Understanding Abortion: From Mixed Feelings to Rational Thought
Books on abortion (other than collections of readings) typically express and defend a particular position. This book gives both sides, as evenly and objectively as possible; it gets to the heart of each position, the core idea which animates it. It then leaves the reader to make up his or her own mind. It is an introduction to the issue, not only to the basic positions on the issue. Despite being brief, it contains careful analyses and discussions of many topics often not found at all in other works. The treatment is thorough and detailed, but succinct. Understanding Abortion: From Mixed Feelings to Rational Thought is aimed at all people who want a better understanding of what the two sides on this issue are really saying, and what reasons they give for their position. Many people assume that this issue is an interminable one, with “no clear answers”; a purely emotional debate that cannot be addressed by the use of reasoned arguments. The book shows that this is not the case.
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What Should We Do If We Are in Doubt?
THE LEGAL QUESTION
The Legal Status ProChoice and ProLife
The Role of Government
Other Significant Legal Aspects
The Hard Cases Rape Life of the Woman Severe Deformities
Abortion Means Killing This Child
Abortion Causes Pain to the Child
The Dignity of the Human Person
FURTHER MORAL CONSIDERATIONS
Some ProChoice Replies to ProLife Claims
When Does a Person Begin to Exist?
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