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When does life actually begin When if ever is it right to terminate a pregnancy These are some of the moral dilemmas that are faced when dealing with the issue of abortion Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy There are many different stands held on the issue of abortion For those holding a conservative view on abortion abortion is never acceptable except when necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman In contrast the liberal view believes that abortion is always ethically acceptable at any point of fetal development and for any reason Finally there are those in the middle that hold the moderate view They believe that abortion is ethically acceptable up to a certain point of fetal development and that some reasons are acceptableMary Anne Warrens Argument for AbortionMary Anne Warrens stand on abortion is that of a liberal one In her article On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion she concludes that a womens right to protect her health happiness freedom and even her life by terminating an unwanted pregnancy will always override whatever right to life it may be appropriate to ascribe to a fetus even a fully developed one pg16 Mappes Warren believes that abortion is permittable because the fetus is not a fully developed person with moral characteristics they are human beings that are not yet a person She contends that in order to be considered a human we must satisfy five traits These five traits are1 consciousness of objects and events external andor internal to the being and in particular the capacity to feel pain2reasoning the developed capacity to solve new and relatively complex problems3self-motivated activity activity which is relatively independent of either genetic or direct external control4the capacity to communicate by whatever means messages of an indefinite variety of types that is not just with an indefinite number of possible contents but on indefinitely many possible topics5the presence of self-concepts and self-awareness wither individual
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