Essay about The Moral Status of the Fetus

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1 Philosophy 200 November 16, 2013 The Moral Status of the Fetus The debate over abortion comes down to one essential issue — the moral status of the unborn child. “Those choosing legalization of abortion will argue that the developing fetus lacks a moral status that would trump a woman’s desire to abort the child. Those against abortion argue by making the opposite claim; that the unborn child, because it is a developing human being, possesses a moral status because of its human existence; and that would clearly trump any rationale offered for its willful destruction.” (1)My moral belief would be that Life begins at Conception, therefore a fetus has just as much of a moral status as a newborn…show more content…
One that is more than “just a group of cells” “They believe their child's life may have meaning or purpose they do not yet understand. They believe they were given this child for a reason.” (3) Another reason women may look to abortion as a solution is if the fetus faces abnormalities or life threatening situations. At around 15 – 20 weeks gestation, women are given the option to undergo an amniocentesis. For some women, this is an option, for others, this is a must due to previous pregnancies with abnormalities.“This is a test done during pregnancy to get information about the fetus by sampling the amniotic fluid, which contains cells and chemicals which are fetal in origin.”(4) This test is looking for chromosomal genetic problems such as Down's Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Cystic Fibrosis, Fragile X, and Sickle Cell Anemia. After these tests are done, results take anywhere from 10- 14 days. Fetal age is about 22 weeks when the mother is deciding the future of her unborn child. By this time, the baby's heart is beating, major organs are formed and maturing, facial features are becoming distinctive, and the mother can now feel the baby's movements. Clearly the fetus has a moral status, and yet some women still choose to abort the fetus. Why? Because they do not want to “Sentence a child to life with an acute handicap?” Or they do not want to sentence themselves? Speaking from personal experience, my

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