Abortion - Is Abortion ethical or unethical?

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The word abortion brings many different views and ideas to mind that range from a woman's right to her body to outright murder. Although at the present, many governments in world allow abortions to a certain degree, millions of people have debated for years whether abortions are morally acceptable or not. It is in the opinion of this author that abortion, though a controversial topic is generally wrong and should not be allowed in the vast majority of cases.

In the Evangelium Vitae, Pope John Paul II believes abortion is a very serious problem and should not be allowed. He states that people should not use euphemisms for abortion, but to call it by its real name: the killing of a person. Because Pope John Paul II views life as beginning at conception, he strongly opposes abortion at any stage. The basis for his argument is that an embryo is an innocent being that can not defend itself at all and is completely dependent on the mother for everything.

This point is correct because an embryo has not done anything to anyone; the embryo was created by the actions of the mother and father, and it is for this reason it can be said the embryo is an innocent being. From his religious view point Pope John Paul views the murder of anyone innocent to be morally wrong because everyone has a right to life.

Don Marquis provides and interesting view on the abortion issue that many pro-life people support. He establishes his criteria by first describing why the majority of people view killings as wrong. According to Marquis, killing someone is wrong if the person has a "future like ours." This means that if the being will develop life experiences and have potential for a future that will give...