The Ethics Of Abortion Essay

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Abortion advocates base their philosophical argument on the right to choose and the right to privacy. However, abortion is unjust and immoral because it results in the taking of an innocent human life for the convenience of another human life. If life in the womb is human, then to end that life for the benefit of another is seriously wrong and unjust.
Humans have the inherent right to choose many things in life from the simplest choices of everyday life to the more complex choices that can affect one for a lifetime. However, when one’s choice adversely infringes on the rights of another then the right to choose is now no longer socially or morally acceptable. Many laws from noise ordinances ...view middle of the document...

Even though the United States Supreme Court upholds a women’s right to abortion, it also defends the right to privacy and in this case the two are contradictory in nature. Does the location of a human being determine that human beings right to privacy?
A further argument for privacy of the unborn can be established. In Schloendorf v. Society New York Hospital (1914), “ the New York Court of Appeals ruled that a physician could not operate on a patient even if the operation proved to be beneficial for the patient without the patient’s consent” (Manninen, 201, p. 39). The unborn is human and therefore a patient with the right to not refuse an operation but unable to do so. Therefore, the legal guardian or mother should be required to act in the best interest of the child the same why she would be required to do so if the child were outside the womb. Does the mother have the right to not act in her child’s best interest simply because it has not yet made its way out of the womb?
Prior to the development of ultrasound technology, one of the arguments utilized by abortion advocates was that the unborn human was nothing more than a blob of tissues and cells and not life. This argument is weak even with out the benefit of the window to the womb provided by ultrasound images of life. A human is either alive or it is dead. The egg and sperm come together and produce a living organism because the cells begin to divide and grow and something that is dead does not divide and grow. On the contrary, something that is dead begins to break down and deteriorate as would be the case with spontaneous abortion better know as miscarriage. Therefore, at its earliest stages it must be life since it is exhibiting the evidence of life.
Enter the age of ultrasound and the argument that it is a blob of tissue and cells and not life is further refuted with the age-old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Even abortion proponents have had to change the lie that what is occurring in the womb is not life in the face of the truth revealed by ultrasound images of the unborn. “Indeed although I am a supporter of abortion rights, I am not prepared to detract value from fetal life. The more I study embryonic and fetal life the more respect I feel for the value of nascent human life” (Manninen, 2010, p.35). The use of the word nascent is an interesting one to say the least. Nascent is defined as “just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential” (Merriam-Webster). Despite the fact that the definition ends with future potential and is most likely the reason Manninen chose the word; one cannot discount the beginning of the definition, which admits that life is just coming into existence, and beginning. At least some abortion advocates are shifting and admitting the inevitable truth about life inside the womb. However, it does seem that part of the shift is toward admitting it is life but questioning its personhood. “Many philosophers,...

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