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TOK Presentation: Abortion
Transcript of TOK Presentation: Abortion
or expulsion of a fetus/embryo from the uterus
prior to viability Types of Abortion What is an abortion? Induced Approximately 205 million pregnancies every year. Spontaneous Knowledge Issue To what extent is abortion not justified by poverty or rape? Real Life Situation A mother can not financially support a child. Real Life Situation The woman was raped. A third are unintended. A fifth end in induced abortion. The manner selected in which the abortion is done depends on these different things. 1. Gestational age (the age of an embryo counting from the time of fertilization)
3. Regional availability
4. Doctor Also known as miscarriage. The procedure of an induced abortion is generally done in the second or third trimester of a pregnancy. It is done with the use of medications. The medications can be injected into the amniotic sac or a vein to begin the process of contractions. The medications injected into the amniotic sac include salt water, potassium chloride and digoxin (did-jock-sin)
The medications injected into the vein is Oxytocin. The viability being used in this definition refers to fetal viability. Fetal viability is the ability for a fetus to survive outside of the uterus. A miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy. Most miscarriages are caused by chromosome problems making it impossible for the baby to develop. Argument: If a mother can not support her child she has the right to abort it.
Question: Are there children today growing up in poverty?
Reality: A mother can get assistance from the state to help provide for her children Argument: If a woman was forced into sexual intercourse she should not have to suffer the consequence of having a child. Question: If the woman did not willingly have sex should she have the right to an abortion? Reality: The child is a innocent party in this circumstance and should not be punished. Sources: http://abortion.procon.org/
Poverty- the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor. Arguments justifying abortion Arguments not justifying abortion No amount of financial hardship is sufficient rationale for killing another human being No matter the circumstance a human being has every right to life and that can not be taken from them C. Everett Coop pointed out that "some of the most unhappy children have all their physical and mental faculties, while some of the happiest youngsters have borne burdens which most of us would find very difficult to endure. " In the case of rape, forcing a woman
made pregnant by this act would cause psychological harm to the victim. Teenagers who become mothers have grim prospects for the future. They are much more likely to leave school; receive inadequate prenatal care; rely on public assistance to raise a child; develop health problems; or end up divorced. Taxpayer dollars are used to enable poor women to access the same medical services as rich women, and abortion is one of these services. Conclusion... All people have different moral values and because of their morals, their justifications for abortion are all going to be different. So based off this argument the knowledge issue can not be answered because everyone will justify something differently, or it not be justified for another reason. “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.” Mother Teresa “No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body.” Margaret Sanger