Is Abortion Morally Wrong

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In the world today, morality is not black and white anymore, it has developed into a gray area in which can scarcely be defined. The dictionary definition of morality is stated as "the quality of being in accord with standards of right or good conduct." Be that as it may, everyone has a contrasting opinion or view of right and wrong. This disagreement of opinion on what is moral causes controversy, such as the topic of abortion. Since abortion is simply put as the killing of an unborn child, why are women that kill their children convicted as murders when women who abort their children are not convicted as murderers? In fact, abortion is destroying the life of a child; therefore, it should be expressed as morally wrong, except when circumstances…show more content…
The reasoning of this belief is that the woman is who will have the responsibility of caring for that child and it is her body. The issue, however, with this reasoning is that it does not deal with the morality of the issue or take into consideration whether abortion is right or wrong. In Webster 's dictionary, abortion is defined as the "termination of a pregnancy often accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of an embryo or fetus." It is the killing of an unborn child. Even though morality is hard to describe, the bulk of society complies that murder is wrong; therefore, abortion should be expressed as immoral as well. In Carol Gilligan 's essay, "Concepts of Self and Morality," a college student answers the question of what morality should be by stating, "The basic idea that I cling to is the sanctity of human life" (171). When a woman decides to have an abortion, she overlooks the sanctity of human life and she forgets her morals. Therefore there should not be a question of choice in the matter of…show more content…
Janet Harris wrote in her piece, shared by Washington Post, that when she was faced with the decision to get an abortion “it wasn’t “Should I or shouldn’t I?” but “How quickly can I get this over with?””(Harris). Where have a woman 's values and morals gone if she can knowingly make the decision to kill a child that is a part of her own body? Statements like these are prime examples of why abortion shouldn’t just be an option women can chose whether or not to receive . Janet’s reasoning is that when it was time for her to make this “decision” in her life it “was in the mid-1980s, when abortion was about women having control not just over their bodies but over their destinies” (Harris). Never mind the morality of abortion, even the health risks are unbelievable. When a woman receives an abortion she runs a 65 percent higher risk of clinical depression and 160 percent more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric treatment. Abortions create more complications than going full term with a
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