Ethics And The Consequences Of Sexual Activity

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Ethics and the Consequences of Sexual Activity The ethical argument of abortion and whether or not it is considered immoral has been the focus of both the law and political controversy. Whether abortion should be considered unethical has ignited contention from multiple viewpoints. Does a pregnant woman have an ethical obligation to the fetus at all times throughout the pregnancy? In addition, does the woman have an ethical duty to promote the well-being of the fetus? Varying perspectives argue that it is a woman’s legal or moral right to terminate her unwanted pregnancy, or that “abortion is immoral but it ought to remain legal”. Others argue that not permitting a woman a choice over being pregnant is incompatible with justice in a free…show more content…
Adults should take responsibility for their actions, and this applies to cases of pregnancy and abortion. Potentiality vs. Actuality: A Being with Rights: Is the fetus a potential or actual human being? The fetus is a human person, and a human person has rights. To terminate a human pregnancy is to deliberately take the life of the human person or fetus. Taking the life of an innocent human person is wrong. Therefore the taking of a life of the fetus is morally wrong. If the fetus has not had the opportunity to be born, he or she is innocent. He or she has not committed any crimes or has broken any laws. Since the reason that is sufficient to explain why it is wrong to kill human beings after the time of birth is also a reason that applies to fetuses, it follows that abortion is seriously morally wrong (McInerney 265). Though having the option to abort the fetus may be justified as a woman’s right, we have to ask ourselves who’s right is it really? Is it the woman’s right, or is it the child’s right? The right to life for another person should always outweigh the right of an individual to control their own body. Some think that fertilization marks the emergence of a human life or a “human being” with rights. Others do not agree that fertilization or even later stages of biological development create a human entity with rights (Virginia Law Review, Vol. 76, No. 3, pp. 444). A woman has the right to choose whether or not she will become pregnant, and
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