Morality of Abortion
For the past couple of decades, the issue of abortion has been the most heated topic debated in the United States. When considering this topic, one must look at three things: ethics, emotions and the law; for all of these are important to this issue. Like any debate, there are two sides to this issue: pro-choice and pro-life. The people who are pro- abortion say that the mother is the ultimate person to decide to abort a pregnancy and that the government should not get involved. On the other hand, a person against abortion would state that from the time of conception, the embryo/fetus is considered a human being. By aborting one is committing murder and taking away that human being’s life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as stated in the United States Constitution. When investigating the topic of abortion many questions come up. Can abortion be morally justified? What about in the case of therapeutic abortion or rape?
Eighteen days after conception, the fetus contains its own heartbeat. After three months the fetus has already developed all the organs and all the systems in their body needed. They are able to move around and do many other things. When I look at these facts and think about abortion, it seems evident that this is murder. In my opinion abortion is immoral, but on the other hand there are specific conditions and circumstances where abortion can be morally justified. Every year there are about 1.2 million abortions and out of those only 1-2% are because of therapeutic abortion or the cause of rape. That 1-2% is the group that I believe are justified in aborting their pregnancy, because I believe in the protection of life the mother who is already a fully developed human being should be saved first, and in the case of a rape victim why should they suffer even greater consequences of such a violent act to begin with?
Most abortions take place because of failure in the contraceptive or just because the woman suddenly decides she does not want to have a baby for whatever various reasons. I feel that if a woman, or a couple, is/are ready to have sexual intercourse, they should also be capable of bearing the potential responsibilities that come along with ‘negative consequences.’ Granted this seems to lay a greater burden on the woman’s shoulders (if the case is of wedlock), but as humans we are physically created this way-hence there must be some kind of natural innate or divine law in progress. In my own opinion it probably shows that those outside the bounds of marriage should not treat sex recreationally. A counter argument to that could be that several couples as well are not responsible enough, do not have the maturity/financial means/family support, etc that are necessary to raise a happy healthy child, so they try to be ‘safe’ when engaging in sexual activities but end up pregnant and cannot ‘handle’ a child so they...