The Issue Of The Morality Of Abortion Essay

1218 Words Nov 24th, 2014 5 Pages
“From 1973 through 2011, nearly 53 million legal abortions were performed in the United States – an average of about 1.4 million abortions per year” (Ashford-Grooms). I have recently changed my position regarding the morality of abortion. Before, I held the position that we do not know when exactly a fetus becomes a conscious human being. There is no specific moment, which we can prove, that a soul enters the fetus and the fetus then becomes an actual ‘human being,’ for lack a lack of a better explanation. Some will argue that life begins at conception; others want proof of this claim. Regardless of the semantics of murder and abortion, it is proven that fetus’ respond to their environment while in the womb, and recent studies suggest abortions actually cause the unborn child pain. The U.S. Government even requires doctors to inform mothers who are inquiring about an abortion of this, failure to do so can even result in malpractice. All of this suggests that, even though we may not be able to scientifically pinpoint the exact moment a fetus becomes a ‘real human being,’ they should still be treated as such. Abortion is morally wrong.
There are a few reasons one may argue in favor of abortion. For example, what about cases where giving birth would knowingly cause harm to the mother? Would an abortion be a legitimate option in this case? According to E.G. Raymond, “A woman 's risk of dying from having an abortion is 0.6 in 100,000, while the risk of dying from giving birth is…

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