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Abortion: Conscience And Morality Issue Study

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What is Abortion?Is abortion murder, or just the right of the mother? That is one of the main questions in the whole abortion conflict. Abortion is when a doctor kills an embryo when it is still inside the mother, and can be summed up as "the knowing destruction of the life of an unborn child." (Mass General Laws Chapter 112 Section 12K). In this age, Australia and society in general has deemed this act to be acceptable.All babies have a right to live, whether they are a result of a loving relationship, or a rape. Two wrongs don't make a right. Rape is a crime, and so is abortion. Abortion is morally and ethically wrong. Who are we to try and determine whether a baby should live or not? We have no right at all. All babies, when born, have a special purpose and should not be terminated because of some selfish or irresponsible act of its parents.Who opposes it and why? Who promotes it and why?There are two main views on abortion, "pro-life" and "pro-choice""Pro-life" supporters believe that from the time of conception, the foetus is alive, and their definition of Abortion is the taking of a life; the unborn child is human. They believe that the foetus deserves to live, and to kill it would be murder. Simon Hopper quotes "No child deserves to die just because the mother was too irresponsible to have sex and not want to be responsible for the baby if she was to get pregnant." (Simon Hopper, Abortion, Crisis Pg 39)In addition, Mothers who choose to the decision to abort, do not picture the consequences of their decision, as Richard Hayes states "After the mother has decided to abort her beautiful, innocent child she is also ending the chance of life for every other individual that would have been born as a result of the baby's birth" (Richard Hayes Abortion: A moral issue? Pg 125)On the other hand, there are those who would argue that a woman has the right to choose whether to abort her innocent, unborn child (the "pro-choice" decision). Pro-choice supporters believe that the decision to abort a pregnancy is that of the mother, and no one has the right to interfere. They believe life does not begin at conception, but at birth. They believe that the baby inside is the mother's property and it is her decision whether or not to conceive the baby. Dr. Stephen states, "While it is easy to feel that abortion is being performed for the sake of the foetus, honesty requires us to recognize that we perform it for adults."(Dr. Stephen. The Moral Question of Abortion. (Online)) Various reasons why patients resort to abortion patients can range to that the baby was unexpected and unwanted; the victim was raped, and pregnancy certainly wasn't the desired end result.The Catholic Church's viewIn regards to the Catholic Church's view, "Thou shalt not kill" commandment is contemplated. In essence, Abortion is a direct violation of this Commandment. The church believes that a developing child in the mother's womb has a human...

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