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Abortion – arguments for. Tania Rahman. History of abortion. 1803 The Ellenborough Act 1861 The Offences Against the Person Act 1929 Infant Life Preservation Act 1936 The Abortion Law Reform Association 1967 The Abortion Act. Autonomy . Woman’s right to decide Freedom of choice

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history of abortion
History of abortion
  • 1803 The Ellenborough Act
  • 1861 The Offences Against the Person Act
  • 1929 Infant Life Preservation Act
  • 1936 The Abortion Law Reform Association
  • 1967 The Abortion Act
autonomy
Autonomy
  • Woman’s right to decide
  • Freedom of choice
  • Financial/emotional burden
  • Forcing the ‘unwilling to bear the unwanted’
  • Broader contribution to society than childbearing
beneficence
Beneficence
  • Best interests of the mother - impact on life and mental state
  • Best interests of the child - quality of life - risk of being unloved/abuse/neglect/
  • Best interests of society - financial burden - healthcare resources
non maleficence
Non-maleficence
  • Improving lives of others rather than adding burden
  • No specified time limit - most abortions are early
  • Abortion preferable choice to unwanted child -does not lead to increased mental health problems
  • Can the foetus feel pain?
justice
Justice
  • Does a foetus have rights? If so, when?
  • Is the foetus a person?
  • Effect on society
  • Unwanted children
  • Not discriminating against the disabled
  • Planned parenthood - abortion the ‘responsible choice’