Essay on Why Is It A Contemporary Ethical Issue?

3695 Words Sep 21st, 2014 15 Pages
1. Analyze the issue. Describe how this issue is being debated in New Zealand society. Why is it a contemporary ethical issue?

Cardinal Joseph Bernadin once stated “ in an age when we can do almost anything, how do we decide what we ought to do? The even more demanding question is: in a time when we can do anything technologically, how do we decide morally what we should never do”. http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/death-penalty-capital-punishment/statement-by-bishops-of-kentucky-on-death-penalty-1996-12.cfm

This brings up one of the most contentious question in todays society that still remains un answered. Just because we can, does it mean we should?

This topical debate covers a large amount of topics. One of these being the issue of abortion. Abortion is defined by the Evangelium Papal 58 as the following “Procured abortion is the deliberate and direct killing by whatever means it is carried out, of a human being in the initial phase of his or her existence, extending from conception to birth. http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20081208_dignitas-personae_en.html

Along with the catholic definition of abortion, modern genetic science has previously confirmed that a life journey of an individual begins, from the time that, their ovum is fertilized. By considering the multiple effects on the different peoples lives, we can interpret abortion as a contemporary ethical issue. It’s not only…

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