Abortion 8 Essay Research Paper AbortionRight Wrong

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Abortion 8 Essay, Research Paper Abortion: Right, Wrong, or a Little of Both? Abortion is a controversial topic that has been debated heavily for several years. Some say that life begins upon conception, and therefore performing an abortion is purposely murdering a human. Others say that to be considered a fully functioning human being, skills such as reasoning, and the ability to live independent from any type of host, must first be developed. These people feel that life begins upon birth, rather than conception, and so an abortion is not murder. And still others are in the gray when it comes to this topic. They may feel that abortion is acceptable in certain cases, but possibly still consider somewhat of a murder. In this paper, I intend to explain each of these points more

in depth, and I will also offer my own personal opinion about abortion. The general view on abortion is a three-part statement. First, it is wrong to kill a human being. Second, a fetus is a human being. And third, it is therefore wrong to kill a fetus. This idea is one that is shared by pro-life people. They look at the raw fact of the situation: an abortion is murder. How could anyone justify the killing of an innocent fetus? To be killed before having one fair chance at life on earth is the most cruel and unfair thing to do to someone. These are all comments that someone who is pro-life would make. The Catholic Church belongs to this group of pro-life believers. They believe that we were all created in God’s image, and because of His decision to create us. They would argue

that if a fetus exists, it is because God has some sort of a reason why. To kill this fetus would be to go against the will of God. The church has an esteemed reverence for the dignity of life. They are openly against killing a fetus for mostly all cases, with very few exceptions. The primary exception would be a situation where the mother’s life was in jeopardy, and the only way for her to survive is to abort the fetus. Even though the church would usually be against an abortion in mostly all other situations, it would most likely allow such an exception to take place if the abortion was absolutely necessary for the mother’s survival. Judith Jarvis Thomson, an advocate of abortion, describes the anti-abortion argument in a sarcastic manner. “Every person has a right to

life. So the fetus has a right to life. No doubt the mother has the right to decide what shall happen in and to her body; everyone would grant that. But surely a person’s right to life is stronger and more stringent than the mother’s right to decide what happens in and to her body, and so outweighs it. So the fetus may not be killed; an abortion may not be performed” (738). She goes on to say that this argument seems to be plausible. She then offers an example of a somewhat similar situation. In this example, one person is suffering from a deadly kidney ailment. (We will call this person PA for Person A.) Another person is kidnapped, (whom we will call PB for Person B), to save the victim’s life. PA’s circulatory system is plugged into PB’s to extract poisons from

both people’s blood. Now that these two people are plugged into each other, PA’s life is dependent upon PB. If they are unplugged, PA will die. Now what is ethically right here? It should be agreed upon by everyone that we all have the right to decide what happens in and to our bodies. But according to the pro-life argument from before, a person’s right to life outweighs the right to decide what happens to another person’s body. In this case, PB was taken and was offered to save PA’s life against his own will. He did not volunteer to save PA’s life, nor did he, in any way, assume any form of responsibility for it. Therefore, I feel that PB has the opportunity of choice in this example. If he does not want to go through with saving PA’s life he doesn’t have to. To