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Ph 116 2-14-2011 Abortion Perspectives Malcom Potts MB Bchir PhD FRCOG Abortion is common Abortion rate/1000 women age 15-44 Global 35/1000 Developed countries 39/1000 Developing countries 34/1000 “This implies a lifetime average of about one abortion per woman” - Alan Guttmacher Institute, Sharing responsbilities: Women, Society and Abortion Worldwide 1999. Abortion deaths / 100000 Unsafe Abortions: Africa: 700, South-east asia 280 Safe abortion: Europe and north America .5 to 1.2 When does life begin? Fertilization is process found in other animals and plants: 'life' is so broad it is meaningless Most people put a special value on our own species The major world religions believe in some divine essence/soul/spirit Religious beliefs cannot be proved or disproved by embryologists In any society that separates church and state and value religious tolerance safe abortion must be freely available: the Ethic of Reciprocity often called “golden rule” simply states that we are to treat
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This note was uploaded on 11/13/2011 for the course PB HLTH 116 taught by Professor Plotts during the Spring '11 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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