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The hotly contested debate, pro-life or pro-choice and where do we stand. Taking a look back on American history it’s hard to find a moral issue that has garnered more attention. Of course the Civil Rights Movement, equality for all including homosexuals, women’s rights and the like have all caught the attention of the American public, but as a society and a nation which likes to see itself as progressive, the whole abortion debate is one with seemingly no end. Whether it be an individual rooted in his-her faith, one who believes that a fetus is a human, that conception constitutes life; or it’s the individual who believes that a woman should have the right to choose, the one who saw Roe v Wade has a landmark decision limiting the governments ability to influence a woman’s decision, the debate will continue to be hotly contested as a moral dilemma for which there is no universal answer.
There are two great short articles that try to make sense of the whole abortion debate, shedding light on both sides of the issue. Judith Jarvis Thomson’s “A Defense of Abortion” (1971) is surely the most compelling philosophical article published on abortion. The structure Thompson puts in place has largely shaped the discussion since, by offering the observation that a child’s position as a person is irrelevant to the question of whether a woman has the right to seek an abortion. The opposing argument, “Why Abortion is Immoral,” by Don Marquis, supports the belief that killing a fetus is no different than killing a human, that the act itself is ethically and morally wrong In taking a neutral approach without interjecting my opinion, I’ll summarize both articles and attempt to portray each author’s raw emotional beliefs toward the issue.

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... immoral as well. Contraception does prevent future life, thus preventing future life. Yet Marquis responds by stating that there is nothing wrong with contraception because “no determinate being is deprived of future value.”
Two vastly different articles with two vastly different views on abortion, I tried to give light into the thinking of both sides. Is one way of thinking correct, the other wrong? That would be up to the individual and their beliefs. One thing is for sure; this is and will continue to be a hotly debated moral dilemma. Roe v Wade was an instrumental and landmark decision, giving women the right to choose. In the many years since that decision, public perception regarding abortion varies, as it will forever be a debate in which there really is no right or wrong.
Boss, Judith A. Analyzing Moral Issues. 5th ed. N.p.: n.p., 2013. Print.
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