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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

Abortion: A Fusion of Philosophical, Scientific, and Religious Perspectives

Abortion is the termination of pregnancy. A simple definition that becomes instantly complicated when attempting to interpret various standpoints. Philosophers, scientists, and religious leaders alike have been deliberating numerous viewpoints since the beginning of time. Developmental advances have led to more discussions in deciding the moral righteousness regarding this issue. This paper begins to examine the viewpoints of the present and past. Don Marquis, Mark T. Brown, and F.M. Kamm present their intricate positions regarding the moral status of the topic. The scientific aspects of the metabolic, genetic, embryological, and neurological views on abortion are presented in this paper. To simplify this issue would require one to deem specific religious and social beliefs as well as scientific interpretations indefinitely accurate-an act which has not been accomplished in over two thousand years of debate.

Presenter: Laura Schiraldi (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Philosophy
Location: 30 Hartwell
Time: 10:45 am (Session II)