The Moral Status of the Fetus Essay

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Philosophy 200
November 16, 2013
The Moral Status of the Fetus The debate over abortion comes down to one essential issue — the moral status of the unborn child. “Those choosing legalization of abortion will argue that the developing fetus lacks a moral status that would trump a woman’s desire to abort the child. Those against abortion argue by making the opposite claim; that the unborn child, because it is a developing human being, possesses a moral status because of its human existence; and that would clearly trump any rationale offered for its willful destruction.” (1)My moral belief would be that Life begins at Conception, therefore a fetus has just as much of a moral status as a newborn
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The news was

3 devastating for all of us, but abortion was never an option. We were going to accept Josh however he was. In November of 2000 he came into this world completely beautiful. 100% normal, and no Down's syndrome. The amnio is only 99.4% accurate, and for some women, that's enough to terminate a life.
Not for my sister. When it comes to life threatening situations for the mother, this is probably the most heated situation when it comes to the moral status of the fetus. Does the value of the mother's life outweigh the value of the baby's life? Do we save the mother? Or do we save the baby? What is the moral status of the fetus? Is it worth saving? A scenario like an ectopic pregnancy would suggest that we abort the fetus and save the mother. But that does not always have to be the solution. What we rarely realized is that there are several cases where ectopic pregnancies have survived! There are not any cases of ectopic pregnancies in a fallopian tube that have survived, but studies have confirmed that time and patience will allow for regression of the ectopic pregnancy the majority of the time. So chemical or surgical removal of the pregnancy is not always necessary to save the mother’s life after all. However, if it is determined that the ectopic pregnancy does not resolve and