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Abortion - on Morality

  • Date Submitted: 03/29/2010 06:27 PM
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Joan Didion's essay "On Morality" raises the issue of, "What is 'right' and what is 'wrong,' what is 'good' and what 'evil'?"   (182). In today's society, the majority of the time, people do not even consider this question before analyzing an issue. Morality has become a commonly changing definition and can scarcely be defined.   Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines morality as "the quality of being in accord with standards of right or good conduct."   Conversely, it is odd to see a group of individuals who have the same opinions of right and wrong. This difference of opinion causes countless disputes such as in the topic of abortion.   Many agree that it is a woman's prerogative to make such a decision as to whether she should have a child, while a number of others believe it is "morally" wrong.   Though, there are rational viewpoints of others that disagree with the idea or the morality of abortion, however they agree that there are various circumstances that should give the woman the option.   However it is plainly understood that abortion is basically the killing of an unborn child, so why aren’t women who abort not found guilty of murder; while women who take the life of their children acquire such charges?   Morality needs to be a common standard at all times and abortion should never be an exception.   In reality, abortion destroys the life of an unborn child; for that reason, it should be deemed immoral, except when justifying circumstances leave such pregnant women without an option.  

In deciding whether to be pro-life or pro-choice, people often form their opinion once they have taken into consideration the moral characteristics of abortion and its consequences.   Pro-choice would agree that any pregnant woman should have the right to choose whether or not she wants to give birth. This woman would say that it is her body and she will carry the full responsibility of raising the child, therefore it is her choice. However, such an argument...


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