Abortion Analytical Essay

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Abortions: Morally Acceptable or Not?
The issue of abortion is one of the most sensitive and controversial issues faced by modern societies. This issue leads to topics of whether abortion is right or wrong, if it is the actual killing of a person, and what actually defines the moral status of a fetus. In this paper, I will be arguing against Bonnie Steinbock, who believes that abortions are morally acceptable. So I will be supporting the view that abortions are not morally acceptable.
In Bonnie Steinbock’s essay, “Why Abortions Are Not Wrong,” she argues that abortions are morally acceptable because fetuses are non-sentient beings and therefore lack interests as well as moral status. Her first premise suggests that it is wrong to kill
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Although, Steinbock’s third premise suggests that some abortions are the killing of a non-sentient organism. By this she means, some abortions may be immoral for many reasons such as, trivial reasons, sex selection, fetal reduction, and vengeful abortion. The trivial reasons are of little worth and importance. Steinbock describes the story of a girl not wanting to be pregnant in the summer because she would be unable to wear a bikini. She concludes that this would be a very immoral reason for having an abortion. Sex selection refers to the “destruction of a healthy fetus just because of its sex to be immoral, either because of the sexist attitude or because such abortions reflect insufficient respect for potential human life.” Fetal reduction is the practice of reducing the number of fetuses in a pregnancy with more than one fetus. Steinbock states that this is rather difficult and understands this practice. Vengeful abortions are the seeking to harm someone else beside the fetus. Steinbock describes it as, a woman who might have an abortion to seek revenge on her husband because he was unfaithful to her earlier in their marriage. Steinbock concludes that these reasons are all bizarre and can result in the killing of non-sentient beings.
After reading Bonnie Steinbock’s article, I will be arguing against her conclusion that some abortions

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