Is terminating a pregnancy morally justified? Abortion has always been a major hot topic in the United States, and rightly so since abortion happens to be a matter of religion, politics, science, and human rights. This issue touches upon the core of every human’s principles, and whether it is well thought out, or little thought of; most U.S. citizens do claim to be either pro-life or pro-choice. This means they are for the unborn fulfilling its life, or alternatively, giving the mother the right to choose. The question that cannot seem to be answered is the one at the core of the issue, which if ever answered, might once and for all lay the matter to rest. Is the unborn a moral entity that holds value to the extent of a human
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Eggs in general hold no moral value although they too have the potential for life, but the human egg for some reason, is held to a higher esteem. The western world usually holds an anthroprecentric mentality, where the world revolves around human beings, but prolife advocates all of a sudden make use of their bioprecentric ideals where the world revolves around the living. In the United States, there has been great political debate and action over abortion. Many laws have come about in each state that regulate, restrict, or even abolish the right to abort the fetus. However, there is a difference between the legal and moral issue. The legal question is at what point if at all, should the state intervene in the matter? While the moral question is “whether the action itself is moral? Is the termination of the unborn the right thing to do” (Arechavaleta)? At this point it is important to acknowledge the four positions. There are several points of view that one can attest to in their outlook on abortion. In today’s very liberal society ever growing in the United States, there is a large group that believes that an abortion is “morally permissible at any time, for any reason, and under any circumstance.” In this argument “the unborn has no moral status” (Arechavaleta). Thus, for any motive, the mother can cease the pregnancy. The predicament is that the mother, and those that are involved, may or may not be competent to make a wise judgment.