ABORTION. The Ethical Controversy of the Twenty First Century. Abortion. Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy It is a very safe procedure when performed by a professional The earlier an abortion is performed, the fewer the risks In 2005, 96 815 induced abortions were recorded in Canada
The Ethical Controversy of the Twenty First Century
Aims to stop abortion altogether
Unwanted pregnancies should go to adoption
Unborn child should have equal rights
Aims to reduce number of abortions needed through more contraception use
Cannot take away woman’s right to choose
Human life begins at conception and should have human rights
Unborn child should have full legal rights to protect it
Human life begins when the child is born
Government laws interfering with women’s rights to their own body violates privacy rights
A ‘defective’ fetus deserves just as much right to live
Discriminates against those who are disabled
Allows for healthier children
Less complications with a healthier child
Like any other type of abortion, it is immoral
Risks increase with a late term pregnancy
Fetus is conscious during this stage and can feel pain
Stage of fetus should not matter
Woman’s health could be endangered if partial birth abortion does not take place
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