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  Abortion: Definition and Links by Encyclopedian.com
"Abortion," in its most commonly used sense, refers to the deliberate early termination of pregnancy, resulting in the death of the embryo or fetus.
Medically, the term also refers to the early termination of a pregnancy by natural causes ("spontaneous abortion" or miscarriage, which ends 1 in 5 of all pregnancies, usually within the first 13 weeks) or to the cessation of normal growth of a body part or organ.
For the earliest terminations (before nine weeks or so) a chemical abortion[?] is the usual method, the drug mifepristone is usually the only legal method although research has uncovered similar effects from methotrexate[?] and misoprostol[?].
www.encyclopedian.com /ab/Abortion.html   (449 words)

Medically, the term also refers to the early termination of a pregnancy by natural causes ("spontaneous abortion" or miscarriage, which ends 1 in 5 of all pregnancies, usually within the first 13 weeks) or to the cessation of normal growth of a body part or organ.
For the earliest terminations (before nine weeks or so) a chemical abortion[?] is the usual method, the drug mifepristone is usually the only legal method although research has uncovered similar effects from methotrexate[?] and misoprostol[?].
As the fetus size increases other techniques must be used to secure abortion in the third trimester, premature expulsion of the fetus can be induced with prostaglandin, this can be coupled with injecting the amniotic fluid with saline or urea solution.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/fe/Feticide.html   (253 words)

 PC(USA) - Presbyterian 101 - Abortion
The committee [on problem pregnancies and abortion] agreed that there are no biblical texts that speak expressly to the topic of abortion, but that taken in their totality the Holy Scriptures are filled with messages that advocate respect for the woman and child before and after birth.
Abortion is not morally acceptable for gender selection only or solely to obtain fetal parts for transplantation.
The previous except and the areas of substantial agreement on the issue of abortion have been the cornerstone for “the atmosphere of open debate and mutual respect for a variety of opinions” over the past 30 years.
www.pcusa.org /101/101-abortion.htm   (1224 words)

 The Life Information Charitable Trust - Moral Relativism
Moral relativism teaches that there are no absolute moral truths...what is true for you may not necessarily be true for me. It believes and teaches there is no right or wrong, good or bad.
By accepting the doctrine of moral relativism, those who could obtain power could justify state-sponsored murder and plunder by pointing out that since morals don’t really exist and are merely a product of one’s class or upbringing, there is no moral argument against the state version of murder and plunder.
Abortion advocates sometimes use the argument that "If you don't like abortion then don't have one." It is a contradiction to request opponents to abortion to stop trying to force their beliefs on others while at the same time claiming that "they have a right to believe what they want to believe."
www.life.org.nz /abortionethicalkeyissuesmoralrelativism.htm   (1061 words)

 ELCA Social Statement on Abortion
Induced abortion, the act of intentionally terminating a developing life in the womb, is one of the issues about which members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have serious differences.
An abortion is morally responsible in those cases in which continuation of a pregnancy presents a clear threat to the physical life of the woman.
In its advocacy regarding these issues, this church should exert every effort to see that the needs of those most directly affected, particularly the pregnant woman and the life in her womb, are seriously considered in the political process.
www.elca.org /socialstatements/abortion   (4084 words)

 Summary of Findings: Abortion and Rights of Terror Suspects Top Court Issues
Abortion is a major issue for those at either end of the political spectrum, but it also is viewed as very important by younger women.
A plurality (41%) thinks abortion is wrong in some circumstances; 29% feel abortion is morally wrong in nearly all circumstances; and about a quarter (26%) believe that abortion is not a moral issue.
Regardless of their views on the legality of abortion, most Americans (59%) believe it would be a good thing to reduce the number of abortions.
people-press.org /reports/display.php3?ReportID=253   (3439 words)

The reason abortion is moral is very simple, although its implications are complex: forcing any woman to have a child she doesn't want is harmful to the woman and all of society.
We must move abortion from a single issue and show how it is interwoven with many core issues: violence, poverty, quality of life, the stresses on and breakdown of the family, as well as conscious reproduction, and democracy.
Abortion is such a volatile issue in part because it erodes the very underpinnings of the old moral order.
www.rit.org /editorials/abortion/morality.html   (679 words)

 Legal Abortion: Arguments Pro & Con
Pro-abortionists are turning the abortion issue into a religious was by saying that the opposition to abortion comes from religious groups trying to foist their beliefs on the nation.
Abortion is a religious issue, because the basis of opposition to abortion is the theological question of when personhood begins.
Abortion should not be permitted for rape because it is wrong to punish a child for the sin of the father.
www.choicematters.org /articles/procon.html   (3830 words)

 Abortion debate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Abortion up to the third trimester should be legal; abortion in the third trimester (so-called late-term abortion) should be illegal.
Abortion in the first trimester (or before the embryo or fetus is viable outside the womb) should be legal; abortion after that time should be illegal.
Abortion should always be illegal, except in some special circumstances—for example, when the woman's long-term health or life is at stake, when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, or when the infant has no long-term viability, or is likely to be born severely disabled.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Abortion,_legal_and_moral_issues   (6138 words)

Abortion has become a focal point of the fundamentalist element all over the world because, unlike other issues that reveal their harshness, the pro-life verbiage gives them tremendous leverage.
Abortion is commonly portrayed as a very difficult, painful choice and a regrettable, unfortunate act, implying that anyone who doesn't feel bad or at least conflicted about it is morally lacking.
Presenting abortion in a positive light as an inherently moral act is almost taboo--although thankfully the taboo is being brokenas in Abortion: A Positive Decision by Patricia Lunneborg and the seminal Abortion and Womans Choicae by Rosalind Petchesky, which treats the abortion issue in great depth.
www.rit.org /editorials/abortion/moralwar.html   (6340 words)

 CNN.com - Elections 2006
Moral issues sometimes drive voters to the polls not only to support or oppose a candidate, but also to make their voices heard on dozens of ballot measures dealing with issues like same-sex marriage.
Abortions is a personal matter and NO BODY else should be allowed to know because it's a personal matter and a choice that has to be made between two people.
These moral issues are trotted out every election to motivate Christian Conservatives and other who seek to impose their value system on the majority of Americans.
www.cnn.com /ELECTION/2006/special/issues/caucus/moral.issues.html   (5076 words)

 ifeminists.com > editorial > Abortion: A Moral Quagmire
Legally, I believe in the right of every human being to medically control everything under his or her own skin.
Morally speaking, my doubts have become so extreme that I could not undergo the procedure past the first trimester and I would attempt to dissuade friends from doing so.
The murder of "abortion" doctors is in the news with the current trial of anti-abortion militant James Kopp, accused of murdering Dr.
www.zetetics.com /mac/ifeminists/2002/0611.html   (886 words)

 The Abortion Debate--Chapter Seventeen, Debate Handbook
That is not the major issue affecting the elderly; and stressing it as a kindred issue, only serves to trivialize the effect of legalized abortion, as well as demonstrate serious insensitivity to another real problem.
While the moral issue may be basically the same, there are, in fact, other possible issues there; and the Conservative debating against abortion--whether he be an anti-abortion purist or not--needs to understand such issues.
It is important to emphasize late term abortion issues first, not only because the Conservative position there has the more general potential support; but also because, in obtaining that support, one establishes certain essential precepts vital to the wider issue, while undermining the assumptions of the pro-abortionist.
pages.prodigy.net /krtq73aa/abort.htm   (4765 words)

 PORTUGAL: Voters to Decide on Legal Abortion in Referendum
Abortion trials have gone to the extreme of showing televised images of poor women, shamed and humiliated before the judge and the cameras, enjoying no respect at all for their privacy.
In Ireland, abortion is illegal except when there is a "real and substantial risk" to the life of the mother, while in Poland it is illegal unless the health of the mother or unborn child is in danger.
In Spain, meanwhile, abortion is legal up to 12 weeks in cases of rape, a deformed fetus, or danger to the mother's life or mental health.
www.ipsnews.org /news.asp?idnews=35170   (1429 words)

 Safe, Legal Abortion?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
* A 28 year old victim of a botched legal abortion, naked from the waist down, unwrapped, was forced to stand outside of a Washington D.C. abortion center and wait for an employee to drive her to a hospital.
During an abortion the mouth of the womb, the cervix, is forcibly stretched open.
Women Exploited By Abortion (WEBA) was formed to help women overcome being silenced by their shame and to illuminate the reality of abortion as an assault on women at every level of their existence.
www.forerunner.com /forerunner/X0476_Safe_Legal_Abortion.html   (2705 words)

 BBC - Religion and Ethics - Abortion
The abortion debate asks whether it can be morally right to terminate a pregnancy before normal childbirth.
Some think that abortion is right when the mother's life is at risk.
Others think that there is a range of circumstances in which abortion is morally acceptable.
www.bbc.co.uk /religion/ethics/abortion/index.shtml   (73 words)

 Moral Issues
Today’s American Society is confronted by many moral issues such as abortion, sexual orientation, and birth control.
The Islamic Institute hopes to play a vital role in overcoming the many moral challenges facing American society by participating in the various debates concerning moral issues and values in America.  To this end, the institute endeavors to formulate opinions that are consistent with Islamic teachings.
Abortion is acceptable at any time during the first four months beginning with the last menstrual period.
www.islamicinstitute.org /publications/moral1.htm   (736 words)

 Hillary Clinton's anti-abortion strategy. - By William Saletan - Slate Magazine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Fifteen years ago, when legal abortion in this country was in doubt, pro-choice Democrats framed abortion laws as big government to turn libertarian voters against pro-life Republicans.
Now that abortion's legality seems more secure, it's harder to scare libertarians about government in their bedrooms.
She knows that most people who oppose abortion think it should be allowed for rape victims, because these victims didn't choose to have sex.
slate.msn.com /id/2112712   (1253 words)

 Religion and Law - Educate yourself about United States laws and legal issues
Religion is commonly defined as a group of beliefs concerning the supernatural, sacred, or divine, and the moral codes, practices, values, institutions, and rituals associated with such belief.
Direct church-state issues also arise, currently including the question of whether or not school vouchers should be used to help parents pay for education at religious schools, and the status of the faith-based initiatives of Presidents like George W. Bush.
The modern legal concept of religious freedom as the union of freedom of belief and freedom of worship with the absence of any state-sponsored religion, originated in the United States of America.
www.explaininglaw.com /religion   (2158 words)

 Southpaw: Legal Issues Archives
But some legal experts outside the administration, including some who served previously in the intelligence agencies, said the administration had pushed the presidential-powers argument beyond what was legally justified or prudent.
Abortion, for example, is offstage, it is off the democratic stage, it is no use debating it, it is unconstitutional.
Legally, Chertoff used precedence of war to justify a significant change in the law.
southpaw.goodshow.net /archives/cat_legal_issues.html   (10646 words)

 DB’s Medical Rants » Legal issues
The crucial issue in deciding whether one would want to intervene to keep her alive is whether there is, as one bioethicist put it to me, “anyone home.” Her parents, who see her often, believe that there is. The husband maintains that there is no one home.
But Janet Reno overturned this interpretation and issued one of her own in a letter to Representative Henry Hyde (R., Ill.), in which she stated that Oregon doctors who prescribed controlled substances for use in assisted suicide would not be prosecuted — so long as the doctors followed the guidelines established by the Oregon law.
George Shultz, former secretary of state, long ago called for legalization, but he was not running for office, and at his age, and with his distinctions, he is immune to slurred charges of indifference to the fate of children and humankind.
medrants.com /index.php/archives/category/legal-issues   (11174 words)

 ‘Roe’ Reality Check: The New Abortion Debate - Newsweek Politics - MSNBC.com
March 6, 2006 issue - At first glance, it appeared that the forces of the pro-life movement were on the march last week.
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case on partial-birth abortions, and the betting was that the justices would uphold a federal law that bans the controversial procedure.
The question of abortion is much more ambiguous than the louder voices on either side of the pro-life/pro-choice divide are willing to admit.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/11569379/site/newsweek   (643 words)

 Amazon.com: Creation and Abortion: A Study in Moral and Legal Philosophy: Books: Frances Myrna Kamm   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Most discussion of abortion has assumed that this view is correct, and so has focused on the question of the personhood of the fetus.
She goes on to consider the case for the permissibility of abortion in many types of pregnancies, including ones resulting from rape, voluntary pregnancy, and pregnancy resulting from a voluntary sex act, even if the fetus is considered a person.
Kamm explores the implications of this argument for informed consent to abortion; responsibilities in pregnancy that is not aborted, and the significance of extra-uterine gestation devices for the permissibility of abortion.
www.amazon.com /Creation-Abortion-Study-Moral-Philosophy/dp/0195072847   (1169 words)

 Current Issues
This essay explores the reason abortion is such an emotionally volatile subject, as well as biblical and medical reasons it is wrong, concluding with some personal stories dealing with handicaps.
After skirting the basic issues, and wrangling with effects rather than causes, one reporter said that in ten or fifteen years it would be "no man's land out there".
Legalized abortion has led to the sale of fetal tissue and eventually to legalized euthanasia.
www.leaderu.com /menus/issues.html   (9398 words)

 Kearl's Guide to the Sociology of Death: Moral Debates
For instance, when asked whether a pregnant woman should be able to get a legal abortion if her pregnancy would force her to interrupt her career, only 25% said yes--down from 37% in 1989.
With the conclusion of this anniversary year, studies of The Alan Guttmacher Institute found a decrease in the number of abortion providers in the United States and reported the lowest abortion rate since 1975.
Although the total number of abortions --1.6 million a year-- performed in the United States and the rate of abortions among American women has remained relatively constant, more married women are getting abortions, according to recent surveys.
www.trinity.edu /~mkearl/death-5.html   (1449 words)

 Medical, Legal, and Ethical Issues Regarding Therapeutic Abortion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
News media covering abortion often bring attention to special circumstances in which a mother requires an abortion to save her life.
Rather, visitors of various political and moral perspectives should be able to learn more about the complex issues regarding a specific type of abortion -- therapeutic abortion.
Importantly, therapeutic abortion refers to more than just cases in which the mother requires an abortion to save her life.
www.providence.edu /polisci/students/therapeutic_abortion/index.html   (203 words)

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