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mikeadam1234 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted October 22, 2010 at 4:59 AM via web

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What are the moral dilemmas involving abortion?

What are the moral dilemmas involving abortion?

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william1941 | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted October 22, 2010 at 5:03 AM (Answer #2)

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There are many arguments for and against abortion. A few issues that pose a dilemma include the right of woman on her own body versus the assumed rights of an unborn human.

This is a very relevant argument in the case of a woman who has been raped and finds out that she is pregnant; now does the woman have a right to choose whether she would like to have the baby or can she terminate pregnancy. To counter this argument we have to first decide whether the fetus has any rights and if it does, is it being denied its rights when the pregnant woman decides to abort.

Another is the case of pregnancy leading to complications and a possible risk to the woman’s life. Should the woman not be given a fair opportunity to save her own life rather than that of an unborn human.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 22, 2010 at 5:20 AM (Answer #3)

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To me, there is only one moral dilemma -- is a fetus a living human being or not.  Once this question is answered, the other dilemmas regarding abortion fall away.  (Of course, this is a heck of a question to try to answer.)

If a fetus is truly a living human being, then all abortion is surely murder, no matter the circumstances.  For example, let's look at the issue of a mother's health.  Would we kill a person because their existence endangered the health of another?  Or the issue of pregnancies that arise through rape.  Would we kill a person because of the circumstances of their conception or because of the emotional pain they cause another?

But if a fetus is not yet a living human being, abortion becomes solely a matter of what is convenient for the pregnant woman (and, perhaps) for the father of the fetus.

Morally speaking, then, the issue (to me) is simply whether you believe that the fetus is a human life.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted October 22, 2010 at 8:30 AM (Answer #4)

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Abortion is and always will be a moral dilemma. There are three major issues that revolve around abortion. These issues center around when life actually begins, the rights of women, and the interference of the government when concerning individual rights.

  1. Many people argue about when a fetus actually becomes considered a human life. Some people believe that life begins at conception, while others believe life does not occur until birth.
  2. Another thing to think about here is the rights of women. Does a woman have the right to have an abortion or not? Some people believe that women have the right do what they choose with their bodies. On the flip side, some people think that a woman does not have the right to end the life of her unborn child.
  3. The third issue to consider is whether or not the government has the right to illegalize or legalize abortion. Abortion has been legal in the United States since 1973. In 1973 the infamous Roe vs. Wade decision was made and made abortion legal in the first trimester of preganancy legal and a choice that a woman could make on her own.
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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 23, 2010 at 10:28 PM (Answer #5)

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While many people direct the moral issues surrounding abortion towards whether or not a fetus is life, or whether or not abortion is murder. I also think there are very important moral dilemmas that come into play when the 80+ years of a baby's life are also taken into consideration.  That is, many people who have abortions are either poor, or in relationship situations where taking care of a child is at best difficult, or at worst, abusive, neglectful or dangerous.  Is it morally correct to bring a child to term knowing the kinds of family and economic situations it will come in to?  Is adoption completely free of psychological scars and costs for both mother and child?  I am simply saying there are other things to consider philosophically when speaking of moral dilemmas in this regard.

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pootle | Student , Undergraduate | Honors

Posted October 25, 2010 at 3:07 PM (Answer #6)

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A major moral dilemma is the claim that as soon as a sperm cell bonds with an egg cell this instantly is a human because it aquires a 'soul' and is a unique human being. This is not a scientific claim, it is a religious claim.

And it is a false claim.

The bonding of a sperm cell and an egg is the start of potential pregnacy. BUT... 50% of fertilised eggs are rejected by the wombs as 'unsuitable' within the first week. So 'God's Natural Beautiful Child' is flushed down the loo 50% of the time without the mother even being aware that she was 'pregnant'.

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted October 25, 2010 at 3:10 PM (Answer #7)

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A major moral dilemma is the claim that as soon as a sperm cell bonds with an egg cell this instantly is a human because it aquires a 'soul' and is a unique human being. This is not a scientific claim, it is a religious claim.

And it is a false claim.

The bonding of a sperm cell and an egg is the start of potential pregnacy. BUT... 50% of fertilised eggs are rejected by the wombs as 'unsuitable' within the first week. So 'God's Natural Beautiful Child' is flushed down the loo 50% of the time without the mother even being aware that she was 'pregnant'.

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted October 25, 2010 at 3:11 PM (Answer #8)

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Also, sometimes, during cell division in the early stages of pregnancy, the zygote will be busy splitting for 1 cell to 2 cells, from 2 to 4, from 4 to 8, etc... and the splitting process will be a little too energetic and the little ball of cells which is 'a single human child' will split into two seperate balls of cells, which eventually leads to TWO separate human children, in other words... identical twins. Now, if this thing called the human soul enters the body at the point of conception, do identical twins have half a soul each? Or does one have a soul and the other not?

The main moral dilemma with abortion is religion's insistence that their 2000 year old guidebook (which was written without the slightest knowledge about human gestation) should be allowed to force a living adult human female to take on the massive responsibility of parenthood simply because they are carrying a microscopic fertilised cell which is no more 'living' or 'independant' than skin cells or blood cells.  

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted October 25, 2010 at 3:18 PM (Answer #9)

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(sorry Pootle, I meant to 'quote' your post and 'sent' it by mistake. My bad)

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