Morality of Abortion Essay

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Morality of Abortion

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 have an abortion. Some would believe that
abortion is a better alternative than to give the child an improper upbringing. I can
understand the logic behind such a statement, a concern for quality of life, but I still
do not feel that it justifies ending a human life. I believe that if one thinks they are
responsible enough to have sex they should be ready to face the consequences and the
burden of raising a child, regardless of if it means missing several great opportunities
that life had in store for you. Choosing to abort the pregnancy is taking the easy,
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