An abortion is a procedure to end a pregnancy. It uses medicine or surgery to remove the embryo or foetus and placenta from the uterus. Nowadays, decisions about legalizing abortion are not simply “black-or-white”. They require deep philosophical thinking questions regarding the foetus, the mother, personhood, autonomy of the person, the right to life, and balance of social individual rights. Feminists use the woman as the central point of the debate. Legalizing abortion has always been a mediatised debate in countries all over the world and is divided into two distinctive movements: the pro-choice and the pro-life campaigners. While the pro-life supporters generally argue in terms of the foetal rights, pro-choice does not favour abortion over birth. Pro-choice followers believe that women are entitled to make a decision based on the benefit of their well-being. Therefore, women are entitled to safe abortion procedures if the foetus represents a danger to their physical or emotional health. Abortion should be legalized since a woman’s self determination remains the main priority of decision making when terminating her pregnancy. In addition, carrying a pregnancy to its term doesn’t imply that the child will have the best environment possible and responsible parents. This is why I support the pro-choice movement which considers the foetus and a pregnant woman’s best interests. Abortion can be categorized into 3 distinctive techniques: therapeutic, elective or spontaneous. A therapeutic abortion is used to protect the pregnant woman’s health when it is endangered as opposed to an elective abortion which is induced for any other reasons. A miscarriage is considered a spontaneous abortion. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms has long recognized that the human body ought to be protected from interference by others (Kluge 312). Therefore, a woman who decides to terminate her pregnancy must do so without any interference from the state. Abortion is a fundamental personal decision that must be taken by the woman carrying the pregnancy and no one else. It is an ethical value that each competent person has the right to self-determination. Thus, how is it considered ethical to force a woman to continue her pregnancy to term if she doesn’t believe it benefits her well-being? A pregnant woman knows her best interests and the baby’s one too. If she knows she won’t be able to take care of the future child, why bring an unwanted child in this world and make him suffer? If a pregnant woman’s not ready to give appropriate care and love to her child, the decision for her to terminate her pregnancy might be the best one for the foetus. If a woman has the right to conceive children, she has the right to decide if she doesn’t want them also. The state or medical professionals should not have an influence in a pregnant woman’s decision to abort. Women must be acknowledged as full moral agents with the responsibility for making moral decisions about their own pregnancies (Kluge 341b). Hence, self-determination is a key ethical value that gives women the right to abortion. A zygote is not a human being; it is a potential person because it is undeveloped, immature and depends on his mother’s body to survive. We are speaking of its potential rather than what it is (Kluge 330). The difference between a zygote and a foetus likes in two main respects: “globally (increase in size, alteration of shape) and systematically (acquisition of major body systems)” (Kluge 336). Therefore, a zygote cannot be…
to talk to all of you about the BIG problem of abortion.
For those of you that don’t know much about this process, abortion is a procedure that can be done while the woman is asleep, or awake. A doctor will remove the pregnancy using narrow forceps passed through the neck of the womb. Also known as the “Vacuum Aspiration”. Or known to most as terminating the pregnancy.
There are 234 abortions per 1,000 live births in the U.S, 1.2 million abortions per year, 3,288 per day, 137 per hour, 9 every…
Abortion: Life or Death Decision
For centuries, people have longed for an effective means of birth control. Before birth control pills and surgery, there was no way of preventing a pregnancy. However, if women did get pregnant, they could choose to have an abortion. In early societies, unwanted children were often disposed of after they were born. Infanticide was common. Sometimes babies were killed outright and other times they were simply abandoned. In 1973, abortion was legalized in the United…
The Right To Abortion
South University Online
Introduction to Philosophy
This essay concentrates on the prominent growth of worldwide and provincial human rights principles and legislations that back a woman’s human right to abortion. It summarizes relevant progression within the United States, Inter-American and African human rights organizations concerning abortion, as it relates to a woman's right to life and well-being, in circumstances such as rape…
before marriage? We would all crowd the streets and protest waving banners saying “It’s my body, it’s my choice” So why aren’t we crowding the streets with those same banners for abortion. It’s the mother’s body, so shouldn’t it be her choice?
Abortion is when a mother has surgery to get the fetus removed from her. Abortion is often met with the right to life argument. The right to life argument states that anything living has the natural born right to live. The fetus doesn’t have a heart till 6 weeks…
Abortion as sensitive social and moral issue has been much discussed and explored from different viewpoints. It is a highly controversial phenomenon which concerns basic human rights, the right for life and the right of the woman to make her own life decisions. Everybody knows that abortion is an action against pregnancy. However, this action still has pros and cons because what is called by abortion can be done due to many reasons including health reason. This condition may lead to misunderstandings…
conversation about abortion is often too complex and one that gets a lot of people’s blood boiling; it conjures up notions of debates and controversy that dates back as far as 1973. In the Roe vs. Wade case, a case that marked a pivotal point in the movement toward women’s rights, women had the right to an accessible abortion under the 14th amendment. This case sparked a national controversy that continues today. For years, women have fought for their rights and equality. Women who seek out abortions are not…
use as an abortifacient in the United States on September 28, 2000. (1) Mifepristone, taken as a pill in doses, was deemed a safe and effective form of medical abortion. With their approval of the drug, the FDA limited the restrictions of it, potentially making it widely available to women across the U.S.. As a revolutionary method of abortion, mifepristone has spent the past twelve years under the scrutiny of the United States government. Originally produces and marketed in France by Roussel Uclaf…
Abortion Informational Essay
Omar El Diraoui
PHL Ethics 121
April 9, 2014
Omar El Diraoui
April 9, 2014
Abortion and the Effects
Abortion should not be allowed unless the mother is facing the danger of death and or being hurt by the pregnancy. Abortion is related to the problem of pain, suffering, and death.
Abortion is the process of removing of a uterus of a fetus before viability. An abortion could occur by the…
The Benefits of Abortion
Christine May Rodriguez
English Composition- ENGL 150
Instructor Madeleine Wakefield
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
The Benefits of Abortion Women assume freedom with regards to reproductive choices base on her knowledge and belief. However, “abortion is the most degrading…
Years ago when a woman would get pregnant she would have a baby. Today accidental pregnancies are solved by a method called abortion. With this method the newly formed fetus is basically removed from the mother’s body and destroyed. Although the whole process of having an abortion seems not especially pleasant, they seem to be popular. Many people argue that abortion is plain and simple murder. They reason is that if a woman feels…