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Abortion

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Abortion - Philosophy

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An abortion is the premature termination of pregnancy ending in the death of the embryo or foetus. However abortion can also be defined as the death of the embryo or foetus without human interference. This essay will be discussing induced abortion and the effects they have on both mother and unborn child. The ethics and morality of induced abortion has become the subject of an intense debate in the past fifty rears. No matter how you look at it, abortion is simply he murder of a living human being and therefore should not be tolerated.

When is life, life? This is a very relevant question and one which should be answered as scientifically accurately as possible. According to the Oxford Australian Studentís Dictionary the tern life is defended as a period during which something exists or continues to function. According to the same source human is defined as having the qualities that distinguish mankind, not divine, or animal, or mechanical. One scientific argument is that by three weeks the unbornís heart starts pumping itís own circulatory system and by sic weeks brain activity can be recorded. If doctors measure death by brain death then life should at least be measured by brain life. Going back to the Oxford Australian Studentís Dictionary it says that life is a period during which something exists or continues to function. Since the embryoís heart functions at three weeks then thatís when life should become life. The Catholic church would take this even further and say that life starts at the point of conception. This is quoted from Whatís wrong with Abortion? By a new Zealand Bishop in 1989, ďBecause of their creation in the image of God every human being is special, unique, and has his or her origin, nature and destiny to fulfil. Rich or poor, strong or weak, young or old, born or unborn, every life is sacred.Ē Despite all this there is a very successful argument for abortion. This involves the rights of women. They claim to have the right to keep the government out of such personal issues. If the woman chooses not to have the baby, then thatís her choice. But many do believe, especially Catholics, that aborting the pregnancy is simply killing and innocent life.

Everyone knows that killing another human is wrong. No just because the law forbids it, but because it goes against all our moral ...

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