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Transcript of Abortion-Ch:11
Cases trying to dissuade
matter of life & death
Labels: Life v Choice
Important to avoid labels
1st Day- Zygote
layer of cells and a ball of cells
8th Week - Beyond
Morning After Pill- chemical making uterine wall inhospitable
Dilatation of uterus;
Salt/water causing miscarriage
Dilation & Extraction
Punctured skull; suctioned
1990 - 1.6 million
2/100 women have abortion
Black women 4x more
likely than White Women
Methods of Abortion
Reasons for Abortion
Baby would change their life
Done having children
Did not want single-motherhood
Legal in 54 countries
in Poorer Countries
Abortion & The Law
If something is immoral,
it ought to be Illegal.
Is this true?
Laws bound by philosophy of law
1973-Roe v Wade
Decision divided pregnancy into 3 trimesters
Some laws restricted funding;
required parental permission
Do Not Depend on Moral Status of a Fetus
each case has its own consequences
Must Weight the Good & Bad
Its the Affect on Everyone that's important
of the individual are supremely important
Arguments that Depend on
The Moral Status of the Fetus
Fetus has status when fertilized;
Others argue zygote is important, has many cells
Detectable Brain waves
Viability-ability to live outside mother
Usually in the 5th Month
Method 2-Moral status due to our unique humaneness
Being Human or Human-Like
Potentiality-power to become something gives greater
Actuality-potential for the actual characteristics
that is important
Evolving Nature Middle ground between Potentiality & Actuality
Optional (Not required)
What Are your thoughts?
Can you articulate an opinion?
Can you argue FOR the side you are Against?
Every minutes a
woman in a developing
country dies from Abortion
Whites least likely to have abortion
Natural law argument:
woman has right to her
How would we argue for/against
abortion from a relativistic perspective?
Not all arguments on abortion regard
the moral status of the fetus
Issue is often a gender and language issue
Method 1- Focus on the
characteristics of the fetus.
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