The Morality of Abortion

On the question of abortion being moral, the answer is clearly that
terminating a fetus\' life under certain circumstances is not only moral, but it
is also our responsibility to terminate it if the quality of life is in
question for the fetus. A second major reason is that to declare abortion
immoral would mean that we would have to consider the factor of how the
conception came about. This cannot and should not be done.
Quality is a major factor in the question of the morality of abortion.
When parents decide to keep or not keep a baby the issue of adoption does not
play into this. The reason for this is that once the baby is born that the
parents may change their mind if they want to keep it. Parents must decide at
the onset of the pregnancy to decide if they can in good conscience bring a
child into the world, if the answer is yes, then people should proceed with the
pregnancy and then determine whether they want to give the child up for adoption.
It is a parent\'s moral responsibility to make sure that the environments which
the child will be brought into will be healthy and supportive. It is a far
greater crime to treat a child poorly for eighteen years then it is to terminate
a fetus that cannot think, feel or is aware of its existence.
On the second point of making the way that conception occurred a non-
factor I am not saying that having the babies of rapists or in cases of incest
is okay. Still, for the argument that abortion is immoral, you must argue that
the action is immoral, not the child. The child cannot be either at this point.
If we are then talking about the act of abortion then who is to determine right
and wrong. A court of law should have no place in this decision. The primary
interests in this pregnancy should make the decision themselves. This would
normally be the parents of the fetus. The action in the case of rape is
defiantly immoral, but the fetus is not. To say that the abortion is moral
because the pregnancy arose from a crime is to place a value judgement on a
child before it is born. A fetus is just the product of sperm and an egg, an
accidental meeting that resulted in a pregnancy. If the fetus is not at fault
but can be terminated, why should a different set of standards be in effect
because two young people experimenting with sex made a mistake and the end
result was the same as in the case of rape. I offer you the explanation that the
circumstances surrounding the pregnancy can be deemed moral or immoral, but the
fetus and therefore the abortion cannot. The outcome was an accidental meeting
of a sperm and an egg in both instances. The moment of conception does not
assemble a human the instant that the egg hits the sperm, it takes a full nine
months. During this gestation period parts develop slowly, not all at once.
Science has determined when the cut off is that a fetus can think and feel
etc... If it were impossible for us to know when a fetus could feel and think
than the obvious answer would be that it is immoral, but we can tell and
therefore it is not. I think that it is important to remember that morals can be
established for a society in particular, such as abortion in immoral, but cannot
be changed by the context of how the pregnancy occurred. Either the termination
of life is moral or it isn\'t. By this line of reasoning you can follow me to
the logical conclusion of this paragraph. If it is logical and ethical to
terminate the life of a fetus because of a particular circumstance, then it is
moral to do so under any circumstance.
A credible objection to my main position is that abortion is wrong
except in the case of rape or incest. One good reason for this is that young
parents of a fetus that made a mistake and got pregnant made that initial
decision to have sex, while the rape or incest victims did not. A second reason
is that we as a society should not force a mother to relive her crime every day
for nine months and possibly longer if she kept the baby.
These two statements do not even come close to undermining