Abortion and Justice

Class Forums Government 2017-2018 Assignment 1 Abortion and Justice

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      <span style=”font-weight: 400;”> It seems that today there are quite a few sophists among us; or perhaps a lot of people who simply do not want to face the truth. People deny, for example, that a child at twenty-two weeks is a human being with basic human rights unless, of course, the mother wants to have the child. If the child is inconvenient, uncomfortable, or embarrassing for a mother, he will become nothing but a soulless lump of cells. The truth is that there is great selfishness in their hearts and they are unwilling to lay down their lives for another human being. </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Justice is when every part of a society or a soul does that which it ought to do. It can be simply defined  as impartiality, fairness, and treating all according to what they deserve. When a person murders another person, they are considered a murderer and are served justice according to their deed. Their actions were unjust. Now, consider an abortion. A child is killed minutes before it would have been born alive. To most people today this is a “termination of an unwanted pregnancy” but it would be foolish to call it anything but manslaughter. The mother has unjustly taken the life of another human being and deserves the same punishment as if she had killed a grown man.  Abortion is built up and praised on an altar of injustice and falsehood, and if it should continue, our society will ultimately be wholly unjust. </span>

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      Continuing in agreement, I will discuss how people avoid the injustice of abortion by simply ignoring responsibility. Obviously, women who consider abortion did not plan on pregnancy, but they ignore that their actions have led to their situation. They are filled with so much pride and selfishness that they resort to neglecting and killing their own child. This is detrimental to the justice of a society and ultimately disobedient to God because it restricts humans from fulfilling justice which happens when all become who God intended them to be and what He intended them to do. By ending a life before it even begins, women are walking on a path that hates the Kingdom of God. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations,” (Jeremiah 1:5). God had a plan for every child that was aborted. “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb,” (Psalm 139:13). Therefore, any who supports abortion goes against the Word of God.

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      In agreement with Shelby, I would like to add that in book three of the Republic, Socrates remarks that the needs of the city are more important than the needs of the individual, and that each citizen should recognize that and lay aside his own preferences in order to aid and build the city. Today, however, we have cultivated a society of selfishness, as Shelby pointed out. Children who are aborted are referred to as ‘unwanted’ thus underlining the issue; the mother does not want the child therefore, she should not have to be responsible for the child. She would assert that her needs are more important than the needs of her child. Furthermore, today in the US, minorities are being shown more favor and given more privileges than ever before. Many programs and actions, however, used to benefit these minorities cause destruction for the nation. These programs only bring slight benefit, and the benefit it does produce is only for the few. Yet the theme of this country continues to demand that the needs of the individual are assessed and seen to regardless of the destruction it may cause, thus emphasizing that justice is not being cultivated; selfishness is.

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