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Nursing Ethics by Nisha Clement

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Chapter 23

Abortion

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
  1. Definition and the various types of abortion
  2. Issues in abortion
  3. Ethical principles in abortion
  4. Historical beliefs about abortion
  5. Religious beliefs concerning abortion
  6. Ethical dilemmas in abortion
23.1 INTRODUCTION

Abortion is one of the most sensitive bioethical ethical issues in under-developed countries, especially among the illiterates. It is an evil and considered to be a sin in Roman Catholic religion. Abortion is the conscious killing or termination of a viable foetus against law and justice. Many foetuses are killed or made to be killed mercilessly for many reasons that are unethical. It is a burning ethical issue and every nurse should be well aware of and have a thorough understanding about ...

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