Abortion : The Most Divisive Moral And Social Issue Essay

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Thiroux and Krasemann point out that “for over four decades abortion has been the most divisive moral and social issue in the United States. In the 1973 landmark case of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruled that abortion constituted a “fundamental right” of women. Essentially the ruling allowed a woman the right to decide what to do with her own body up to the time the fetus attained viability. Restrictions to abortion rights could then come into play because at that point of fetal development, there is a competing right to life. This issue continues to strike deep emotional responses, and ongoing debate centers on moral issues and philosophical arguments of important human concern.” [1]
An argument for abortion is that a woman should be able to have an abortion when she wishes without suffering from guilt or restrictions. The first argument is absolute rights of women over their own bodies. According to this argument, abortion is another form of birth control that is used when other methods fail or have not been used. To carry this argument one step further, any conceptus is a part of a woman’s body until it is born; therefore, she has absolute say over whether it should continue to live in her body. No woman should be forced or even urged to go through her pregnancy against her will. [2] According to the Pro-choice point of view, “human life begins after a fetus becomes “viable” or after birth, not at conception. Embryos and fetuses are not independent,…

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