rights previous to the viability threshold. Women have the right to make the decision about their own bodies and fetuses do not have right. “Therefore, until the fetus is old enough to have the rights of its own, the woman’s decision to have an abortion takes precedence over the interests of the fetus” (Tom Head). Abortion can only be homicide if a fetus is known to be a person and fetuses are not known to be a person. Therefore, government may pass laws prohibiting death threats, and give the right to woman to terminate her pregnancy. Law also criminalizes the procedure generally apply to doctors and not to women. This means...