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There are debates all over the world about whether or not abortion should be legal, and many people pick which side based on their feelings on the morality of abortion. Frequently, the debate centers around disagreements of the moral status of the fetus, and at what point it has all the rights of an adult. Other ethical debates focus on the rights of the mother or the circumstances of conception.

Abortion is unethical Show more Show less

From the moment of conception, a fetus is a child with all of the rights of any person. A fetus will grow up to be just like any other person and could have a meaningful future, and abortion is also religiously unacceptable. As such, abortion is unethical.
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Abortion is unethical because of the right to life

A fetus has the full rights of an adult human. Therefore, it has the right to life and to not being killed.
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The Argument

A fetus is a human being; it, therefore, has all of the rights of a human being, including the right to life. Since a fetus has a right to life, it is wrong to abort it. An embryo and fetus have all of the DNA of any human, making it inarguably a human life. Human life is valuable, and humans have a right to life. Aborting a fetus disrespects the human right to life, and is therefore wrong.[1]

Counter arguments

While a fetus or an embryo is biologically human, that is not a reason to give it the full rights of an adult human. An embryo is no more developed than many animals we kill to eat. Therefore, while a fetus may be human, it is not a person. Personhood requires a certain amount of development, and with that status comes rights. Since a fetus lacks the status of personhood, it does not have a right to life.

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Premises

{P1] A fetus is a human being. [P2] A human being has a right to life. [P3] Depriving a human being of their right to life is wrong.

Rejecting the premises

References

  1. https://www.centralmaine.com/2019/03/06/b-3459-stauble-ron-3-1-abortion-unborn-babies-have-right-to-life/

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