January 23, 2012
Article Name: Why Abortion is right even if it’s wrong:
Author: Richard X. Thripp
The author, Richard X. Thripp, begins the article by stating “going down a hypothetical path where abortion is ethical and just, despite knowing it isn’t” ( para1). I do not agree with this statement because I believe women should have the right to decide having an abortion or not. Do I feel abortion should be used as a form of contraception; no I do not. If a woman knows she does not have the means or desire to care for a child, abortion should be an option of choice. Do I feel this is an extreme measure; yes I do but under certain circumstances it may be the only option. Just because a ...view middle of the document...
This statement could be viewed as a deductive argument that is invalid and creates a logical error within the statement. In the statement regarding the victims of rape, the author stated “was partially responsible because she didn’t take the adequate precautions” (para.13). No matter if precautions were taken or not, no one deserves to be raped. Because a victim happens to be raped should not morally mean she be forced to keep a child conceived in this setting. The article seems to be riddled with the ad hominem fallacy because the author offered premises that the he does not accept but many readers may choose. Band wagon fallacy was also identified within the author’s statement “as if being unwanted is so terrible a punishment” (para.18). There are tons of cases involving child abuse because the mother never wanted the child. The mother may feel she had to give up on her life and goals just for the child and may grow to resent the child. In society there a far more unwanted mistreated children that I care to count. Many of them are physically, mentally and emotionally abused, and starved to death. These neglected children have a less likely chance of having a secure family life. Many grow to be productive citizens in society while others do not.
There is no real credibility to this article because the author based it upon his own beliefs and thoughts. Although the author did use textbook definitions, the validity is questionable as well. No true statistical data was provided to support the claims of the author.
Thripp, R. (2008). Why Abortion is right even if it is wrong. Retrieved from http://richardxthripp.thripp.com/2008/08/why-abortion-is-wrong-even-if-its-right/