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4. Relative safety of abortion
a. Medical
b. Psychological
5. Refutation of the Domino argument
6. Danger of pregnancy to mother’s life
7. Rape and incest
8. Responsibility for sexual activity
9. Abortion as woman’s 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
“Prolife”
“Prochoice”
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 “rights” claim (pregnant woman, fetus, father, etc) in abortion
and why?
4. Critically evaluate the arguments that support the “developmental view” 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.
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