Overview[ edit ] In ancient times, abortion, along with infanticidewas considered in the context of family planninggender selection, population control, and the property rights of the patriarch. Then, as now, these discussions often concerned the nature of man, the existence of a soul, when life begins, and the beginning of human personhood. While the practice of infanticide as a form of family planning has largely been eradicated in developed countries, birth control and abortion are still practiced; and their morality and legality continues to be debated.
Yep, the terrible Planned Parenthood abortionists found and tapped into a profitable market for fetal parts, especially intact forms.
This is the basic narrative inserted into the talking points of anti-abortion politicians these days after edited videos between Planned Parenthood representatives and imposter biomedical tissue brokers surfaced.
Ignored was the benefit fetal tissue provides to medical research.
Disregarded was the selectivity used to decide what was fit for public consumption. Much has been made of interactions that might be suspicious to outsiders of medical and scientific research environments or appeal to the emotions of the uninformed. The rest of us need to respond to this attempt by anti-abortion dogmatists to impose their view of the world into public policy.
The states that have initiated investigations based on the videos found Planned Parenthood in compliance with regulations. Even if one stateor several statesunsuccessfully takes action for political value or reject continued contracts with Planned Parenthood for health services, it would be a measurement of success for this false narrative.
Planned Parenthood will remain open to provide important health services, but there are other issues of which we should all have concern. End-of-life treatment, organ donation processes, and equality in accessing medical care are among the top ethical issues one would expect to see mentioned. Why the deception when it would have been perfectly acceptable for CMP to identify itself as abortion opponents with specific, legitimate ethical questions pertaining to abortion and fetal tissue?
Honesty and integrity are critical to discussions about ethical issues.
Would abortion clinic representatives talk openly with abortion opponents? I and many others certainly have on many occasions in our roles as reproductive healthcare professionals. Did the CMP even attempt to arrange a discussion? Why just Planned Parenthood and no other providers of elective, therapeutic, and emergency abortions?
Hospitals and other medical facilities play a significant role in tissue procurementwhich can seem quite unsavory to outsiders. Apparently deception and fabrication are a preferred method of operation within anti-abortion activism.
This is how the public at times believes that most abortions are late term. Or have murky ideas about parental consent for abortion in which it is compared to unrelated issues that are often guided by business policies, not laws.
It is no surprise that deceptive tactics were used to generate the storyline about fetal tissue procurement. It is nonetheless striking that there is not outrage about the deception, especially when ethics is the alleged target.
Clearly, acquiring and providing information about fetal tissue procurement would not generate outrage if done without the theatrics of imposter biomedical professionals and video editing skills. Do we really want topics of importance to be introduced to public discourse in this manner?
The notion that an organization like CMP, with a Postal Annex rented address no record of prior work as a nonprofit in the medical ethics arena, and leadership comprised of people connected to anti-abortion groups like Operation Rescuecan have traction in promoting political ideology as if it was credible news or journalism is frightening.
The media failed by not scrutinizing the source before doing the reporting, especially since another group, Life Dynamicsattempted to do the same in the late nineties. Because CPCs claimed that they informed women that they did not perform abortions, provided factual information, and other practices did not square with what women had shared with actual medical professionals.
A hidden camera sent in by the media with a young woman proved that the experiences of other women were accurately presented.
Speaker of the House John Boehner and those running for president, refer to the videos time and again as if they were part of a documentary. Absolutely nothing revealed in the videos is evidence of anything sinister. At worst, the videos illustrate the seeming insensitivities that can develop when people work in medical settings.Nov 17, · After days of emotional debate, lawmakers overturned an law that made abortion a criminal offense.
“History has been made,” the premier said. By RICK ROJAS. Abortion is when a woman spontaneously ends a pregnancy. There are two types of abortion: spontaneous and induced. Spontaneous abortion or miscarriage . The abortion debate is the ongoing controversy surrounding the moral, legal, and religious status of induced abortion.
The sides involved in the debate are the self-described “pro-choice” and “pro-life” movements. “Pro-choice” emphasizes the right of women to decide whether to terminate a pregnancy. A Humanist Discussion on Abortion Humanists seek to live good lives without religious or superstitious beliefs.
They use reason, experience and respect for others when thinking about moral issues, not obedience to dogmatic rules. Discussion of Abortion Abortion is the surgical termination of a pregnancy.
How odd that people are able to define something, that is such a controversial issue, so easily. Take a look at abortion from both sides of the debate, including teen pregnancy, rape and incest, stress, health concerns and complications, and ethics.