And if a heartbeat defines life, then abortion should definitely be outlawed. Moreover, have we ever thought about what pain the fetus feels? Isn’t it unfair to a little fetus to experience pain because of irresponsible parents? And the mother’s health risks isn’t a debate we should dig in, it is the mother’s responsibility and choice
The prevention of transmitting STDs has proven to be a controversial subject in the United States. The argument comes not from the objective of eliminating STDs, which everyone shares, but the differing strategies for arriving at that goal. The theory is that even mentioning condoms, much less admitting that they dramatically reduce the possibility of HIV infection, sends a “mixed message” about the worth and value of total abstinence up until marriage. Groups such as the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA) state that avoiding sexual activity before marriage is the only surefire or secure method of protecting oneself from STDs. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the average age for Americans to lose their virginities is around 17 for both men and women.
As long as same sex marriage is not directly affecting society marriage should be allowed. In the counter argument written by Grigg’s he tries to list different ways that same sex marriage effects society but none of his arguments listed are points that can’t be easily argued, which is what made Michaelson’s argument stronger than Griggs. Michaelson also speaks from first person experience which further strengthens his use of ethos. By using personal pronouns such as I, and my Michaelson is informing the reader that he himself has personally experienced the struggles of same sex marriage. Receiving a first-hand source makes an argument more credible as well.
The Cider House Rules movie seems to challenge the principles of the church and their beliefs through the personality of Dr. Wilbur Larch who defenses the right of women to make their own decision with respect to pregnancy and helps them to get through the abortion, thus performing the role of God (Holden). The doctor does not believe that this act is an indication of the negative human nature from the position of experience. Another view is reflected in the movie by Homer who views everything from the position of a child and believes that the abortion tends to be a wrong action and should not be justified. Thus, the film directors might appeal to the idea that the Christianity’s view of human nature appears to be immature enough, and one needs to reconsider the principles underlying the identification of the positive and negative aspects of human nature. As a result, for people it is sometimes useful to play God and to determine how the life would go further.
Maimonides, a Jewish philosopher, began to insist that circumcision should be only for the purpose of faith, for it is a difficult thing for someone to do to themselves and should only be done to “quell the impulses of matter” and to “perfect what is defective morally” (Maimonides). At this time, it had become apparent to most scholars that the foreskin of the penis allowed for greater sexual pleasure than would be possible otherwise. Maimonides believed that the bleeding and loss of covering weakened the penis, reducing a man’s lustful thoughts, leading to less pleasurable sex. In the 13th century, Isaac Ben Yediah, a disciple of Maimonides, proposed the idea that circumcision was the only way to reduce a woman’s sexual desires. He postulated that with non-circumcised men, she would always orgasm first, so her sexual appetite would grow, whereas with a circumcised man she would never orgasm, making her believe that sex is not very pleasurable an act (Davis).
Problem: Nowadays, one problem that science has solved is the way to minimize the chances of disability and keep multiple birth to an ideal number during the period when the babies were still embryos. To solve this problem, one process has been developed and commonly used all around the world: Selective abortion. Solution: Selective abortion became a process to help the families who had in-vitro fertilization to have the children with the best characteristics as possible and the number of children they want. It allows these families to select dominant genes, get rid of possible disability in earlier times of pregnancy and (in some cases), choose the gender of the baby as they want at the same time. In-vitro fertilization is a process of putting
Some cons might be that the stem cells primarily come from terminated pregnancy. Most people who believe that life begins at conception are strictly against this kind of research. “The supporters of embryo-destructive research want to cross a great moral divide. They are seeking not only to destroy human life made in God's image but also to manufacture life made in man's image.” (Chuck
A congenital anomaly is defined as an abnormality of structure, function or body metabolism that is present at birth and results in physical or mental disability, or is fatal. Differed group of congenital anomalies discovered at different time of pregnancy but most of them are early discovered if the mother is monitoring her pregnancy very early. The choice to terminate the congenital anomalies is another issue because it raises a heated debate regarding a malformed fetus still exists or not and whether it is considered as human being has the right to live or it is merciful for him to end its life. A review of 20 studies found overall termination rates following antenatal diagnosis of congenital malformation, are as follows: Down’s syndrome (92%), Spina bifida (64%), Anencephaly (84%), Turner syndrome (72%), and Klinefelter syndrome (58%). (11) This topic need another paper to discuss about.
Another common philosophy is that pregnancy is a consequence of not using contraception during sex. People claim that suffering through a pregnancy, giving birth, and raising the unwanted child is the responsible thing to do if one gets pregnant. However, some would find that the more responsible solution is getting an abortion. Not everyone has access to contraception, or has been educated on how to use it. More work should be done to educate people on and create more access to contraception rather than punishing those who were not taught.
For example, if there is a complication in pregnancy and the mother can suffer because of the child, I think it is ok to do abortion. It is important to understand the various ideas that go behind abortion. The right of an abortion for a mother should be left on her own decision as the mother knows best about her condition. She is going to be the 'host body ' for the baby, even though her own, for nine months and according to Thompson, the mother should have the right to decide if she wants to foster and go through with the ordeal. But still, there are also a strong debate going on about the human rights of the child: The right to
Embryonic stem cells are the cells which potentially provide life to a blastocyst and lead to the creation of a fetus, or baby. Recently there have been many experiments conducted to extract embryonic stem cells from the blastocyst. With this new research, has also come a huge controversy. Although embryonic stem cell research is practiced with good intents and is designed to find cures for people already suffering or living a limited lifestyle due to health disabilities, what is not always mentioned is that another human’s life is being destroyed in the process. These innocent babies, whether it be considered legal or not, are being plucked from their mother’s womb to be used for nothing more than a science experiment.
The embryonic stem cells pose many ethical issues. In order to produce embryonic stem cells, scientists need to disassemble the embryo. Since embryos have a potential to develop into a human baby and its status should be considered as a life, many religious groups contradict against the embryonic stem cell research. The reason why religious groups contradict against the abortion is similar, as it is “murdering” a life. Also, some countries in the world are currently banning the embryonic stem cell research due to ethical reasons.