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Abortion "In the past we permitted abortions to save one life when two would otherwise die. Now we permit abortion to take one life when two would otherwise live,"� explains Dr. Herbert Ratner. 1 One of the most hotly debated and divisive issues in American society today "" almost 30 years after the landmark Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal "" is the question of abortion right for women. Even though it is legal, no one should have the right to choose to do what is wrong.

In the ethical theory Rule Utilitarianism, when a woman gets pregnant, she should be obligated to have the child because she didn't make any effort to avoid conception. Of course there are some exceptions to this rule: when women have been victimized by rape or incest, or whose life's are at risk, or even when the woman did all she could to avoid getting pregnant.

In any of those cases, the woman should have the right to choose whether she wants the abortion or not. Other than that, they should not be given the choice to kill an innocent and defenseless human being. In this Rule, the fetus should be considered as a full-fledged bearer of rights with a moral claim to our care and respect. People do make mistakes, but if they're old enough to have unprotected sex then they should be old enough to deal with all the consequences. The life of a child far outweighs in importance the right of a woman to control her bodily processes. Abortion is a monstrous violation of an innocent being's right to life enjoyed by the child from the moment of its conception. Overall, it's a murderous act that not too many people take seriously. As a result, freedom and autonomy should...