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The Abortion Issue Introduction Abortion has been a very controversial subject over these past few decades Every time you pick up a paper or magazine it seems there is always some protest regarding abortion whether it be for fetal rights or womens rights According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica the definition of abortion is the expulsion of a fetus from the uterus before it has reached the stage of viability in human beings usually about the 20th week of gestation An abortion may occur spontaneously in which case it is also called a miscarriage or it may be brought on purposefully in which case it is often called an induced abortion This paper will focus only on those abortions which are considered to be induced and will present the argument to both sides considering both the argument for Pro-life as well as for Pro-choice Pro-Life Argument Don Marquis states in his article Why Abortion is Immoral that killing someone is wrong because the killing inflicts the greatest possible loss on the victim He says that it is not the effect on the murderer and the victims friends and relatives that makes killing an absolute wrong Although killing does affect those close to the victim the ultimate harm done is on the victim himself due to their loss of future Marquis states that killing is regarded as one of the worst crimes because it is depriving people of the value of their future If this view were applied to abortion it would be easy to see how abortion could be considered wrong By willingly ending the life of the fetus you are willingly ending their possibility of a future The fetus has the possibility of having a future with emotions experiences and activities that are the same as human beings and even closer to that of young children This argument applies in most cases of abortion but not all For example to abort a fetus whose
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