Abortion as a Sociological Issue Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of the issue of abortion from a sociological perspective.
# 147177 | 2,704 words | 11 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Feb 28, 2011 in Hot Topics (Abortion) , Sociology (General)

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The paper addresses the religious view that life is sacred and that abortion is an infringement of the fetus' right to life and then deals with the conflicting issue of gender rights and equality in society. The paper utilizes the conflict theory to analyze abortion in terms of social norms and suggests that society is changing with an inclination towards a greater general acceptance of abortion as a social norm. The paper emphasizes that understanding the controversy about abortion necessitates a broader view of the related and concomitant values and variables in that society.

Abortion and the Social Context
Women's Rights and Abortion
Abortion and Religious and Ethical Views
Discussion and Analysis
Analysis: Conflict Theory
Conclusion: Possible Solutions

From the Paper:

"On the one hand many people in society oppose abortion in terms of normative value structures which often are manifested in religious principles and ideologies. This refers to the issues such as the sanctity of life and the view that abortion goes against the ethos and underlying structure of the society. On the other hand there are many groups in society who have an opposing and contrary view which states that abortion should be permissible and available to members of a free and democratic society and that the choice to abort should be unencumbered by religious and ethical ideology."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Abortion is every woman's right. Retrieved March 16, 2009 from http://www.socialistworker.org/2004-1/496/496_06_Abortion.shtml
  • Abortion Laws Worldwide. Retrieved March 16, 2009 from http://www.womenonwaves.org/set-1020.245-en.html
  • Baer, J. A. (Ed.). (2002). Historical and Multicultural Encyclopedia of Women's Reproductive Rights in the United States. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
  • Bohan, J. F. (1999). The House of Atreus: Abortion as a Human Rights Issue. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.
  • Baumgardner, J. (2001, March 5). The Pro-Choice PR Problem : YOUNG WOMEN, WHO'VE NEVER LACKED ABORTION RIGHTS, ARE TOUGH TO MOBILIZE. The Nation, 272 (19).

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