The “Frisky” Bachelor, and the Moral Ramifications

A response to Scenario #1

December 9, 2003

Dr. Devine

The “Frisky” Bachelor, and the Moral Ramifications

Abortion is one of the most passionately argued contemporary moral issues at hand. Very accomplished intellectuals have supported conflicting ideas, each with convincing evidence. There are many points of view toward abortion but the only two fine distinctions are "pro-choice" and "pro-life". A pro-choicer would feel that the decision to abort a pregnancy is that of the mothers and the state has no right to interfere. A pro-lifer would hold that from the moment of conception, the embryo or fetus is alive. This life imposes on us a moral obligation to preserve it and that abortion is tantamount to murder.

In a case of a rowdy bachelor impregnating a woman at his bachelor party, only to find out, upon his return, the impregnated woman was using his funding of the abortion as collateral for blackmail to his wife. There are many moral issues at hand. First, and most apparent, is the issue of abortion: what should be the man’s stance on the abortion process and the morals that go along with that? Secondly, there is the issue of virtual adultery which alone would be enough to make a man in dire need of a serious moral awakening. Finally, there is the topic of lying to one’s spouse. Is it ok for him to do so in attempt to preserve the relationship? All three of these moral issues require serious questioning and interpretation in order to shed light on the actions that should be taken in this situation. In thinking about moral issues, the most valuable thinking process takes place when one projects himself to that particular situation: “What should I do if it were me”? If this bachelor was me, I would deny the abortion, and offer full responsibility to the upbringing of the child, and also be the first one to bring the news to my spouse.

The first and most visual moral issue at hand in this example is that of abortion. Is it morally right or wrong to do so proceed with terminating the pregnancy? The question of abortion all revolves around the fundamental question “when does life begin?” those who side with the pro-lifer argument feel strongly that a child’s life begins at conception. Those who side with pro chouse arguments feel passionately that a child’s life only begins once the fetus has developed enough to be separated from the mother. These are the general arguments for each side, but which one is the moral high ground?

Abortion is undoubtedly a destructive act. The process puts the health of the woman in serious jeopardy. It is morally wrong on many levels to desecrate a woman’s body, especially those parts responsible for generating new life. There are only two general instances to which abortion can be seen as an acceptable and ethical answer to the question of an unwanted pregnancy. The first is with rape. Rape victims are obviously not the ones responsible for the conception process, and also should not be obligated to carry and give birth to the child. in the case of rape, the child is a living symbol of the violent crime for the rest of the its life, in many cases it would seem unfair to child to be forced into bearing the burden that comes along with being the product of such a violent, mentally agonizing crime. Chances are that the child will end up with the psychological problems that come along with being the unwanted byproduct of something as evil as rape. The other case where a woman has the moral right to opt for an abortion is if the pregnancy poses serious possibly fatal ramifications to the mother. In this case, the mother along with the family should be allowed to discuss which life is more important to save. If they decide to preserve the mother’s life abortion is a moral answer to do so. These two instances describe the only circumstances to which abortion can be a moral answer to terminating the pregnancy.

In the case of our “frisky” bachelor, abortion is seen by the woman as a substitute to birth control. If the two had thought deeply about the action