Writing assignment: Abortion and Stem Cell Research; A Moral Debate

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A Moral Debate

Driving by on a bumper of an SUV, in bold letters read "You can't be both Catholic and pro-choice". Assuming this is in reflection to John Kerry, our possible future President. Who says he is Catholic but also pro-choice. There seems to be a misconception to what being Christian is. People are picking what they do and do not want when it was already decided by God. When did humans stop asking God to help and save our lives and start taking our lives and others into their own hands?

"This is not political, researchers insist. It is about science, not abortion." This quote was written in Ann Quindlen's Essay, A New Look, an Old Battle. She discusses the battle of abortion and embryonic stem cell research. It has been a long debated issue at what period gestation the human embryo begins to be animated by the rational, spiritual soul, which elevates man above all other species of animal creation and survives the body to live forever.

In the normal course of nature the living embryo carries on its work of, self-evolution within the maternal womb, deriving its nourishment from the placenta through the vital cord, till, on reaching maturity. Abortion is a termination of this process.

It is evident that the determination of what is right or wrong in human conduct belongs to the science of ethics and the teaching of religious authority. Both of these declare the Divine law, "Thou shalt not kill". The embryonic child has a human soul; and therefore is a man from the time of its conception. Therefore it has an equal right to its life with its mother. Therefore, neither the mother, nor medical practitioner, nor any human being can take that life away. No matter how desirable it...