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Ethics by Y. V. Satyanarayana

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The Problem of Abortion

The problem of abortion has been a hotly debated issue, more so than any other contemporary social issue in the field of moral philosophy. In recent years, public issues have become matters of philosophical concern and philosophers belonging to various countries have started showing keen interest in resolving issues of public debate. The controversies concerned with the problem of abortion are essentially philosophical, requiring clarity about certain basic issues involved with this problem. The ethical acceptability of abortion discussions mainly revolves around two issues—(1) the biological development of a human foetus and its moral status, and (2) the various reasons offered to seek an abortion and justification ...

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