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TOK Presentation: Abortion

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Aaron Kinsfather

on 4 April 2013

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Ethical or Not? The Situation A girl, the summer
before her senior year, gets pregnant. She has no job, and has to decide what to do. This is a situation that many of us have heard of or personally know someone who has experienced it. She keeps the baby. She drops out of
school, goes on welfare,
and moves in with her boyfriend. Her life will be increasingly difficult because of it. OR She gets an abortion. She is able to finish school, keep her social life,
and become a contributing member of society. However, an abortion can have permanent emotional trauma. What Really Happened? She kept the baby. She did indeed drop out of school,
go on welfare, and move in with her boyfriend, whom she is dependent on. How can we decide when abortion is ethical? P.S. Key Knowledge Issue! Several factors prevent us from knowing if and when abortion is ethical. Emotion Many objections to abortion stem from strong emotional responses. Parents claim their lives wouldn't have been as meaningful if they had aborted their children. In addition, a human life is seen as sacred, due partially to religion. People also claim that it is a women's right to decide what she does with her body, an emotionally charged claim. Logic/Reason Oddly enough, logic would conclude that life begins at conception. Any other deciding point is arguable. However, the logical approach to abortion is marred by the overwhelming amount of emotion that goes into the decision making process. In addition, no two situations are identical. A logical approach would not allow for discretion among each case, and would therefore cause unrest among many. More Real Life Situations An expecting mother finds out that the baby she's carrying may be a threat to her life. Should she abort the child to save her own life? An expecting mother finds out that the baby she's carrying is diagnosed with Tay-Sachs Disease. Should she abort the child to save it from a shortened life full of pain? A victim of rape finds out she is pregnant as a result of the rape. Should she be allowed to abort the child? Do we have the right to tell women
what to do with their bodies? Smaller Knowledge Issue! Part of the debate over abortion is women's rights. Is it a woman's right to decide what she does with her body? The problem with assessing this claim comes again from emotion and logic. Logic Vs. Emotion This is a timeless battle between
two opposing Ways of Knowing. People feel as though they have an emotional privilege to having basic human rights. Yet, logic would claim that, after conception, a women's body isn't just her body anymore. Her decisions affect not only her, but the child she is now carrying. Can we ever know? Not at the moment.
Emotions tend to be so personal that
they can cloud over better judgement and reason. However, logic tends to be so objective that it doesn't allow for specific circumstances. A proper balance must be obtained before deciding when abortion is ethical, and even then, it must be on a case-to-case basis. Women's rights
is a debate that may
never be won. OR She keeps the child, but gives it up for adoption. This way, She can still
live her life and give her child
a sound home and future. However, giving up your child for adoption can be one of the hardest decisions to make, and can cause lasting regret and emotional trauma. Thank You! :)
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