The Ethical Issue Of Abortion

1857 Words Aug 16th, 2015 8 Pages
The meaning of the word ethical is related to moral principles or the branch of knowledge dealing with these. And an ethical issue is “a problem or situation that requires a person or organization to choose between alternatives that must be evaluated as right (ethical) or wrong (unethical).” And abortion is an ethical issue. Last year in New Zealand 14,073 abortions were performed. 14 thousand potential lives were killed before they were even given a chance to live. “Abortion means ending a pregnancy before the fetus (unborn child) can live independently outside the mother.” This is an ethical issue because it goes against many things that people’s values originate from for example, the bible, a person’s morals and the human rights act, a religious sacrament etc. and therefore people tend to get quite offended when something they so strongly believe in is being abused, for example the bible, where their religious belief is that every human being is made from God’s image and likeness. There are a lot of different responses to abortion and ones I will be discussing is the bible and Catholic/Christian church, Pope Francis’ view, New Zealand law and organizations helping out.
Abortion in today’s society is known to be a contemporary ethical issue in New Zealand because abortion is still legal before you hit 12 weeks of pregnancy. It has been discussed that killing a fetus is depriving the unborn child of a future. The issue is also looking at the mother and her rights to abort…
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