Is Abortion Morally Permissible? Essay

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Abortion is one of the most controversial and heated issues in the United States today. There are two different views on this controversy. There are those who are pro-choice, whom believe that woman have the right to choose to have an abortion or not. Then, there are those who are pro-life, whom believe that a fetus should have right to life. Marry Warren, the author of “Abortion is Morally Permissible”, falls under the category of being pro-choice. She believes any law that stops woman from aborting, violates on woman basic moral rights to have control over ones own body. Warren’s staple claim is that the unborn are not human because the fetus doesn’t meet the requirements of personhood. In arguing her point as she does, the article is filled with logical issues. I will argue below that Warren’s assumptions are not strong enough to support her claim that woman should have the choice to have an abortion.

In the first section, Warren defines human, which was not as simple for Warren as it is for most people. She believed there were two definitions of a human even though the difference might not always be distinct. Because of this, she argues the following common pro-life argument must be fallacious, (1) it is wrong to kill innocent human beings. (2) Fetuses are innocent human beings. (3) So, it is wrong to kill a fetus. The reason why she believes this argument is fallacious is because “human” is used in (1) and (2), so one of them must be question begging. And if human does…

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