Abortion Ethics

Abortion Ethics


Abortiondenotes the cessation of the pregnancy by a mother before the childis born. Over time, there have been various debates that have askedwhether it is morally correct to dismiss the pregnancy afore theusual childbirth (Porter,et al. 1994).In most cases, different people think that abortion is usually wrongwhile others believe that it is right in some cases, for instance,when the mother’s life is at risk. Additionally, most people havethe notion that there is a range of situations when abortion ismorally right. Typically, for the purpose of this discussion, we willdefine abortion as the cautious elimination of the fetus from thewomb of her mother at her request and the outcome is death of thefetus. The objective of this discussion is to educate peopleregarding the morality of uncoerced. For this purpose, abortion isintended, careful removal of the human fetus.

Tostart with, it is significant to note that the fetus is equally aperson that is protected by a set of rights. Typically, much debateregarding the legality abortion entails the discussion of the legalstatus of the fetus (Holmgren,et al. 1994).According to the anti-choice activists, if the fetus is a person,then abortion is illegal since it is a murder case. Also, althoughthe fetus is a person, then abortion may be justified to the humansovereignty. But this will have the implication that abortion isinevitably ethical. Feasibly the law cannot force the women to staywith the pregnancies to term, but, of course, this appears to be themost moral choice.

Besides,there are the political against the religious standpoints regardingthe ethics of abortion. Both the political and religious views havetaken their positions regarding the abortion ethics. Abortion is acomplex issue, and even no one comes to the decision of having anabortion lightly. This issue also involves numerous significantethical queries. For instance, the nature of the rights, the natureof the personhood, personal autonomy, and the human relationships(Giubilini,2011).These questions imply that we should handle the issues of abortionearnestly as a moral issue. This should be done so that we canidentify different components and argue them with as little bias aspossible. Most of the religions have taken their positions regardingthe issues of abortion. Many of them have the notion that abortionentails reflective issues of right and wrong, life and death, humanrelationships and the nature of the society (Vaughn,2013).This is what makes the issues of abortion be a significant religiousconcern.

Itis stipulated that people that involve themselves in abortion areprone to be affected profoundly both spiritually and emotionally.This is because abortion has an impact on both the mind and theheart. Additionally, it involves the matter of life and death, andtherefore, most of the people the purely scholarly debate regardingit is eventually unsatisfying. Therefore, it is not only the matterthat involves the people and their conscience, but also it includesthe people and their God. On the contrary, there are also politicalpositions regarding the issue of abortion. In most of suchconclusions, they base on various factors and thus in some cases theywill find abortion to be ethically right.

Additionally,there are some women’s rights discussions in the favor of abortion,and they make it be legal. For instance, there are argumentspostulating that the females have an ethical right to make thedecisions they think is right regarding their bodies. According tothis argument, the decision to abort is dependent on the willingnessof the mother to abort the fetus. It implies that the women will onlygive birth by their choice, and they have the right to abort if theythink that they are not ready to get a child. Also, there have beenarguments putting it that banning abortion risks the life of womensince they will be forced to use illegal abortionist. This has theimplication that those abortions should be legalized so that the lifeof the women who want to abort can be safe. According to thisargument, the life of the women is precious and that they should notbe forced to use illegal abortionists since the will face the risk oflosing their lives (Porter,1994).

Furthermore,it is critical to know that the women have a moral obligation to thefather of the fetus. Pregnancy will only occur when a man that isequally important and responsible for the existence of the woman justas the woman. Therefore, it is essential that women should considergiving the fathers some power in making decisions about whether thepregnancy should be carried to term or not. Consequently, men shouldalways be consulted on the decisions of women regarding abortionsince they have the moral obligation to support the child afterbirth. This implies that if it is compulsory that abortion should becarried out, then it must be discussed with the father of the childsince the woman has the moral responsibilities to the father (Vaughn,2013).

Also,there have been questions about whether it is right for women to givebirth to an undesirable child. The anti-choice activists have thetendency to build up the hypothetical cases of the females havingabortions to ensure that their careers are thriving. It is commonthat the females conduct abortion since they believe that they areincapable of taking good care of the child (Thiroux,2009).Typically, even if it were ethical to carry the pregnancy to term, itwould not be ethical to enforce the birth of children that areunwanted and their parents cannot take good care of them once theyare born. Therefore, women that are choosing to abort since theyrealized that they cannot be good mothers are making the most ethicaldecision that is open to them. In this line, it is crucial that thewomen should be given the choice to choose whether they will abort ornot so that we can eliminate the unwanted children in the society(Tooley,1983).

Itis also crucial to understand the morals and the penalties for sexualactivities. We should know that pregnancies habitually happens as aresult of sexual activities. Therefore, the queries concerning theethics of abortion must entail the questions concerning the ethics ofsex. Most of the people have the notion that sexual activities arebound to carry the consequences, and one of the outcomes might bepregnancy. Consequently, it is unethical to try to evade some ofthese consequences whether through contraception or abortion. Inturn, all those individuals that participate in sexual activitiesshould be ready to carry the consequences of their actions.

Lastly,there are also arguments stipulating that it is not morally right toforce a woman to carry the pregnancy to term. This is in unison withthe ethics of the bodily and personal autonomy. It’s evident thatthe right to abortion is the control of a woman’s body, and it willend in the demise of the fetus since the mother has chosen not tocontinue with the pregnancy. Various people have their statements tothe personal body independence that must be observed in any free anddemocratic society. Therefore, the chief query that we can askourselves is the extent to which the autonomy goes in the decisionswe make regarding our bodies (Thiroux,2009).


Typically,abortion is a complex topic especially in the current society wherethe cases of abortion have increased. The decision of whether it isethical to abort or not is dependent on various factors that must beevaluated keenly by the interested party so that they can make anethically right decision. Mostly, abortion is usually carried outillegally because the women believe that they cannot raise thechildren well at that particular time. Therefore, it is criticalthat appropriate education should be given to the women concerningthe issues of abortion so that they will be conversant with theconsequences of the decisions that they will make. The purpose of theeducation is to ensure the women know that they put their lives indanger when they choose to abort illegally. Typically, variouscountries have put their measure under which abortion can be carriedout legally.


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