Why abortion is immoral


Don Marquis’s article ‘why abortion is immoral?’ contains Paul Bassen’s argument on absence of victimization in abortions with respect to the prospect of an embryo. He has supported his view with the authenticity of embryo’s unconsciousness and absence of capability for sensation.  He has equalized them to plants and other mere metabolism consisting species, which cannot be victimized due to lack of activity or ability to think. Bassen’s Argument: ‘An embryo cannot be a victim, he says, because it lacks sentience’ (Marquis, p.199).
  1. embryo lacks sentience
  2. victims must have sentience in them to feel brutalized
Therefore, embryo cannot be victimized by abortion.
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