Essay on Abortion
Bio-ethics examines the relationships between the life sciences and philosophy and contemplates moral arguments. Moral arguments such as abortion, euthanasia, and organ donation effect lives and have an impact on society. These issues are emotional in nature and do not have solid biological answers. In the case of abortion there are many variables with the pregnancy such as rape, incest, and malady in the infant.
The essay by Emily Rapp, Rick Santorum, Meet my Son, discusses her painful journey through parenting a child with a degenerative genetic disease. She discusses utilizing modern technology tests that are available to the parent but that did not give her the information she needed. …show more content…
In Rapp’s essay she states had she known of her sons disease she would have had an abortion. If we look at Aristotle’s Virtue Theory we can see how it fits this case. Rapp is stating that she would have done what was best for her child by having an abortion. She would feel she was doing what was right and just given the situation. Virtue theory acknowledges our intelligence and emotions. Rapp states in her essay that while she would choose an abortion she understands that it would be a difficult choice and that it would cause her to mourn her unborn child. Her decision would have been morally just because she considered the applications. Philosopher, Judith Jarvis Thompson, argues that even if the fetus is a person then abortion may be morally justified. She argues that there is the question of a right to kill justly and that the fetus’s right to life does not “trump” the pregnant woman’s right to choose. She uses an analogy of a violinist attached to a woman’s body. The woman can stay