Abortion : Pro Choice And Abortion

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In the United States, about 1.2 million abortions are conducted each year for many different reasons (no). These reasons for abortion cases include rape or incest, inconvenience, health problems to either the infant or the mother, and being finically unstable. But, do these reasons justify the right or wrongness of abortions? The utilitarianism theory states that under certain circumstances that it is morally justified to have an abortion; the circumstances have to produce the overall greatest happiness for the most amount of people. However it is not always easy to predict the overall happiness of everyone about such a controversial and heart felt topic, such as abortion. There may never be an ethically right answer to help assist the decision on what to do about abortion. But, with the research I have done I think the most conclusive view is utilitarianism. Utilitarianism seems to be pro-choice, but only in certain circumstances; by this having an abortion for social reasons makes abortion unethical. This is only my opinion and many others have different opinions to which keeps abortion a controversial topic. Abortion has been a controversial topic for a handful of years. But, what really is abortion? It is defined as “the deliberate termination of a pregnancy by surgical or medical (with drugs) means” (book 163). Since 1973, the United States ruled that it is legal and unrestricted to have an abortion in the first three months of pregnancy; but, after that the state can put restrictions on abortions through the rest of the pregnancy. Unless, the mother’s or fetus’s life is at risk then the pregnancy can be terminated at anytime (book). These laws are just as controversial as the discussion of abortion in general. Pro-life ad... ... middle of paper ... ...rment or potential health problems. This approach is known as the Utilitarian approach and believes that the solution to a problem is the one that amounts to the greatest happiness for everyone. It is a unique approach because it thinks of everyone included and not just one person. I believe that Utilitarianism is the correct approach when considering abortions because it don’t justify abortion for social reasons. It also doesn’t just ban abortion off the back no matter the situation. I believe that abortions are permissible depending on the circumstance of the mother and if there will be more benefit for the abortions then to have the baby. There are many other views on approach, making the debate on abortion go on forever. There is no right or wrong answer to abortion it just comes down to “ a moral position on abortion must be individually constructed” (Chaloner).

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