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Abortion Is Every Woman's Right

The abortion of a pregnancy is every woman’s right. Rights are not "God-given" nor "nature-given". "Natural right" is a mistaken idea. Rights, instead, are moral principles that are identified and recognized by rational thought. Thinking is where moral principles come from, including rights. A right (meaning an individual right, which means the right of an individual) is a moral principle entitling an individual to act in a particular way in the presence of other people. Rights concern what individuals must be allowed, by others, to do, morally speaking. When I say "I have a right to do X", I mean "If you try to stop me from doing X, I will do what I must do to stop you, and I am morally entitled to assistance from the government in doing so." To violate someone's right is a serious thing, with serious, perhaps dangerous, or even fatal consequences. With that in mind, in the context of a woman being pregnant, how might individual