The Arguments Concerning Abortion and Rape Analytical Essay by Nicky

The Arguments Concerning Abortion and Rape
An analysis of various logical, ethical, and religious stances on the topic of abortion after rape.
# 146428 | 1,307 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 26, 2010 in Hot Topics (Abortion) , Women Studies (Women and Society)

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This paper offers an analysis of various moral, ethical, and religious stances on the topic of abortion after rape. The paper describes each school of thought, noting that the religious perspective does not distinguish between different circumstances of pregnancy, but secular ethical concepts may oppose abortion as a retroactive form of birth control while supporting the right of rape victims because of the distinction between voluntary and involuntary circumstances. The paper notes that secular ethical positions also differ based on whether the circumstances of pregnancy or the degree of fetal development and sentience underlie their predominant ethical concerns. The paper concludes that, ultimately, the resolution of these issues depends entirely on the basis of one's moral perspective; the pro-choice positions are the most permissive, while the pro-life position ranges from absolute prohibition to the more liberal incorporation of issues such as medical necessity and fault, such as in the case of the rape victim.

Background of the Ethical Issue
The Religious Basis of the Moral Objection to Abortion
The Logical Basis of the Moral Objection to Abortion
Applying Ethical Principals to Abortion After Rape

From the Paper:

"Even within the polar opposite positions, different individuals either support or oppose the woman's right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, substantially depending on their underlying reasoning for their respective stance. Those whose objection to abortion by virtue of religious definitions of human life consider every form of it equivalent to the murder of another human being. Those whose objection to abortion is a function of objective secular principles of ethics and morality oppose terminating pregnancy beyond specific stages of gestation associated with fetal sentience or cognition."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dershowitz, A.M. (2002). Shouting Fire: Civil Liberties in a Turbulent Age. New York: Little Brown & Co.
  • Levine, C. (2008). Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Bioethical Issues. 12th Ed. Dubuque Iowa: McGraw Hill.
  • Reiman, J.H. (1999) Abortion and the Ways We Value Human Life. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Sagan, C. (1997) Billions and Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium. New York: Random House
  • Tong, R. (2007). New Perspectives in Health Care Ethics: An Interdisciplinary and Cultural Approach. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc.

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