The Right to Future Experiences

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One of the most fundamental choices in life is whether a couple wants to have children. This choice forces many females who are not ready to have children to face the decision of abortion. Abortion is a controversial topic because it involves consequences that are social, religious, political, legal, and biological in nature. According to recent statistic, there are approximately 1,310,000 abortions per year in America and 55,000,000 abortions per year worldwide (Abortion Statistic). Different people would have different points of views about abortions. My position is that abortion is immoral. An embryo/fetus should not be killed; it has a right to future experiences and therefore it is wrong to have an abortion.

Considering that killing an adult human is wrong because we deprive that person of future experiences, activities, and projects, implies that killing a human fetus is just as bad as killing an adult human. Believing in this argument to its full extent means that humans should not kill or restrict the living style of any animals for food, sport, and so on, just as, steers for beef, chickens for eggs, and deer for the enjoyment of hunting.

Denying a being future experiences, activities, and projects, is to make it suffer to some extent. No being has the right to intentionally make another being suffer.

Let's look at it medically and naturally. The embryo is genetically distinct from the mother. Hence, to say that the developing baby is no different from the mother's appendix is scientifically inaccurate. A developing embryo is genetically different from the mother. Moreover, a developing embryo is genetically different from the sperm and egg that created it. A normal human being has 46 chromosomes. The sperm and egg each have 23 chromosomes. A trained geneticist can distinguish between the DNA of an embryo and...