Abortion Case Study

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Abortion Case Study

  1. 1. Abortion: “Non” Planned Parenthood By: Allison Morris Brycon Carpenter Chloe Purpero Nikolai Beer Ian Hill
  2. 2. The Team’s Approach • Social networking to plan our meeting times • Balanced the work load evenly • Shared information via Google docs • Utilized the library as a meeting and research location
  3. 3. Abortion: What’s the big deal? • Perspectives • Pro-life • In the middle? (a large range in-between the two extremes) • Pro Choice • The key issues • What’s the reason for the big debate? • What’s influencing the decisions and stance that people take on the issue? • Stakeholders • Primary vs. Secondary? • Who’s involved? • Who should be involved? • What influence do the stakeholders have?
  4. 4. Some Background • 13th Century • abortion after five or six weeks was considered homicide, punishable by hanging.(Rich, 2013) • In the 1820s… • It was recognized that current abortion methods were resulting in high mortality rates, and the unsafe practice was outlawed for the sake of women's health.(Rich, 2013) • 1973 Roe V. Wade case • Legalize abortion in the U.S. (Abortion, 2013) • April 2007 • The Supreme Court upheld a federal law completely banning the use of late-term abortion (called "partial birth abortion" by opponents). (Rich, 2013) • March 2011 • The health care reform legislation signed into law by US President Barack Obama maintained a ban on the use of federal money for abortions
  5. 5. The “Facts” • Since 1984 the number of abortions has steadily decreased. Except for a minor increase in 2002. • Contraceptives • Religion • In 2005 1.21 million abortion were performed. (legal/recorded abortions) • From 1973 through 2005 over 45 million legal/ recorded abortions took place • 50% of women who have abortions are younger that 25 • Future • Teenagers take up 17% of all abortions performed. (Rich, 2013) • Future implications? • 70 percent, according to a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll continue to support Roe v. Wade in place, but 58 percent of those polled want some limits on the availability of the procedure. (Abortion, 2013) • Restrictions? • More than 130 anti-abortion laws in the last 2 years • Over 300 anti-abortion laws since 1995 (Abortion, 2013)
  6. 6. Data and Statistics
  7. 7. Some More data and statistics (Abortion’s in America, 2013)
  8. 8. Key Issues • Safety • Employees of abortion clinics • Human rights • Morality and ethics • Scientific definition • When should it be considered taking a life? • Between 16 and 20 weeks is a common limit for many pro-choice advocates • At conception for many pro-life advocates • Future • Unprepared for a child • Child’s future • Health • Mother’s health • Child’s health • Financial Issues • Can I support this child
  9. 9. More Key Issues • Religion • Should religion be involved? • Early Christian – The Bible • The Orthodox Church - Evangelium Vitae (John Paul II) • The Catholic Church – Thou shalt not kill • Islam – AL 'Quran • Buddhism – Dalai Lama • Hinduism – Gandhi (SPUC, 2013) • Circumstances of pregnancy (Abortion’s in America, 2013) • Rape? (1 %) • Inadequate finances (21%) • Responsibility (21%) • Woman’s future (16%) • Relationship problems (12%) • Too young (11%) • Too old (8%) • Baby’s health (3%) • Other(4%)
  10. 10. Key Stakeholders • Primary • Mother • Father • Child • Close Family • Secondary • Extended Family • Child Support Services • Community
  11. 11. What We learned? • How much the issue of abortion dated back • Be wary of the numbers you get, and always double check your sources • Surprising Information surrounding abortion regarding religion and other influences. • The reasons behind of pro-choice and pro-life advocates • Statistical/Data vs. Morality and ethical • Lots of bias in the statistics that can be misleading
  12. 12. Conclusion It seems to be that one is either completely pro-life or some variation of pro-choice. Based on that assumption the “best” options seem to be a compromise of a pro-choice law with “reasonable” restrictions. For example: a time restriction, age of the mother, circumstances of conception, and the health of the mother and baby. We found issues of morality to be a very touchy subject and nearly impossible to tackle. In an “ideal” situation if would be of the best interest to set morality aside.
  13. 13. References: Works Cited • Abortion. (2013, June 15). CQ Researcher. Retrieved from http://0- library.cqpress.com.wncln.wncln.org/cqresearcher/ • Jost, K. (2003, March 21). Abortion debates. CQ Researcher, 13, 249- 272. Retrieved from http://0- library.cqpress.com.wncln.wncln.org/cqresearcher/ • Rich, A. (2013). Abortion: An Overview. Points Of View: Abortion, 1. • http://www.spuc.org.uk/youth/student_info_on_abortion/religion? policy_check_on_input=Allow • Retrieved from http://www.operationrescue.org/about- abortion/abortions-in-america/

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