PHI103: Informal Logic
Instructor: Christine Ng
February 18, 2013
Thesis Statement: Abortion, the deliberate act of terminating a pregnancy, is widely practiced throughout the United States. Many people in the United States feel that it is a moral decision, while others feel it is a personal decision.
Should Abortion be legal?
What is abortion? It is the termination of a pregnancy before the fetus attains viability, the capacity for life outside the womb. As discussed here, we mean induced abortion, not miscarriage or spontaneous abortion, but in other words the decision of the mother to terminate the fetus. In our textbook it states about abortion, “Arguments about morality can often generate the most controversy, because the majority of people regard moral questions as being among the most important. Abortion, the death penalty, euthanasia, how we raise our children, and a wide range of political issues has generated many such arguments” (Mosser, 2011 pg.5.2). To say that abortion is wrong is like saying being gay is wrong.
Abortion laws have always been difficult to enforce. Indeed, few laws have been more widely and flagrantly broken than those regarding abortion. Even before New York State pioneered in abortion reform, it was estimated that over one million abortions were performed annually in the United States. During the Victorian era and thereafter, the entire subject of abortion had been so taboo; the very mention of the word opened a flood of emotions in response to the sensitive moral, religious, and social issues involved. Until New York State’s Reform Bill, there had been no change in abortion laws. The real situation is that is no amount of medical knowledge that can answer this question: What should this woman do about the growing fetus inexorable inside of her? The answer depends on what the woman believes to be true about her, and those around exploring and often altering those beliefs.
References: Butler, Y.C. (2011). Perspectives on Sexual & Reproductive Health. Retrieved from the Ashford Online Library. http://web.ebscohost.com Mosser, K. (2011) Logic: An Introduction to Logic. Ashford University Ed. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education. https://content.ashford.edu Pazol, K. and others (2011) MMWR Surveillance Summaries. Retrieved from the Ashford Online Library http://web.ebscohost.com