Abortion Is Morally Permissible?

1675 Words Apr 30th, 2016 7 Pages
Abortion is defined as “The deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy.” (Oxford Dictionary). Nearly three out of ten women in the U.S. have an abortion by the time they are 45-years-old (Planned Parenthood). Abortion is morally permissible because an abortion prevents a woman and the potential child’s suffering. Abortion is moral because it is a fundamental right of competent adults to make their own decisions on the course of their medical treatment, can alleviate further suffering in immoral cases, such as rape and is protected by rule of law.
I believe abortions are morally permissible. It is a procedure that will occur whether legal or not and I have no moral or legal imperative to prevent a woman from receiving safe medical intervention if she makes that decision. There are no comparable medical procedures where people feel they have a right to prevent a competent adult from exercising their options. Individuals that believe that abortion is immoral have no authority to offer opinions on medical treatment for anyone but themselves. If they are offended by abortion they should not have one.
Suffering is defined as the “state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship” (Oxford Dictionaries). From this definition one can determine that abortion is ethical as there is no suffering for the fetus or the mother. While there may be some emotional indecision, the American Psychological Association sees no long…
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