Is Abortion A Moral Or Ethical? Essay

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Abortion is legal in the United States by decision of the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade since 1973, but that still does not make it moral or ethical. The Supreme Court determined abortion to be a “fundamental right” during the first trimester of pregnancy (Abortion). According to the Court, the states can only regulate abortion in the second and third trimesters and when it is related to maternal health. Also, the fetus life can be protected starting in the third trimester (McBride). The amount of arguments presented by both sides of the debate keeps increasing and therefore adding to the controversy. In the following pages, I will focus my discussion on selective abortion, specifically eugenic abortion which is based on genetic abnormalities that can cause Down syndrome, Spina bifida, Anencephaly or some other type of disability and how abortion of disabled babies is morally and ethically wrong and against our duty to preserve the life of the disabled and against our duty to defend their rights. Nowadays these genetic defects can be determined through NIPT (non-invasive prenatal testing), said method will become popular whereas before only about 2% of pregnant women underwent prenatal testing due to its invasive nature. (Allott). Once NIPT becomes widely accepted and available, it is estimated tests performed will go from 100,000 to about 2.6 million per year only in the US. This type of abortion, based on genetic abnormalities is not less immoral or unethical than an…

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