Don Marquis Summary: Why Abortion Is Wrong?

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Abortion is wrong, but no one should be judged for the actions and/or decisions they make. Every human being that breathes, walks, and thinks, can decide what to do with their body. In this paper I agree with Don Marquis’s view of abortion. Abortion is wrong because it deprives the fetus from its future. In other words, abortion is wrong because killing a future child stops it from growing and making a difference to their lives. The child 's mother whom is having the abortion does not know if that baby will make a change in the future, the possibilities are endless.
First take a look at Marquis argument of why abortion is immortal. Marquis argument is that any living thing; human or animal, has their future taken away. He starts of the essay
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This gets you to think in a nonbiased way, under a veil of ignorance. Anyone who would be making a decision does not know anything about who they are. Being forced to decided what is good for everyone. The right action according to contractualists is deciding what is best for all. Wrong actions would be making decisions for their own benefits. Even though the child is not able to make decisions, contractualism is against abortion. Being in the child 's position, it is not morally permissible because the child has done nothing wrong for it to be killed. However, the mother may feel as if she had made the correct decisions at the wrong time. Therefore she is giving herself more time. Time that would be needed to think if the mother is willing to have a child and be able to support …show more content…
Flourishing, meaning that all powers and capacities are being used and exercised. This theory does not care about what is right or wrong, they care about living-well. Living-well as to be flourishing. Virtue ethics are not precise about being for or against abortion. Only answer is to make sure the decision made is the one that will keep you living-well. “A more obvious answer is better. What primary makes killing wrong is neither its effect on the murderer nor its effect on the victim’s friends and relatives, but its effect on the victim…The loss of one’s life deprives one of all the experiences, activities, projects and enjoyments that would otherwise have constituted one’s future”(Marquis, 469). What Marquis is saying supports my argument because looking at abortion from a virtue ethics perspective, that child will not longer have a future. Once the abortion is done there is nothing to look forward to, no child, no one to look after or wait for. Similar to what Marquis says in his writing, killing someone takes away the persons ability to function. Also looking at the mother’s perspective, she will not be experiencing the motherhood that can make her into the women she needs to be. Not saying that all women need to experience pregnancy, but those who can should at least once. Without going through all the body pains cause by the baby’s weight, cravings of food and etc., she is not flourishing properly.

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