Is Abortion Morally Permissible Essay

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Abortion is the act of purposely killing a human fetus. This action is legal in the United States of America due to the differing opinions regarding it. In this essay, I will discuss whether, or not abortion is morally permissible. If Abortion is in fact morally permissible, is it permissible in all or just some situations? I will argue that abortion is only morally correct in cases of a fetus having a severe genetic disorder and when the mother’s life is in danger. I will defend my argument by explaining how a fetus is a human being and that abortion deprives the fetus from having its meaningful future. Lastly, I will respond to the objections of a fetus not being a human being, speciesism, and specific cases of genetic defects in a fetus.
The first and main thing I must address is the phrase “human being.” We can all agree, that a fetus is a human being in the biological sense. When looking at human life from a moral point of view, can a fetus be considered a
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Some may argue that fetuses are unaware of their future. Yes, fetuses may not know their future, but neither do we. Even if we do or do not care about our future now, it will still happen regardless of what we may want. Whether moments are great or saddening, something will be learned from each unknown future occurrence in our lives. A famous philosopher, Don Marquis, who is against abortion, also agrees with me on the topic of abortion depriving the future of the fetus. In his essay, “Why Abortion Is Immoral”, he argues that abortion is taking away any future a fetus will have no matter good or bad. In this essay, he also explains how abortion has a greater effect on the fetus because it is the one who is dying. All aspects of that fetus’ future have been taken from him or her. In the quote below, Marquis further explains how the killing of the fetus affects the fetus more so than those who are around the

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