The abortion debate seems to never end with individuals having to defend their position on the topic every time the issue of abortion is raised. The article, Morality of Abortion and the Deprivation of Futures written by Brown T. Martin discusses the issue of abortion deeply by looking at the most credible facts surrounding the issue. His main argument about abortion centers on the real loss experienced when a fetus has removed the mother and also her welfare. In this article, he shows why it is not correct to assume that a fetus is a conscious being with a self-represented future.
For this discussion, I will discuss Martins’s main argument by analyzing its credibility on the issue of abortion molarity.
The first thing to take into consideration is whether actually, the killing of a fetus through abortion denies it the possibility of living a quality life as other humans do. Some argue that with proper protection and care, the fetus could be born to and live a meaningful life. Nevertheless, the fetus certainly is not in opposition to deciding since they have no consciousness. Additionally, they have no visions, ambitions, or dreams for their future they lie entirely with their mother, and even their development is entirely dependent on the mother. Due to these facts, Brown argues that the fetus does not deserve to be treated as a wholesome being with emotions and feelings. If the mother chooses to remove it, then the only loss is hers as the fetus never had a vision for its future (Brown 10).
Secondly, murder means the deliberate deprivation of someone else's life if it had the promise of a future. According to Brown, most cases of abortion are usually a deliberate attempt by the mother to get rid of an unwanted baby. The mother knows whether she can offer the right conditions for the baby's happiness or not. Even though a fetus past the trimester stage is usually alive and whole, it is yet to be a self-supporting human being. Seeing that it is solely the mother who sacrifices her body, happiness, and freedom to protect a fetus, it can be argued that only the mother holds the right to choose whether they want a baby or not. This is because she decided to create the baby in the first place, even if it was unplanned.
Furthermore, the author notes there some several cases when abortion is not avoidable such as in medical complications. Due to some natural factors, the fetus might put the mother and itself at risk making the doctors recommend abortion. This according to Brown is justifiable just like euthanasia is sometimes. The author notes that when a medical condition arises, there should be no remorse or regrets since it is beyond human control. Brown states Feelings of regret and moral outrage on behalf of a fictional character are unfounded (6).
In conclusion, the author of this article provides a strong and informative justification about abortion especially the molarity part of it. The author believes that abortion is justifiable in some cases since the fetus cannot lose a future that is not there yet. The author also argues that the mother who decided to conceive the fetus has a right to decide to have it or not. Some medical condition that puts the mother at risk is another thing the author uses to support the molarity of abortion. To me, this article is very informative and can be used to gather some great facts when discussing abortion.
Brown, Mark T. "The Morality of Abortion and the Deprivation of Futures." Journal of Medical Ethics (2000): 103-107. Document. http://jme.bmj.com/content/26/2/103
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