Is abortion ethical medicine? If the purpose of medicine is to heal and maintain the health of the individual, we can then evaluate the merit of abortion and whether it qualifies as appropriate medical care.
With abortion there are two individuals to be considered.
For a woman facing unplanned pregnancy, abortion represents the interruption of a healthy reproductive system, her body behaving as it was designed. In what way does abortion heal her healthy system?
Now consider the second individual, the preborn boy or girl. The life of a separate and distinct human, with his own DNA is intentionally stopped. In what way does abortion maintain the health of this smallest of all patients?
In the history of western medicine, abortion has always been considered the opposite of ethical medical care. Why else would the Hippocratic Oath, which is the basis for western medical ethics, state “I will not give a woman an abortive remedy…”?