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  1. Introduction.
  2. What is abortion?
  3. Positive and negative aspects of abortion.
  4. Morality and ethics of abortion.
  5. Abortion and philosophy: So is abortion moral or immoral?
  6. Summary.

Abortion is an issue that has probably become one of the most controversial issues that are debated in the United States and in other countries today. Different schools of thoughts have different ideas and opinions regarding abortion, some ideas are pro-abortion and some argue for the abolishment of it. Abortion is one of the most complex problems that are dividing America with either side being so much passionate about their stand and triggers hatred of the other side. The problem of abortion is so controversial that not many people would maintain a neutral stand about it. The abortion problem is also very complicated and brings a lot of arguments that nobody knows what the right answer should be since the issue of abortion both have its pros and cons.

In order to fully understand the complexity of the abortion issue, this paper aims to first define what abortion is and then to enumerate the arguments of both the pros and cons sides of the issue. This paper will also aim to enumerate all the ethical and legal issues that are being associated with the abortion problem.

[...] Roe claimed that by denying her request to have an abortion performed by a licensed physician, the state of Texas is abridging her right of personal privacy which should be protected by the five amendments of the constitution namely; First, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth and Fourteenth Amendment and that because of this, she would sue in behalf of all other women (Baird, Robert M. and Stuart E. Rosenbuam 1989). One of the justices presiding over the case, Justice Blackmum, concluded that the decision to undergo an abortion procedure is indeed protected by the right of personal privacy in the due process clause which is included in the Fourteenth Amendment. [...]


[...] Several questions must first be discussed and answered in order to determine the morality and the ethics that is involved in the abortion decision. One legal issue of abortion involves the debate to determine whether the fetus should already be considered as a complete person or not. Pro-life supporters believe that the fetus upon conception should already be considered as a complete person and therefore should be given full rights and protection and therefore the process of abortion is like and act of murdering the person inside the womb. [...]


[...] In other words, I believe that Thomson is morally justifying abortion only within the first trimester of the pregnancy period. Michael Tooley is a philosopher who believed that a fetus and a newborn baby both have no right to life since they do not have a mind of their own and is not self-conscious to the world around them and that both the fetus and the newborn baby does not any particular interest in a continuing self. Since both have no right to life then Tooley believes that abortion and even infanticide is within the moral limits (Tooley, M. [...]

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