TITLE

MEN AND ABORTION: THREE NEGLECTED ETHICAL ASPECTS

AUTHOR(S)
Shostak, Arthur B.
PUB. DATE
February 1983
SOURCE
Humanity & Society;Feb83, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p66
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In this essay ethicality will be defined as autonomous and situational, a central guiding value that helps order human existence in terms of duty and obligation. In operational terms, then, ethicality will, be taken to involve allegiance to mutually accepted standards for direction in life, standards that are hailed by proponents as coherent, sound, justifiable, and appealing. Guided here in part by the Ethical Code of the American Sociological Association, a code which urges respect for people's integrity, dignity, and autonomy, the concept or standard of ethicality is applied in opposition to what the ASA calls the "debasing forces of vulgarization, commercialization, bureaucratization, and dehumanization." As is well known, in 1973 the Supreme Court "decriminalized" abortion and established the woman and her physician as sole decision-making parties, at least in the first trimester. After reviewing several new pieces of state legislature the Court struck down any requirement of the written consent of a husband to his wife's abortion.
ACCESSION #
11543388

 

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