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Abortion The word alone summons controversy and unrest within normally civil conversation Society has consistently examined and reexamined debated and re-debated the morality of abortion until defined and perhaps hostile sides have formed It is my intention to show that abortion within the first trimester of pregnancy is unequivocally morally justified regardless of the means or consequences of the pregnancy It is entirely morally permissible for a woman to have an abortion even when her pregnancy is not due to rape carrying the fetus to term poses no unusual health risks to the mother and the fetus is not known to be abnormal in any way The reasons for such a thesis are all quite clear and obvious for any person to understand while objections to it shall prove to be misplaced and simply erroneous It is the status of the embryo in the first trimester that is the basic issue that cannot be sidestepped it remains perhaps the most important point that must be addressed We must decide whether the zygote-embryo-fetus that is growing inside a mothers womb is living human a person and deserving of human rights Only after we have examined these issues will we be able to decree the morality of abortion It is important and necessary to note that an embryo is a living thing Indeed life begins at conception as so many pro-lifers hastily and joyously exclaim This embryo this clump of cells is a biological mechanism that converts nutrients and oxygen into energy that causes its cells to divide multiply and grow Of course its alive as is any human organ ie the heart a kidney An amoeba is just as much a living thing under this definition A single-cell amoeba also converts nutrients and oxygen into biological energy that causes its cells to divide multiply and grow It also contains a full set of its own DNA It shares everything in common with a human zygote
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