An Argument That Abortion Is Wrong

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Philosophy 101
An Argument That Abortion Is Wrong.
The purpose of this essay is to set out an argument that abortion is wrong. Some claim that only in “rare” instances, such as rape or within a few days of contraception, abortion is acceptable. I will agree that there are certain circumstances that abortion is more “acceptable” than other times, albeit however few and far between these instances arise. Instances that make abortion more “okay” are rape, and once it is discovered that the mother's life is in danger if she were to carry the baby the full term of the pregnancy. The basis for my argument comes from reading two opposing essays on abortion , in regards to whether it is “right” or wrong, “A defense of Abortion” by Judith
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The only other possible “acceptable” reason for a pregnant woman to get an abortion is if her life in danger due to complications of carrying the fetus for nine months and then delivering the child. While this argument is generally socially acceptable, I feel as though this is still a judgment call between the woman and her significant other (i.e. boyfriend, fiancee, husband, friend with benefits). Doctors are not always right and miracles that (almost) no one individual can explain, happen. The judgment call here is whether or not it is worth risking the life of a mature woman that is loved, is more valuable than the child growing in her belly.
Marquis brings up the idea of “Future like ours” (FLO). He claims that killing deprives a person of a future that is like ours, and says that abortion is killing a fetus that will have a future like ours. Taking someone’s entire future away from them is the worst of crimes, and he argues that abortion is this kind of deprivation of future. Killing an adult is an awful thing to do because it takes away that adult’s future, a future that is of great value. The same goes for aborted fetuses—they had a future that would be valued but it was taken away from them.
Marquis uses this argument when specifically referring to abortion and the value of it, not specifically, in regards to the one circumstance where the mothers life is in jeopardy. This is not to

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