THEME 11: ETHICS
Ethics is the study of right and wrong
Abortion is a personal choice and a right all girls and women have in Norway. That does not mean it’s an easy choice to make.
But abortion is not solely a women’s issue. It is basically a human rights issue. It’s about the relationship between fetal rights and women’s rights.
The woman’s right to choose is not just about the right to decide over her own body, but also the rest of her life.
Is one able to take responsibility for another human being?
Does one wish to take responsibility for another human being?
Approximately 35% of all women in Norway have experienced an abortion. That means that it is an action that has made its mark in many women’s lives and perhaps in many families. Yet it is a topic that few people talk about.
Some may regret the abortion. Many regret that they did not use contraception. Most people who have had an abortion is relieved that it’s over and do not regret the surgery. That does not mean that they don’t remember.
And what about fathers?
Could the child’s father feel that he ” had an abortion”?
Ethical issues affects the fundamental values of human life.
It is not easy to give simple answers to complicated questions.
Try, however, to discuss the following issues:
• Is it right that women should be in charge of decisions concerning the fetus in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy?
• Should one person be able to decide the fate of what could become another person?
• When does a life begin?
• When is a fetus a person?
• Why does the law say 12 weeks?
• Is abortion murder?
• When occurs human dignity?
• At conception?
• At the fetal maturation into a full human being?
• At birth?
• Is it right to put a child into the world of young people who feel they can not take responsibility as parents?
• Is it reasonable to expect that their parents stick up and take responsibility for the child?