Abortion (Marry Anne Warren “on the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion, ” and “Utilitarianism.”)

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Abortion is the process by which an embryo or fetus is removed from the uterus, resulting in the termination of a pregnancy. Natural or non induced abortions are commonly known as miscarriages. Abortion has had a long and passionate history. It has been induced through various methods ranging from, herbal medicines, and the use of sharpened tools, physical trauma, and other traditional methods. The different legal and cultural views on abortion differ around the world, and in many regions of the world public debate over the ethics and legal ramifications of abortion are intense. The topic of abortion has brought about a series of debates, controversy, and activism. People often choose a position when it comes to abortion based off of …show more content…
In Mill’s “Utilitarianism,” he argues that the principle of utility is the foundation of all morality. In other words, the greatest happiness principle says to choose the decision or action that in return creates the greatest amount of happiness for all that that are involved. He says that every other principle we follow are principles that we take into our lives based on the fact that they will hopefully help us to better or quantify our happiness. Abortion satisfies John Stuart Mill’s description of Utilitarianism. Women get abortions for a variety of different reasons. Different reasons for getting an abortion range from health concerns and rape, to simply not being ready to take on the responsibility of having, providing, and taking care of another life. Whatever the reason may be, abortion is not wrong. According to Utilitarianism, one should do what will make them and everyone around them the happiest. Now, one could argue that having an abortion may make the other people around the women unhappy. The simple reply to this is that a women’s decision to have an abortion has nothing to do with other people. Other people will not be going through the pregnancy and will not have to take care of another human life. Just because one doesn’t agree with a women’s decision to have an abortion does not mean that the decision to have an abortion will make other peoples lives unhappy.

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