Abortion : The Arguments for Choice

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Abortion is a safe and common operation. Most countries allow liberal access to abortion in the early weeks of pregnancy and in Britain four women in every ten will have an abortion at some time in their lives. Yet abortion remains deeply controversial and is a subject of heated political, social and ethical debate. This book examines how the anti-choice lobby, although it remains a minority, has become increasingly influential in recent years. The author explores how, through a sophisticated battery of arguments intended to undermine public confidence in abortion law and practice, the anti-choice movement is now pressing claims that concern even those who are disposed to support reproductive rights. She exposes and refutes inaccuracies in the claims of the pro-life movement and clarifies the facts of the arguments, covering the clinical, legal and ethical, and social issues.show more

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 135 x 215mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • reading list, index
  • 0745311539
  • 9780745311531

Table of contents

Part 1 Clinical issues: why do women have abortions; what happens during an abortion; does an abortion damage women physically; does abortion damage women mentally; does the foetus feel pain. Part 2 Legal and ethical issues: when does life begin; does the foetus have rights; does support for abortion lead to infanticide; do we need laws to regulate abortion. Part 3 Social issues: does abortion for foetal abnormality encourage discrimination against the disabled; does abortion in cases of sex selection encourage sexism; should men have a right to decide too; what happens when an abortion is illegal.show more

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