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Abortion in American History Until nineteenth century, woman could choose to end pregnancy. By 1900, abortion was banned 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision made abortion legal in the first and second trimesters, but states allowed to prohibit third trimester abortion except when it posed threat to woman’s health
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Abortion in American History July 1989, in Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, it was ruled that states could impose restrictions on abortion when federal or state funds involved. July 1992, in Planned Parenthood v. Casey , the Court imposed further restrictions on abortion, but also endorsed woman’s right to choice
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Abortion and Federal & State Funding
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Abortion in American History In June 2000, Stenberg v. Carhart, the Court ruled that the Nebraska statute outlawing a procedure (“partial birth”) imposed undue burden on the woman because it illegally limits woman’s right to have abortion.
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Abortion Hippocratic Oath” “ I will not give a woman an abortive remedy” Ethical issue of abortion has social implications. If abortion is morally impermissible, then shouldn’t we reassess Roe v. Wade?
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Who counts morally? Kantianism: Persons differ fundamentally from other things because of their autonomy (including other sentient beings) Utilitarianism: Persons are not strikingly different from at least other sentient organisms
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Abortion Definition: Abortion is the termination of the life of a fetus (where it includes zygote, embryo and fetus proper). In abortion debates, two basic principles come into conflict -life principle -principle of freedom Another important issue: when does life begin?
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1.Conservative view: abortion is never-or almost-never-permissible. 2. Liberal view: abortion is always
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This note was uploaded on 06/25/2009 for the course PHIL 2450 taught by Professor Sethi,n during the Spring '09 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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