The use of “direst cruelty” in Lady Macbeth’s “unsex” statement accentuates that this is a necessary act. The use of “direst” displays the urgency and importance she puts to the acquisition of cruelty. Lady Macbeth’s saying of, “Come, thick night, and pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell,” expresses her concerns of her murderous plans through word choice. The use of “thick night” and “dunnest smoke” convey that Lady Macbeth wants her upcoming sins to be shrouded by darkness. She does not want the heavens to know of her actions as she acknowledges that they are sins.
Deontological Ethical Theory states that a person has duties to god, oneself, and duties to others. We all know that we have this duty, and we know this intuitively without deriving it from any more basic moral principles. A duty theorist would also agree that abortion is morally wrong. They believe that it is our duty to others and ourselves to care for other human beings. Abortion is taking away a human life and would be wrong.
What about abortion gets people so mad and tense? Abortion has two major points of view on the topic, pro-choice and pro-life. Someone on the side of pro-choice would argue that it is the choice of the mother and no one not even the government should have control over that. A pro-life supporter would argue that from the moment of conception the fetus is alive and therefore the abortion is considered murder. It is very important to look at the topic from both sides to fully understand why the topic has been stressed over for so long.
That is to say, at what point does a person develop a consciousness that defines them as human? Another aspect to the dilemma is whether or not carrying out a pregnancy will cause undue harm to the individual or caretaker. According to the Bible, God has called upon everyone before birth (Isaiah 49:1), and God has a purpose for everybody (Jeremiah 29:11). With this consideration, the argument for abortion becomes apparently unethical, and undeniably blasphemous.
Is there ever a case where abortion should be considered morally justifiable? This is the question that I will be examining in this essay. I will begin this essay by considering why abortion is justified using the argument by Marie-Anne Warren (1989). I will then cover why abortion is considered an immoral act as objection to my points, specifically I will be looking at the argument of Don Marquis (1989) who believes abortion falls into the same area as murdering somebody in context of morals. In this essay I will be arguing that abortion is morally justifiable under specific sets of circumstances, one circumstance would be abortion is justified if the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape on the mother.
One of the most integral parts of Shaw’s argument in regards to sexism is that it is a learned and unnatural behavior, a system that is imposed rather than organically created. Shaw argues that it is the institutions of the government and Catholic Church that foster sexism. As such, the common people- particularly the country folk who have had limited exposure to these groups- are not portrayed as sexist while the clergy and government officials are. This disparity is eloquently displayed in the following excerpt. "I will go out now to the common people, and let the love in their eyes comfort me for the hate in yours.
Among the multiplicity of doctrines in the Catholic Church, one that is often debated is her teaching concerning the death penalty/capital punishment. Catholics are very much divided on this issue. Some are strong supporters of capital punishment, considering it just and right in society. Others abhor the idea of killing any human being, and advocate for the abolition of a practice they call immoral and unnecessary. Why is the death penalty such a controversial topic in Catholic circles?
The killing of an innocent human being is wrong, even if that human being is yet to be born. The Federal Unborn Victims of Violence Act which was enacted to “protect unborn children from assault and murder” states that under federal law, anybody intentionally killing or attempting to kill an unborn child should be punished”..for intentionally killing or attempting to kill a human being. Abortion is the killing of a human being, which defines of God. The Bible does not draw a distinction between fetuses and babies... By the time it’s conceived he or she is recognized by God as demonstrated in Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb i sanctified thee..”
In Christianity, abortion is considered as a bad omen, an evil practice and non-acceptable by God. Catholic Christians shares the same belief, teaching abortion as in immoral sin whoever is caught with the wrong doing is subject to excommunication from the church. Christians uses the argument from O’Rourke and Boyle (2011), that “You shall not kill by abortion the fruit of the womb.” They also value and teaches that life is a sacred gift from God for men and women our created in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:27). Other well-known faith such as Jehovah witness, Protestants and Hinduism also shares the common stand in condemning abortion.
Abortion is full of excuses, going against God’s will, and murder. America should reconsider the laws and regulations of the countries soon to be mothers. Because abortion is a deliberate termination of a human life, women should not legally have the option to choose one. Making excuses for reasons a mother can kill her baby is wrong. For example, a mother having a baby she doesn’t want is no excuse to end a life.
I will argue that abortion is wrong and shouldn’t be allowed. I am then considered pro-life. To help support me I could use information from the Roe Vs. Wade Abortion court case in 1973. Abortion is an issue because you are taking an innocent fetuses life.
Practicing abortions are very controversial topic. According to the article “America Deserves Better”, it states abortion held center stage in a major national debate throughout the 21 century (Goldkamp 42). Some religions consider it a horrendous act. It is unacceptable in religions, no matter the reason. Society can label women who seek abortions as “sinful, selfish, dirty, irresponsible, heartless, or murderous” according to “The Bad Mother: Stigma, Abortion and Surrogacy” (Abrams 181).
Today I learned a lot from the presentations in class from some philosophers theories and my classmate's opinions on these theories. Utilitarianism was one of my favorites and this theory seemed to care for people the most and how they are affected by a situation. I favored this idea because it is very close to my very own personality because before I take a serious action I put a lot of thought into consideration before proposing a decision. I am very considerate of others feeling and I think about how will my actions make this person feel or will it affect others so I guess that is why I took the concept of utilitarianism very personal and found this very interesting.