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Title: The question of whether abortion is justified in exceptional circumstances
Authors: Farrugia, Tiziana
Keywords: Abortion -- Moral and ethical aspects
Reproductive rights
Pregnancy -- Complications
Issue Date: 2015
Abstract: The aim of this dissertation is to prove that abortion should be justified when the mother has the right reasons, especially in the case where a pregnant woman is faced with a medical threat such as an invasive cervical cancer. Three other options, besides a direct abortion, will be proposed. These are the option of an indirect abortion; the option of withholding treatment until after delivery; and the option of continuing with the pregnancy whilst giving treatment. Each option will be compared to that of a direct abortion so as to demonstrate how this option is the best one in the given circumstances. One of the main principles which I will be discussing in this dissertation is the Principle of Double Effect. I will also be mentioning various other arguments like Judith Jarvis Thompson’s people-seed argument. I will also discuss a number of ethical considerations related to the foetus and abortion. Such arguments would include personhood, reproductive rights, foetal pain and whether abortion is to be considered as a form of ‘killing’.
Description: B.A.(HONS)PHIL.
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacArtPhi - 2015

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