Abortion : A New Age Liberalism Point Of View Essay

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The debate over whether or not abortion should be a legal in America has divided Americans since the US Supreme Court 's 7-2 decision on Roe v. Wade, where the court declared the procedure a "fundamental right" on Jan. 22, 1973. Even today in the modern age the divide has grown even further with people falling into organized groups labeling themselves as “pro-choice” or “pro-life”. Proponents, identifying themselves as pro-choice, contend that choosing abortion is a right that should not be limited by governmental or religious authority. Opponents, identifying themselves as pro-life, contend that life begins at conception, and therefore abortion is the immoral killing of an innocent human being. In this paper I will be defending abortion from a new age liberalism point of view. Although I do not have a specific stance on the sensitive subject matter of abortion, theorist such as John Stuart Mill, Isaiah Berlin, and Kwame Appiah can accompany liberals in their reasoning and rational as to why it is morally justified to conduct abortions. Using the thoughts from the above theorist, I will be considered pro-choice throughout this paper and subsequently question pro-life believers as well.
The underlying theme of liberalism, old and new, is the rights of the individual. In the case of abortion, the individual is whoever the women is that becomes pregnant, not the embryo. In order to successfully argue for abortion in the liberal framework I believe it is equally…

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