When it comes to the issues of dying by abortion, euthanasia or the death penalty society views each issue passionately. As we look at the issues and as the circumstances change, society will dictate how it reacts.
When it comes to abortion there are two complex opposing groups, pro-lifers and pro-choicers, each group think that their position is the right position. The pro-lifers argues that abortion is not acceptable, because the fetus a viable human being, having a distinctive life of its own, to have an abortion is deliberately taking a life and that is murder. Other pro-lifers believe that a woman’s life is being seriously or permanently disabled, if the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape, or the woman’s life is threatened by the pregnancy.
Some pro-lifers believe that is better to let a pregnant woman and fetus die than save the life of the woman by having the pregnancy terminated. That once a woman becomes pregnant, she would be force to continue the pregnancy unless she seeks a lawsuit, wins the case, then seeks the courts permission she then could obtain an abortion (Robinson, 2003)
The other group the pro-choicers argue that a woman has a right to choose what to do with her body; there are too many unwanted babies in the world; if the baby is severely handicapped only the mother can look after the child; life does not start until birth or at least viable; a severely disable child may not have a good quality of life, and raped women should not have to choose to have an unwanted child to serve as a reminder of the ordeal that they went through.
Yet, other pro-choicers hold different beliefs about the morality of abortions: some say that early abortions are more acceptable; others say that first trimester are okay; some argue an abortion before the fetus is viable is okay; and still others argue that it is the woman’s choice to be able to have an abortion up to the time of birth. So there are many beliefs among groups and individuals. There is no simple right or wrong to the abortion issue.
Pro-lifers and pro-choicers agree that human life begin as an ovum, spermatozoa, a follicle of hair, skin cell because they are alive and contains human DNA, the spermatozoa and ova are not a human person; a newborn infant is a human person and deserves protection, and that once that human person exists, then that life must be protected.
At what point does the human person begin to exit? This is where the pro-lifers and the pro-choicers differ. Pro-lifers believe that it happens at conception or shortly afterwards, pro-choicers believe that it happens later in pregnancy.
Can the issue of abortion be reconciled? While there is a wide variety of beliefs on the abortion issue, abortion is a moral choice and there seems to be no agreement that exits at this time and none seems possible in the foreseeable future.
One of the best-kept secrets of the pro-life and pro-choice movements is that the two movements ultimately overlap to the...