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the article, ?Why Abortion is Immoral,? Marquis concludes that ?This essay sets out an argument that purports to show?that abortion?is seriously immoral, that it is in the same moral category as killing an innocent adult human being.?(pg.27, Mappes) The main reasons backing up his argument are, for one, simply that it is wrong to kill us. When we are killed we suffer the greatest loss of all, our life. Second, killing us deprives us of our future experiences; depriving us of our future deprives us of more than perhaps any other crime. And third, since a fetus possess a property, the possession of which in adult beings is sufficient to make killing an adult human being wrong, then abortion is also wrong. Marquis? main strength in his argument against abortion is that it sets up a strong stand that killing of any kind, especially of those that are our future is always wrong. There are also weaknesses to the argument as well. For one, he compares the killing of us to the killing of animals, therefore basically implying that we are at the same moral status as animals, which I think many would not agree with and look down upon. As well, the article itself was not all that clear or interesting; the author seemed to jump around a bit, and not express his opinion very strongly. I was not as convinced by his argument as I was for Warren?s argument, not that I am for either one?s argument, merely that Warren?s argument was much stronger. My Argument on Abortion Abortion is a very serious and complicated issue. I would have to say that I am firm on my stand that abortion is a women?s choice to a certain degree; therefore I feel that I hold the moderate view on abortion. The reasons for my opinion being more to the middle of the extreme views is that the destruction of any life should not be merely up to ourselves to decide. Abortion should not be a solution to our irresponsible actions, nor should it not be allowed to those really needing to terminate their pregnancy. If abortion were available to all women for any reason, at any stage of pregnancy, we would become desensitized to the fact that a life is actually being destroyed. Likewise, if abortion was only available to those in order to save their lives, or because they were raped, then there would be a lot of unwanted infants in this world being neglected and not being cared for. Bibliography Mappes, Thomas A. and Jane S.Zembaty 1997Social Ethics ? Morality and Social Policy. New York: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.