Bioethics Research Paper: Abortion

Superior Essays
Ashton Waldron
Mr. Jacob
Anatomy B2
26 May 2015
Bioethics Research Paper: Abortion-

Abortion is a largely discussed topic throughout the United States. There are debates whether or not it should be legal or illegal as well. To begin, abortion is the termination of a fetus from the uterus by natural causes before it is able to survive independently. The decision over whether or not abortion should be a legalized option continues to divide Americans. One side is known as pro-choice, supporting the case that choosing abortion is a woman’s right, and shall not be restricted by any governmental or religious authority by any means. On the other hand, the complete other side of this debate is considered pro-life, contending that personhood begins
…show more content…
Pro-choice choices also fall under the pro-legal category, since it supports abortion being a “fundamental right.” Another argument that can be debated on both sides pro and con would be when does personhood begin, before or after the child is born? Pro-choice would be the side that personhood begins after birth, not at conception. They believe that the baby isn’t viable, being able to survive outside the womb until of course it is born. Also, if you look at it as a pregnancy, you are terminating the pregnancy, not the baby. A person’s birthdate is calculated from the day they are born, also known as our birthdays, we aren’t being counted while we were in the womb; fetuses are not counted in the US Census. A huge pro-choice argument is also if the baby was not someone the women planned on having sexual intercourse with, for example rape or incest. Women who never planned on aborting and had this happen to them may wish to abort the child because of emotional feelings it may bring about. Abortion also gives pregnant women the option to choose whether or not to bring fetuses with profound abnormalities to full term. In other words, some fetuses have such severe disorders that doctors can detect before birth and state if death is guaranteed before or shortly after birth. Some examples of disorders that can result in early age death include anencephaly, where the brain is missing and the …show more content…
This consists of the idea that life does begin at conception. When one is pro-life they strongly believe that abortion is in fact murder, since it is the killing or ending of an innocent being. Of course this side of the argument believes that abortion should be illegal. Many states have passed fetal homicide laws that relate to the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which states, “That under federal law, anybody intentionally killing or attempting to kill an unborn child should be punished... for intentionally killing or attempting to kill a human being." In addition, with about 38 states according to the statistics being under this act may cause others to follow (slope effect). Another argument upon the pro-life side is that abortion reduces numbers, numbers of adoptable babies. It is unfair to allow abortion when there are couples out there that cannot biologically become impregnated and are waiting to adopt. As a result of declined amounts of women putting their child up for adoption, the numbers of adoptions dropped drastically from 1973 to 2002. It is obvious that having a child is a lot of work and this side defends that if you’re having a child then you should be ready to accept the responsibility that comes with it. This basically means you should be taking the responsibilities of your actions and dealing with the repercussions. If women are incapable of caring for the child they are conceiving then they

Related Documents

  • Great Essays

    Argument On Abortion

    • 1713 Words
    • 7 Pages

    The abortion debate is a heated topic in today’s world, which asks whether or not it is moral to have an abortion instead of carrying the child to full term and having the child. While some people think that abortion is always morally wrong, some believe that abortion is always morally right. For the sake of my argument, I will argue that abortion is morally acceptable in all cases. Whether it’s because the mother cannot care for the baby, or if the mother is going to have health issues as a result of having the baby, I will argue that abortion is always morally acceptable in any circumstance. Ethically, I will argue for moral subjectivism.…

    • 1713 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Abortion Research Paper

    • 1037 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Abortion is legal in the United States of America and rightly so. In other countries abortion laws are restrictive that even when a mother’s life is in jeopardy a woman does not have the choice to abort. The feeling when a doctor tells you that you are going to die because of a complication with the fetus in your womb can be devastating. The doctor claims he cannot abort the fetus because of the laws to protect life. This research paper will evaluate the reasons why abortion should be legal in every country around the world by the help of scholarly journals and testimonials of real woman on the benefiting factor of abortion.…

    • 1037 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    There are many debates between the Anti-abortionist and the Pro-abortionist. Abortion is the termination of pregnancy; sometimes known as many other names like miscarriage. I am one of those many people who are against abortions for many different reasons. There are many different reasons why people should be against abortion also. Pro-abortionist believe that, “Abortion is not murder,” no matter how late in the pregnancy, no matter how much it might be able to live outside a woman’s body, a fetus is not a child.…

    • 1116 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    “They are much more likely to leave of school; receive inadequate prenatal care; rely on public assistance to raise a child; develop health problems; or end up divorced” (Lowen). On average about 18% of teenagers result to abortions and in 2010 adolescents under fifteen counted as 0.05% of all abortions, but had the highest ratio 851 abortions: 1,000 live births (U.S. Abortion Statistics). With this being said, protesters against abortion should not be fighting for abortion laws, but to push for better contraceptives before it leads to a woman having to choose…

    • 1113 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    History Of Abortion

    • 1045 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Every woman needs the right to control her body, although some would argue that the fetus isn 't her body. Again, Linda Lowen stated, “it is attached by the placenta and umbilical cord, its health is dependent on her health, and cannot be regarded as a separate entity as it cannot exist outside her womb” (Boston). If women are restricted from being able to access safe abortions then we are going back on years and years of work to fight for these rights. The push to make abortion illegal is without a doubt regression. Women need to be in control of their own bodies, and not have to fear the government making decisions for them.…

    • 1045 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    There is often a large dispute over abortion and when personhood begins. Some believe it is at fertilization, some think that it is a vague concept, and some believe that it is when the child is born. The common argument against abortion is the claim that the fetus is a person and therefore has a right to life. A philosopher, Judith Jarvis Thomson, believes that even if personhood begins at the stage of being a fetus, there are still times when it is moral to abort the fetus. She believes that personhood begins at a vague time, however she wants to prove even if the fetus is a person, she can provide times when it is still morally permissible to have an abortion.…

    • 1357 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The Pros And Cons Of Abortion

    • 803 Words
    • 4 Pages
    • 1 Works Cited

    A theory about religion is that life starts at conception. People with other beliefs should not be forced to abide by this certain theory. Legal abortion today states that human life starts at birth, but when a baby is born, it grows and develops into a teenager, then a mature adult, until it finally becomes old and dies. Humans are made to develop and change, so a human becomes a human during conception. According to strong pro-choice advocates, until someone knows for sure when human life begins, it is not possible to know that abortion is the killing of a person, so for now, it is morally right if a woman wants to get an…

    • 803 Words
    • 4 Pages
    • 1 Works Cited
    Improved Essays
  • Great Essays

    Trump states that Planned Parenthood’s services that include reproductive health are very beneficial to society, however, their main concern is making abortions available to women, which is something he does not support. If elected, Trump claims that he will seek to overturn the Roe v. Wade supreme court decision, thus, reforming the restrictions placed on abortion and limiting women’s right to privacy (2016 presidential candidates, 2016). As an attempt to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision, Trump plans to appoint Supreme Court justices that are pro-life and hopes to rid of the first trimester abortion law. Trump believes that the unborn child should have constitutional rights and plans to enact the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” to limit abortion practices, (2016 presidential candidates, 2016).…

    • 1476 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Great Essays

    Thomson and Hursthouse both have come to the conclusion that abortion is impermissible but there are acceptable situations in which abortion should be permitted. In my opinion I agree with both Thomson and Hursthouse but in the end the conclusion of Hursthouse is the view I could see making both sides of abortion acceptable. When a woman and man conceive a baby knowingly, getting an abortion will only occur in the event of a health risk or the chances of the baby living after birth will be so minimum. By choosing abortion before letting the child get to full term is less painful than carrying the baby to full term and giving themselves false hope. It is understandable that some may want to fight for that chance but there is the option of abortion.…

    • 1117 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The mother still would have to give birth and that is one factor abortion prevents. A second argument against adoption is that some women tend to think of adoption as an abandonment of their child. Women may think that they are not strong enough to give away their children because it is too great of a sacrifice, and that abortion is actually easier than adoption. Many children get mistreated by adoptive parents so many families disagree that giving them up for adoption is better than aborting the child. Essentially, pro-choice sees that children aren’t guaranteed a better life in an adopting family, and would almost have better chances to be…

    • 1005 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays

Related Topics