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This paper argues in favor of abortion and reproductive rights for women, further citing various cases and legislation in this area. This includes the historic case of Roe v. Wade. Additionally, the paper notes how historically only wealthy women were able to afford safe abortions. Then, the paper discusses ethical issues in terms of abortion. It presents differing viewpoints about when a fetus deserves protection under the law and avoiding subjecting it to pain and suffering. Finally, the paper states that abortion should be a private matter between a woman, her family, and her physician; the state has no justification for involvement outside of the regulation of specific medical issues and the protection of the fetus after the point that secular medical authorities determine that the fetus should be considered a person.
From the Paper:"In theory, the legal basis of the opposition to abortion is that the unborn fetus is a person within the meaning of the U.S. Constitution and therefore, entitled to the full protection of law as any other person. More particularly, the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the equal protection of every person, and the Due Process Clause of the Fifth and Fourteenth amendments require the due process of law in order to deprive any person of "life and liberty" (Mappes & Zembaty, 2008)."
"The principal legal argument against abortion is simply that the unborn fetus is entitled to life and liberty and that it is equally criminal to harm or kill a person who is still unborn and to harm or kill a person in general. To a certain extent, that rationale makes perfect sense, particularly in the third trimester of pregnancy. There is no doubt that a fetus is entitled to the protection of law as a person one hour or one day before birth; on the other hand, it is equally obvious that there is no such basis for applying ordinary concepts of personhood ..."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Mappes, T., and Zembaty, J. (2008). Social Ethics and Social Policy 7th Edition.
Cite this Term Paper:
Arguement in Favor of Abortion and Reproductive Rights (2012, March 28) Retrieved February 24, 2024, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/arguement-in-favor-of-abortion-and-reproductive-rights-150650/
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