Wednesday 27 February 2019 Amelia Entwistle Is abortion murder? Abortion defined as ‘the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy.’ However, even though the definition is simple, there is still a massive debate around whether women should have the right to abortion. Many ethical implications come with abortion, and it is often a subject that is approached with lots of personal opinions and emotions rather than reason. The moral question that seems to lead the debate around abortion is when the foetus reaches personhood, and what point does the foetus have a moral status which gives it rights. Do the mother's rights outweigh that over the foetus or does the foetus have a right to life at the expense of the mother? Is difficult to come up with an answer to when a foetus achieves personhood. Human life could be defined as 'a member of the human biological species - having the human genetic code.' However, that is such a simple definition; it says that because someone has a genetic code that they are a person, there must be more than is stated to make some a person. Human life is often defined further as a 'being that possesses certain human characteristics in addition to the human genetic code.' The characteristics often suggested are the ability to think, to imagine and to communicate. These definitions do not show a clear indication to when a foetus can be defined as human life as it is uncertain to when a foetus gains these characteristics. In ancient Greece and Rome abortion was accepted as they were not concerned about the wellbeing of an unborn child. Although the father of the child objected some abortions, the father of the child tended to have the overall say to what happened to the child, and if he wanted to keep the child, then it would not be aborted. There is also reference to the Old Testament as it contains a few passages which refer to abortion. In the bible, a foetus is referred to as property, which meant 1 Amelia Entwistle
that if a person caused a miscarriage to take place, they were forced to pay a fine to the husband of the woman who carried the child. However, if they also cause the
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