Abortion Is Not Morally Permissible Essay

1044 Words Dec 3rd, 2015 null Page
Who are we to decide what exactly killing is, or even which type of killing is morally permissible or not? Don Marquis Argues “Killing a fetus deprives it of a valuable future/ “future like ours”. Therefore, abortion is not morally permissible.” Although, his argument does have some sense to it, it still raises questions to many specific cases where abortion would be an option. For this reason, I will argue as to why I believe Marquis’ argument has many arguments against it rather than for it because no one knows the future of any fetus. Furthermore, I will also touch the subject of a few of the many cases that makes his argument questionable.
To begin with, I stand beside my point that it is impossible to know what kind of a future a fetus will have once it is born. “A necessary condition of one’s future being valuable is that one values it.” (Marquis, 198) Here Marquis does clearly show an understanding that a fetus has no value to its life. But he argues against this, “This does not entail that my life is of no value unless it is valued by me.” (Marquis, 198) As I do somewhat see his point in this statement, I would still have to agree to disagree. Marquis argues this, but in the end his life is not being carried in the body of someone else by the time he is actually able to value his life consciously.
The “future like ours” argument that Marquis makes, basically says that while performing an abortion, it will take away the fetus’ chance and right to live a good life…

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