¶ … Abortion / Abortion Debate Abortion is viewed as 'murder' by those who view the fetus as an individual. Early American law reflected this belief by declaring abortion as a lesser crime than homicide until 'the quickening' of the fetus and as a felony thereafter. These are strong opinions that have, in the past, been validated by the laws of the land. The early courts entertained the distinction between the death of the fetus while in the womb as opposed to those in which the baby was expelled before dying - another reflection of the belief that the child is an individual with rights under the law.
In the United States, an individual's rights are guaranteed by law and the National Constitution. Laws encompass all aspects of the cultural definition and are likely to change over time as the social, political and religious foundations of the culture change. Abortion is a religious issue as well as a medical, social and legal issue. The debate over abortion is centered, naturally, on the moral issues of taking a human life and the consequences of such acts for the individual and social well being of society.
Autonomy and the rights of the individual play a large role in the argument for pro-choice. It is argued that having an abortion is a personal and moral decision, not to be delegated to the state or to be mandated by law. For the most part, Americans seem to feel that the issue of abortion is one where both the personhood of the ...
Both sides of the argument also call on the humanist principle of life as an intrinsic, innate value or that human life is sacred in and of itself. From this perspective abortion is wrong not because it violates the rights or interests of the fetus; it is wrong because it offends or demeans the sacred value of life. Those unable to make choices for themselves are thought of as 'vulnerable' and include the unborn fetus, victims of war and the elderly (Horn, 2001).
Richard McCormick, in his essay, Abortion: A Middle Ground, he presents the argument that…
Abortion is viewed as 'murder' by those who view the fetus as an individual. Early American law reflected this belief by declaring abortion as a lesser crime than homicide until 'the quickening' of the fetus and as a felony thereafter. These are strong opinions that have, in the past, been validated by the laws of the land. The early courts entertained the distinction between the death of the fetus while in the womb as opposed to those in which the baby was expelled before dying - another reflection of the belief that the child is an individual with rights under the law.
Abortion Debate Pros and Cons of Abortion and the Feminist Perspective The Pro-Life (Judeo/Christian) Perspective: God is the author of life and controls how that life will be dispensed. This is true of both birth and death. It is not the responsibility of the individual to either begin their life or to end it because the life is not theirs it is God's. When God chooses to bless a human being with
Abortion and Religion Church and abortion debate Abortion has been a major issue of discussion with different group finding themselves caught up in a sensitive argument that they have to take a position. Religious groups have been vocal on condemning abortion, however there are other groups which hold that it should not just be viewed in that manner without looking the circumstances that makes one to abort and they see nothing wrong
" Not so, states Sykes, a pro-choice supporter. How can one force, for example, a girl in early teens who has been raped to deliver and have to consider the major decisions of motherhood? Similarly, adds Deam (1997) who had to make a personal decision about her own on this issue, abortion should be an option when it is known that a child has a fatal or chronically debilitating birth defect.
Even the laws on statute books charge the parents with crimes punishments varying from a few years to death (Need for repealing Hudood Ord stressed, 2003). In such societies abortion is the only solution of protecting the woman and 'the family name'. Unfortunately, abortion is also illegal in most of these societies. The result is that people have to find sympathetic (and money demanding) private clinics, resort to unsanitary back
Abortion Debate In 1973, through the landmark case of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court made first trimester abortions legal in the United States. The decision struck down a host of state anti-abortion statutes and was hailed as a landmark of women's reproductive rights. It also gave birth to a vocal umbrella movement of anti-abortion groups which continue to challenge Roe vs. Wade both on moral and legal grounds. Almost three
Social Work: The Abortion Debate The controversy surrounding the issue of abortion rights has been in existence since the early decades of the 19th century. Like is the case in many other countries, the pro-life and pro-choice movements are the two opposing sides in the abortion debate in the UK. Members of the pro-life movement hold the view that abortion is not justifiable under any circumstances, particularly because it amounts to