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Healthcare Profession's Legal and Moral Stance on Abortion

What stance should a healthcare professional have on abortion, legally and morally, and why?

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Health care professionals should be dedicated to the preservation and protection of human life. Abortion is the spontaneous or artificially induced expulsion of the embryo or fetus from the womb. As we know, spontaneous abortions, (miscarriages) are a natural part of the life cycle. Health care professionals should take all reasonable steps within their capabilities to prevent miscarriages. Nevertheless, in many cases, spontaneous abortions cannot be avoided.

On the other hand, artificially induced abortions -- whether surgically induced or chemically induced -- are not the natural part of the life cycle, and can be avoided.

It is important to understand that -- at least in the U.S. -- the Roe v. Wade decision (410 U.S. 113, 1973) determined that a fetus in the first trimester was not considered a "person" under the law, and therefore, not protected in law as a "person." As any knows who has studied law, a "person" is a "body" -- not a ...

Solution Summary

A clearly articulated and reasoned position paper on the healthcare profession's legal and moral stance on abortion is taken. References are provided (Roe v. Wade and the Center for Disease Control). Are unborn babies persons? If not, what are they? What is a "person"? 601 words.

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