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Ethical issues continue to weigh heavily in the way healthcare is delivered in the United States. Diversity makes the most sensitive issues settle in a grey area, rather than simply black or white. Many believe that abortion is ethically justified, when others believe it is morally wrong. The ethical differences in opinions will be explored in the following paragraphs, analyzing the issue from different perspectives. Yet the act of abortion appears to break the vows of non-maleficence that health professionals must remain committed to uphold.
According to John Stuart Mill, utilitarianism is a moral theory of ethics in which “an act’s of rightness or wrongness resides either in the nature of the act itself or in the results that the act brings about” (Mill, 2001). In today’s modern society, the utilitarian theory alone accounts for society’s understanding of virtue. The definition of utilitarianism according to Baillie, H.W., McGeehan, J., Garrett, T.M., and Garrett, R.M.(2013 p.4), in Health Ethics states: “Utilitarianism is social consequentialism, that holds that one should act so as to do the greatest good for the greatest number.” Based on the insight of these authors, refraining from abortion contributes to the greater good of not only the childbearing woman, but also to the greater good of society.
Many base their argument of abortion on physiological, physical, even socio-economic reasons, but the act unknowingly causes more damage to the woman than one would think. People who have actually had an abortion are emotionally and physically distorted. Unfortunately, many who choose abortion find themselves faced with worse consequences. The results of research by Mota, N. P., Burnett, M., & Sareen, J. (2010) titled Associations Between Abortion, Mental Disorders, and Suicidal Behaviour in a Nationally Representative Sample From the Canadian…...

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