Abortion is Not Moral Essay

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Abortion; as defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary is, “the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus. This is the definition of abortion of which I will be reviewing its ethical status. After Roe vs Wade, the supreme court simultaneously decided that women have the right of privacy under the 14th amendment; making it acceptable to abort a pregnancy within the first trimester (Vaughn 119). The main argument on abortion is really a debate on human life, and whether it has value from the moment of conception. Each and every human life is composed of intrinsic value, and has the right to live. Killing an innocent human being is wrong, and fetuses are innocent …show more content…
To act only according to the maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law, and 2. Act so that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or another, always as an end and never a means”(Vaughn 68,69). Now that the deontological approach is better understood, we can now apply it to the issue of abortion. The deontological stance assumes two things. Firstly, moral actions are objectively binding and are assumed as universal law, and secondly, that humans are of intrinsic value. Given the truth of deontological ethics, it is reasonable to assume that a definitive conclusion can be made on whether abortion is a morally right or a morally wrong action. The position I will be holding to is that abortion; as defined, is morally wrong. All humans have intrinsic value, seems as self-evident as any statement can possibly be;and as previously stated I will be assuming the truth of this statement, but then the question emerges. Are fetuses human? At first it seems self-evident; that the fetus in question is obviously a human fetus and not a bovine fetus, or a feline fetus. Some argue that further qualifying properties must be added to the concept of being human to discount a fetus being human;such as the argument of personhood. The argument is as follows; that a “fetus” is not a person unless it contains one of the following qualities: “1) consciousness and the capacity to feel pain, 2) reasoning, 3) self-motivated activity, 4)
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