MCDB 150 - Lecture 23 - Biology and History of Abortion

Lecture 23 - Biology and History of Abortion

Overview

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.

Resources

Assignment

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

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