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Volume 28 • Number 1

January 2014



Abortion and Moral Perception

by Shlomo Cohen

Certain US states are considering laws—and others have already passed laws—that request pregnant women seeking abortion to view an ultrasound of the fetus before undergoing the procedure. Support or opposition to such measures is usually determined by one's support or opposition to abortion. While this in itself is not unreasonable, such partisan division tends to overlook interesting ethical questions that the option of watching fetal ultrasound (FU) before abortion raises. It may seem that in discussions of abortion, everything has been said already; but the issue of watching FU brings into focus new perspectives that have not received sustained ethical discussion. This paper will review the central ethical parameters of that discussion. While this is an ethical analysis, it provides necessary background for policy and legislation.

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ISSN: 2152-0542