The Ethicality Of Abortion

Better Essays
As William James "Bill" O 'Reilly, an American television host, author, syndicated columnist, and political commentator once professed “There comes a time when a human being has to either face evil or admit to allowing it. Abortion is legal in the United States, but it should not be celebrated or used as a political tool. Viable babies are human beings.” In our every changing society, where increased rights for same-sex couples, equal pay for women, and gun laws have altered our society since our founding days, the topic of abortion continues to be a heavily debated topic and is one of the most polarized topics of the 21st century. This heated dispute surrounds the legality of Roe v. Wade and if it is unconstitutional for citizens to pay for …show more content…
Depending on how far along a women is during pregnancy, the methods surrounding the abortion vary. According to Planned Parenthood, a woman can either take a pill to induce a natural miscarriage, or have a surgical procedure. During the first 8 weeks of pregnancy, a doctor can use a simple suction procedure. However, after 9 weeks the only option is to have a surgical abortion in which the doctor must surgically remove the fetus. Over the years abortion became not only ethically accepted in the first place, but legal in 1973. Although patients are entitled to know both how an abortion will affect them, including both the physical and emotional consequences for them and the child, the majority refuse to ask for fear of being morally convicted. Although many believe in prochoice, the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion through the United States via Roe v. Wade continues to remain unlawful in the eyes of millions of Americans nearly 40 years later. Considered to be one of the most controversial social issues of our time, the legality of abortion stemmed from a privacy rights case. Although the Constitution does not specify an American citizen’s right to privacy, the case was based and “interpreted [on] the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to include a right to …show more content…
Another both legal and moral aspect of abortion even pro-choice supporters debate about is when a fetus is considered to be a human life that is capable of feeling pain. The Supreme Courts concluded that legally “during the first trimester of pregnancy, state governments could not interfere with a physician’s decision, reached in consultation with a pregnancy patient, to terminate a pregnancy. [However,] during the second trimester, the state could regulate abortion, but only to protect the health of a woman. [Finally,] in the third trimester, after the fetus has achieved viability (or the ability to survive outside of the womb,) the Court ruled that the state governments could prohibit abortion except when it was necessary to preserve the life or health of a woman” (Tannahill 2012). In the years since Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court has come to the conclusion that states can regulate access to abortion as long as it does not place an undue burden on a woman’s right to choose. Due to the legality and controversy surrounding abortion, women now must legally, “give information about fetal development and alternatives to ending their pregnancies, wait at least 24 hours after receiving that information before having an abortion, doctors must keep

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    Most places in the United States legally require some form of parental consent before a minor can have an abortion. Those that support abortion claim that these laws that supposedly regulate abortions are really just trying to coerce women out of having an abortion. There is an ongoing debate over moral issues regarding the topic of abortion. On one side, pro-life advocates argue that abortion should be illegal, because it is murder. On the other side, pro-choice advocates argue that the mothers have a right to choose.…

    • 1758 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    EWC462 November 4, 14 Dr. Winslade Medical Ethics: Wednesday 4-5 Abortion The abortion dispute inquires whether it should be ethically permissible to terminate a pregnancy before traditional delivery. Multitudes of people in our society today have made the decision to end their pregnancy due to very logical personal reasons. I believe that in certain circumstances, abortion is an optimistic option. While many people believe that abortion is a sin, I choose to have an open mind on the idea that abortion is sometimes the only option for many people. In cases of rape, lack of sex education and abuse, abortion should be legal in efforts to give these people a chance for their future.…

    • 2242 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Did you know that there are millions of people not alive today because of abortion? Some think that abortion is a horrid and sick way of dealing with an unplanned or unwanted child; pro-life, while others think of it as plan B and/or their right; pro-choice. Someone who is pro-choice feels a woman has the legal right to abort her child, while a person who is pro-life feels that human life begins at conception and that the fetus is in fact a person and has a right to life. But the big question is, how would you feel if someone took away your ability to live? Just think about not being able to say whether or not you want a chance at life.…

    • 1381 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    What exactly is abortion? Abortion is the process of terminating a pregnancy. Four decades ago abortion was illegal in the United States. Few states had legal abortions and the ones that did had very strict regulations on when and how they could be done. The Roe v. Wade case in 1973 changed the legality of abortion and privacy rights of women (Roe v. Wade).…

    • 2108 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Is Abortion Just Or Unjust

    • 1520 Words
    • 6 Pages

    Abortion can be performed due to many reasons like risking of woman’s health, rape victims. There are many religious beliefs regarding the not legalizing of abortion. Many countries have already banned abortion and some countries allow abortion only under certain circumstances.”(Unknown) Think about other opinion, you can always get and adoption, I know you will have to carry the baby for 9 months but it’s way better then having and abortions because just because it’s not in this in this world quite yet it’s still murder. Adoption may cost a lot but there are…

    • 1520 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent 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
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    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.…

    • 1683 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Pro Choice Abortion

    • 1418 Words
    • 6 Pages

    A turning point in abortion was the Roe v. Wade court case which caused a national debate on the subject of abortion. The debate is continued till this day, should it be allowed and to what extent? The court case allowed women the right to have an abortion in the state of Texas. It allowed the right to abortion within the first trimester of pregnancy, if abortion is safer than childbirth, it would be allowed. However, the courts were still restricting women’s rights to have an abortion.…

    • 1418 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Currently, in the United States, per federal laws, abortion is legal throughout the states. However, states do have laws in place that limit a woman’s ability to obtain an abortion. Abortion has remained a controversial topic since it first became illegal in the 1800’s. Prochoice and prolife activists continue to argue over whether or not abortion should remain legal. My personal stance on abortion is the belief that all women deserve to have the reproductive rights the constitution provides them with, allowing for legal abortion without a court’s decision throughout all nine months of pregnancy.…

    • 1020 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The Right To Abortion

    • 700 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Abortion prevents the mother’s or father’s life from turning for the worse. Various factors play into this decision which frequently is also benefiting the potential child. Having children costs lots of money and I certainly wouldn’t want to be born into a family that has to worry about paying basic medical expenses, education, mortgage and so on. The battle between pro- life and pro- choice activists rages on since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Jane Roe in 1973, giving a woman a constitutional right to abortion under certain conditions. However, recently stricter abortion laws and social pressure deny women the right to abortion, completely ignoring the reasons for why they arrive at this decision.…

    • 700 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Decent Essays