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4. Relative safety of abortion a. Medical b. Psychological 5. Refutation of the Domino argument 6. Danger of pregnancy to motherâs life 7. Rape and incest 8. Responsibility for sexual activity 9. Abortion as womanâs choice The more moderate position on abortion 1. Unresolvable conflicts of absolutes 2. Problem of when life begins KEY TERMS AND CONCEPTS Life Abortion Embryo Zygote Fetus Child Conceptus Viability Ultrasound Amniocentesis âProlifeâ âProchoiceâ Adoption Sexual Responsibility Actual Rights Potential Rights Developmental View ESSAY QUESTIONS 1. Discuss the arguments in favor of abortion. State your view and try to justify your claims. Is abortion always acceptable? 2. Discuss the arguments that oppose abortion, stating your view and justifying it. Are there any justifiable exceptions? 3. Who has the more important ârightsâ claim (pregnant woman, fetus, father, etc) in abortion and why? 4. Critically evaluate the arguments that support the âdevelopmental viewâ to justify some abortions. 5. What is the moral status of the fetus? TRUE/FALSE 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. A conceptus means the developing human individual from the eighth week. Abortion is legal in all but a few states in the US. In 1800 there was not a single statute concerning abortion in the US. Viability occurs between the 15th and 17th weeks. In the famous 1977 Stove v. Wade decision at the supreme court in Wimbledon abortion became legal. 6. Amniocentesis is the most widespread abortion procedure. 76 Copyright Â© 2009 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. All rights reserved.