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Im_Intelligent
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Is abortion morally/ethically just?

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Started: 7/16/2018 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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Con

Abortion - the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy

Morally - with reference to the principles of right and wrong behavior

Ethically - in a way that relates to moral principles

Just - based on or behaving according to what is morally right and fair

Abortion is the killing of a human being, and should be treated as such. For the beginning of this debate, I would like you to answer the following questions:

When does life begin? By human stages of development?

What constitutes a human life/sentience?

What point in pregnancy is abortion okay?

I'll begin with my answers:

Life begins at the conception of human DNA.

A human life consists of human DNA.

Absolutely no point in pregnancy should the killing of an innocent unborn child should be okay.

Despite the controversy on the topic, I hope a civil and just debate can be had :)


Im_Intelligent

Pro

from a moral standpoint the amount of consideration and care we should provide for something it dictated on said things ability to suffer, this is why we have more moral responsibility for dogs and cats rather then snakes and fish.

A human fetus doesn't even have a spark of brain activity until at least five weeks into a pregnancy, and even after that a human infant isn't even self aware of its own existence until at least six months outside of the womb, there is a reason why little to no body can remember anything past a certain age of youth.

You claim that life begins at the conception of DNA, which I assume means your talking about when the chromosomes from the father and mother split and combine after fertilization, I find this to be completely absurd, sure the cells are living, but they are not self aware of there own existence, let alone capable of even the simplest thought or pain, which makes them no more morally superior then a slime mold.

Since human fetuses in the womb are not even neurologically active until a certain point, and not even self aware till long after they are born, it means a human fetus has a very nonexistent ability to suffer.

Ethically we know that poverty increases when people who cant afford a kid are forced to have said kid anyway, this creates unnecessarily suffering from which there was no suffering which by definition is immoral.

So abortion is both morally and ethically just.


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Posted by missmedic 3 years ago
missmedic
This is a question only the pregnant woman needs to answer. Although men may have a say in the abortion issue they do not deserve an equal say, as men risk nothing.
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