Argument Against Abortion

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When I first had to write about abortion, my opinion had been set. Abortion for me was always an immoral choice. This belief of mine stemmed from religious and culture values. The first challenge to this belief was when I discovered that there were situations in which a mother could die from a pregnancy. At that point, I considered abortion to be wrong, unless a mother’s life was in danger. Additionally, if a mother was raped, then I reasoned that an abortion would be the best opinion. This change in opinion stems from a quote found in the textbook Contemporary Moral Problems, by Judith Jarvis Thompson, which states, “I suppose we take it as a datum that in a case of pregnancy due to rape the mother has not given the unborn person a right to …show more content…
Having abortions available for any situation and anytime means that a mother could have an abortion even the day before the child was born. So I came to this conclusion: Abortion should be a last minute solution, not the first line of defense. Abortion should not be taken lightly. However, Abortion should still be an option, especially in the early stages of pregnancy.
For many of the selections in the textbook, Contemporary Moral Problems, although I would not agree with the main argument, I would see and understand the route and examples used to justify the argument. However, when reading the selection Living on a Lifeboat by Garrett Hardin, I found myself completely disagreeing with the entire writing. More importantly, I consider these certain statements to be not only incorrect, but unethical.
The first quote that I found troubling can be found in the textbook Contemporary Moral Problems, “The fundamental error of the sharing ethics is that it leads to the tragedy of the commons” (341). Hardin is completely incorrect for making this assumption. Rather than sharing leading to the tragedy of the commons, I would argue that it leads to the enlightenment of the commons. Let us look at any historical change for the better, such as the civil rights movement or the labor unions. By sharing, these people were able to increase their collective power to compete against the elitists or more powerful groups of