Abortion, Contraception, and Responsible SexualityUnder Construction

Abortion remains one of the most controversial issues in the United States today. The following resources are intended to provide information that will help in making thoughtful, well-informed decisions about both the morality and the legality of abortion.  Every attempt is made to present opposing sides in the best light possible, not necessarily slanting the presentation in favor of one or the other. 

Abortion is one fo those issues in which we see thoughtful, well-informed individuals of good will differing fundamentally about the morality of this practice.  It is important for us as a society to realize that those with whom we disagree on this issue are not necessarily ill-willed or ill-informed: there are good, smart people of good will who see abortion very differently from one another. 

The fifth edition of this book includes a new section on the ethics of contraception, for I suspect the principal answer to this problem is reduction in the number of women who want an abortion.  The common ground is a society in which all children are conceived in love and brought into this world with joy.  As the number of un planned pregnancies goes down, so too does the number of abortions.

In addition, this chapter now tries to frame the issue of aborttion within the larger framework of responsible sexuality.  Abortion typically arises when things have gone wrong and is often seen as the last choice.  No one sets out tp have an abortion for its own sake--it presents itself as a possible answer to a problem. Often that problem is related to not using contraceptives or having contraceptives fail.  Sometimes it is related to changing circumstances--a divorce, loss of a job, dramatically increasing obligations to other family members.  And sometimes it is due to the discovery of unwanted fetal abnormalities, such as Tay-Sachs or cystic fibrosis.