The Controversial Issue of Abortion

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Abortion is a very controversial topic. This paper will discuss the opposing sides of the issue as well as my own personal opinion. The basic question is when a developing person actually becomes a person or alive. The following articles: A Defense of Abortion, by Judith Jarvis Thomson and Opposition to Abortion: A Human Rights Approach, by Baruch Brody discuss the opposing sides of the abortion issue. I will be using and summarizing those articles in my evaluation of the topic abortion. In Judith Jarvis Thomson’s article, A Defense of Abortion, she argues that a mother has the rights to “unplug” herself from a fetus even if we assume it is a person. She also believes this to be permissible in cases other than rape. The extreme anti-abortion view that Thomson discusses is the view that abortion is impermissible even in certain cases pertaining to saving the mothers life. The argument present in this case is that performing the abortion is directly killing the child, whereas not doing anything at all is just the same as letting the mother die. The question is which one is right. How can abortion be though of as murder if the mother is doing it to save her own life? How can she just sit there passively and wait for her own death. A woman has the right to defend her life against any threats posed by an unborn child, even if it involves the child’s death. Thomson talks about what the phrase “right to life” actually means. Some believe that it means having the right to the bare minimum one needs to continue life. Some people are stricter in their views of “right to life”. In that particular case, it does not include the right to be given anything, but only the right not to be killed by anybody. Then Thomson goes o... ... middle of paper ... ...he mother has the overpowering right to decide what she prefers to do to her body. Especially in cases of rape, I support the woman’s right to choose if she prefers to have an abortion. I do not agree with how the article makes one feel guilty for thinking rape is a valid reason to abort a fetus. It goes about saying that the fetus is just an innocent result, I disagree. I feel that it will haunt and remind the mother everyday she looks at that baby of what happened to her. The issue of abortion is a very heated topic. No one can say which side is better and there are no right or wrong beliefs. Abortion is a very personal opinion. I feel that your position in the abortion issue is based on your morals and philosophy of life. Personally, I do not think I have bad or wrong morals because I agree with abortion in certain areas and disagree with it in others.

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