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PHIL 140 -Abortion

PHIL 140 -Abortion - Ancient Attitudes Abortion was...

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Ancient Attitudes Abortion was practice in Greek times and in the Roman Era Soranos felt that abortion is necessary only if it threatens the mothers life more Ancient religion did not restrict abortions The Hippocratic Oath Medical Oath from the Father of Medicine: “I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and in like manner I will not give to a woman a pessary to produce abortion” For the Pythagoreans, it was a matter of dogma –for them, ‘the embryo was animate from the moment of conception, and abortion meant destruction of a living being’ The Common Law Abortion performed before “quickening” is legal Question: At which point is the embryo or fetus recognized as a human being It appears doubtful that abortion was ever firmly established as a common law crime The American Law 3 reasons to explain the enactment of criminal abortion laws o 1. Abortion encourages sexual conduct. o 2. Abortion mortality was high, especially because antiseptic techniques were not as advanced back then.
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