Understanding Abortion: From Mixed Feelings to Rational Thought

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Lexington Books, Dec 28, 2011 - Philosophy - 228 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction
1
THE PROCHOICE MORAL POSITION
13
The Feminist Quality of Life Argument
15
The General Quality of Life Argument
19
The NotaPerson Argument
21
The NoDutytoSustain Argument
35
THE PROLIFE MORAL POSITION
45
The Reality of the Child in the Womb
47
What Should We Do If We Are in Doubt?
123
THE LEGAL QUESTION
131
The Legal Status ProChoice and ProLife
133
The Role of Government
137
Other Significant Legal Aspects
143
The Hard Cases Rape Life of the Woman Severe Deformities
149
CONCLUDING TOPICS
163
Safety Issues
165

Abortion Means Killing This Child
61
Abortion Causes Pain to the Child
75
The Dignity of the Human Person
81
FURTHER MORAL CONSIDERATIONS
87
Some ProChoice Replies to ProLife Claims
89
When Does a Person Begin to Exist?
105
Other Approaches
117
Going Beyond Abortion The Unity Way
177
Ultimate Issues
183
Notes
195
Works Cited
205
Index
209
About the Authors
215
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Stephen D. Schwarz is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Rhode Island, where he started teaching in 1963. He continues teaching on a part-time basis, including ethics and the philosophy of the human person. The present book developed from lectures and discussions on abortion in his ethics classes over the last 30 years or so. He studied philosophy at Fordham University under Dietrich von Hildebrand and Balduin Schwarz, his father. He received his BA and MA at Fordham and his Ph. D. at Harvard and he is the author of The Moral Question of Abortion (Chicago: Loyola Press, 1990).
Kiki Latimer collaborated with Stephen Schwarz in the production of this book. She wrote the opening section, “Oh my God, I’m pregnant.” She has served as his teaching assistant in ethics and other classes over the last 25 years. She received her BA in speech communication and psychology, with a minor in philosophy from the University of Rhode Island; she graduated Summa cum Laude. She served as executive director at Woman-to-Woman, a pregnancy advising agency for 20 years. She is the author of three children’s books: Islands of Hope (Coconut Creek, FL: Educa Vision, Inc., 2009), The WaterFireDuck (Coconut Creek, FL: Educa Vision, Inc., 2009), Bubble Butt! (Coconut Creek, FL: Educa Vision, Inc., 2010) www.kikilatimer.com

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