Understanding Abortion: From Mixed Feelings to Rational Thought

Understanding Abortion: From Mixed Feelings to Rational Thought

by Stephen D. Schwarz, Kiki Latimer (With)

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Books on abortion (other than collections of readings) typically express and defend a particular position. This book gives both sides, as evenly and objectively as possible; it gets to the heart of each position, the core idea which animates it. It then leaves the reader to make up his or her own mind. It is an introduction to the issue, not only to the basic positions on the issue. Despite being brief, it contains careful analyses and discussions of many topics often not found at all in other works. The treatment is thorough and detailed, but succinct. Understanding Abortion: From Mixed Feelings to Rational Thought is aimed at all people who want a better understanding of what the two sides on this issue are really saying, and what reasons they give for their position. Many people assume that this issue is an interminable one, with “no clear answers”; a purely emotional debate that cannot be addressed by the use of reasoned arguments. The book shows that this is not the case.

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ISBN-13: 9780739167717
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 12/19/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Stephen D. Schwarz is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Rhode Island, where he started teaching in 1963. He continues teaching on a part-time basis, including ethics and the philosophy of the human person. The present book developed from lectures and discussions on abortion in his ethics classes over the last 30 years or so. He studied philosophy at Fordham University under Dietrich von Hildebrand and Balduin Schwarz, his father. He received his BA and MA at Fordham and his Ph. D. at Harvard and he is the author of The Moral Question of Abortion (Chicago: Loyola Press, 1990).
Kiki Latimer collaborated with Stephen Schwarz in the production of this book. She wrote the opening section, “Oh my God, I’m pregnant.” She has served as his teaching assistant in ethics and other classes over the last 25 years. She received her BA in speech communication and psychology, with a minor in philosophy from the University of Rhode Island; she graduated Summa cum Laude. She served as executive director at Woman-to-Woman, a pregnancy advising agency for 20 years. She is the author of three children’s books: Islands of Hope (Coconut Creek, FL: Educa Vision, Inc., 2009), The WaterFire Duck (Coconut Creek, FL: Educa Vision, Inc., 2009), Bubble Butt! (Coconut Creek, FL: Educa Vision, Inc., 2010) www.kikilatimer.com

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Part I. The Pro-Choice Moral Position
Chapter 2: The Feminist Quality of Life Argument
Chapter 3: The General Quality of Life Argument
Chapter 4: The Not-a-Person Argument
Chapter 5: the No-Duty-to-Sustain Argument
Part II. The Pro-Life Moral Position
Chapter 6: The Reality of the Child in the Womb
Chapter 7: Abortion Means Killing this Child
Chapter 8: Abortion Causes Pain to the Child
Chapter 9: The Dignity of the Human Person
Part III. Further Moral Considerations
Chapter 10: Some Pro-Choice Replies to Pro-Life Claims
Chapter 11: When does a Person Begin to Exist?
Chapter 12: Other Approaches
Chapter 13: What Should We Do if We are in Doubt?
Part IV. The Legal Question
Chapter 14: The Legal Status: Pro-Choice and Pro-Life
Chapter 15: The Role of Government
Chapter 16: Other Significant Legal Aspects
Chapter 17: The Hard Cases: Rape, Life of the Woman, Severe Deformities
Part V. Concluding Topics
Chapter 18: Safety Issues
Chapter 19: Going Beyond Abortion: The Unity Way
Chapter 20: Ultimate Issues
About the Authors

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