MCDB 150 - Lecture 23 - Biology and History of Abortion
Lecture 23 - Biology and History of Abortion
The idea that "life begins at conception" is not a scientific one. Since the disproof of 'spontaneous generation' (1668-1859), we have known that life only derives from life. Life arose billions of years ago and has continued since as a cycle. Assigning a beginning to a cycle (like the year) is arbitrary. The Bible describes the cycle as "Dust to Dust." Exodus describes a forced abortion as a property crime, but taking the life of the mother as a capital crime. The New Testament does not refer to abortion.
Mohr, Abortion in America, Ch. 2, 5
Luker, Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood, pp. 92-108
Wolch, "Open Letter from a Catholic Birth Mother."
U.S. Supreme Court: Roe v. Wade, pp. 16-26
Noonan, The Morality of Abortion, pp. 1-3, 6-11
Gilbert, Developmental Biology, pp. 1-6
Perry, "A Wrongful Birth."
Tropper, "Goodbye Too Soon."
Shorto, "The War on Contraception."
Hitt, "El Salvador: Pro-Life Nation."
Barrionuevo, "Amid Abuse in Brazil, Abortion Debate Flares."
Henshaw, "Review of 'The Human Drama of Abortion.'"
Faundes, The Human Drama of Abortion, pp. 3-11, 33-41, 45-59, 72-91
Bible, Gen. 1, 3:19, 38:8; Deut. 25:5; Exod. 21:22; Luke 1:24, :26, :36; Jer. 1:4-5