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Abortion Life or Death Many people believe abortion is purely a moral issue but it is also a constitutional issue It is a womans right to choose what she does with her own body and it should not be altered or influenced by anyone else This right is guaranteed by the ninth amendment which contains the right to privacy The ninth amendment states The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people This right guarantees the right to women if they so choose to have an abortion Regardless of the morals a woman has the right to privacy and choice to abort her fetus The people that hold a pro-life view argue that a woman who has an abortion is killing a child They would have us believe that from the moment of conception the embryo or fetus is alive and that the abortion of the embryo is murder The pro-choice perspective does not view it this way They feel the decision to abort a pregnancy is that of the mothers and the state has no right to interfere Their main argument being that a fetus is not yet a baby It does not fit the criteria we attain through our perception of what living human beings consist In a notable defense of this position philosopher Mary Anne Warren has proposed the following criteria for person-hood 1Consciousness of objects and events external and or internal to the being and in particular the capacity to feel pain 2Reasoning is the developed capacity to solve new and relatively complex problems 3Self-motivated activity consists of activity which is relatively independent of either genetic or direct external control 4 The capacity to communicate by whatever means messages of an indefinite variety of possible contents but on indefinitely many possible topics 5 The presence of self-concepts and self-awareness
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