Is abortion objectively morally wrong?

Is abortion objectively morally wrong? September 22, 2017

I don’t have a whole lot of time today, so please excsue this for being rather rushed.

Considered, logical responses, critiques and corrections gratefully received. Ideological ranting not so much.

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Kentucky being a Bible Belt State with a high abortion rate.

 

P1) Abortion is objectively immoral.

P2) It is possible to ban abortion.

C1) Banning abortion is objectively moral.

 

P3) Banning abortion leads to the birth of unwanted children (this is almost axiomatic).

P4) The ability to raise a child requires parental love, time, and money (this, too, is almost axiomatic).

C2) Unwanted children are going to miss out on parental love and/or time and/or money because these things are not available.

 

P5) Children who do not get parental love/time/money at home seek it elsewhere as these are requirements (see P4).

P6) Children who seek these things in unhealthy ways often get in to trouble, be it in relationships, education, or with the law.

C3) Children who grow up without parental love/time/money do poorly in relationships, and in education, and get into trouble with the law.

 

P7) Adults who were unwanted children have unhealthy relationships, do poorly in education, and have trouble with the law.

P8) Adults who were unwanted children will have fewer resources, such as love, time, and money, to invest in their own children.

C4) Unwanted children are more likely to have unwanted children.

 

P9) The more unwanted a child is, the greater the chance that a would-be parent will seek an abortion, despite the ban.

P10) The more unwanted an adult felt as a child, the more motivated they will be to not pass this misery on to their children.

C5) The fact of being unwanted as a child leads to a preference for abortions.

 

C6) The belief that Abortion is Objectively Immoral (P1), and should be banned (P2) leading to actual abortion bans (C1), objectively (via C2, C3, and C4) creates an environment where abortions are desirable (C5).

 

If abortion is objectively immoral (by P1), and banning it is possible (P2), then banning it is moral (C1). But banning abortion gives rise to unwanted children (P3), because their parents do not have the love, time, or money to give to them (P4). This was, presumably, the (moral) reason for seeking an abortion in the first place (C2). As such, children do not receive love, time, or money at home, and because these are human needs, they seek them elsewhere (P5). Due to lack of these things at home, and lack of understanding, therefore, as to how these things work, such children find themselves getting these things in unhealthy ways (P6). Unhealthy sources of love, time, or money lead to unhealthy relationships, poor educational outcomes, and trouble with the law (C3). Adults who were unwanted children are more likely to have a background in unhealthy relationships, poor education, or trouble with the law (P7). Adults who were unwanted children will have fewer resources to pass on to their children (P8). Unwanted children are more likely to have unwanted children (C4), or seek an abortion (P9), especially when they consider their own childhood (P10). An unwanted child, as an adult, knows what they are denying an unwanted child (C5). It is the fact of anti-abortion sentiment and abortion bans that leads to abortion (C6).

If abortion is considered morally wrong, it leads to more abortions, and is thus self-defeating. If abortion is considered objectively morally wrong, and yet leads to more abortions, then it is actually objectively morally right to have abortions, or not objective at all, or not a moral concern at all.

This means that the pro-choice stance is more moral than the so-called prolife stance and, as a bonus, shows that objective morality is on very shaky ground.

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