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What makes murder immoral is that it is the ending of a life that has meaning and value. An individual life gains meaning and value as it comes into the world and matures. The value of a "life" is not inherent.
Murder is the unlawful killing of a person.
Abortion is the lawful killing of a potential person.
Abortion is only murder if it is unlawful.
Abortion is performed in self defense, as a person has the right to decide who or what can occupy their body. A much more appropriate label than Murder, would be 'Justifiable Homicide'
Abortion being murder is dependent on the law.
Abortion being morally wrong is dependent on the circumstances.
Abortion in cases of rape, incest or life threatening conditions to the mother, are less morally wrong. The morality of abortion in general changes dependant on developmental stages.
Abortion is the termination of a fetus. A fetus is not defined as a person. Murder is defined as the "unlawful killing of a person".
Since abortion is neither the killing of a person nor unlawful, abortion is not murder.
Bringing a person into the world that you do not want to care for, provide for or look after is a worse fate than not existing in the first place.
Murder is criminalized because it
> Deprives the victim of the rest of her life
> Causes physical pain to the victim
> Causes emotional pain to the victim and relatives
> Threatens the survivability and legacy of the victim, its race, and genetics.
Abortion also fulfills this criteria.
you have no consent to kill the human life form.
It is the killing of a human life without its consent.
The punishment, in the case of this act, should be limited to a small fine paid to the woman for the miscarriage.