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dc.contributor.advisorMeynell, Hugo A.
dc.contributor.authorSpivak, Gael
dc.date.accessioned2005-07-21T22:22:07Z
dc.date.available2005-07-21T22:22:07Z
dc.date.issued1988
dc.identifier.citationSpivak, G. (1988). The Role of religion in the abortion debate (Unpublished master's thesis). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. doi:10.11575/PRISM/12031en_US
dc.identifier.isbn0315466669en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1880/24203
dc.descriptionBibliography: p. 126-139.en
dc.description.abstractThe argument which claims that the anti-abortion position has a merely religious basis has strong appeal in North America, where the separation of church and state is highly valued. This thesis will seek to investigate nonreligious arguments against abortion which can be used by Christians, non-Christians, and atheists, thus showing that the assertion that anti-abortion arguments are merely religious, and therefore irrelevant to legislation, can be challenged. I will examine the central question debate: whether or not the fetus is in the abortion a person. An examination of the concepts of personhood indicates that the fetus is not a person, but neither are many ex-utero humans whom we choose to protect from harm. If we protect human non-persons from death, excepting those who lack any potential to be persons, such as brain-dead humans, it would follow from already existing laws and ideals that the life of the fetus should not be taken. This would constitute a non-religious argument that could, nonetheless, be put forth by a Christian. I will go on to examine how philosophical, non religious arguments against abortion may be applied by the Christian within his or her particular religious framework. I will argue that these arguments need not jeopardize, and may even enhance, a Christian's acting out her faith in the private sphere. The Christian may have a religious obligation to help women with unwanted pregnancies, an obligation which can be justified by the example of Jesus as well as the commandment to love one's neighbor as oneself. The aid could take the form of psychological, and financial and legal assistance. The Christian may also need to change his attitude towards women who become unwillingly pregnant, especially unmarried women.
dc.format.extentvii, 139 leaves ; 30 cm.en
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rightsUniversity of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.
dc.subject.lccHQ 767.2 S64 1988en
dc.subject.lcshAbortion - Religious aspects
dc.subject.lcshAbortion - Moral and ethical aspects
dc.titleThe Role of religion in the abortion debate
dc.typemaster thesis
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Calgaryen
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.11575/PRISM/12031
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
thesis.degree.nameMA
thesis.degree.disciplineReligious Studies
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Calgary
dc.identifier.lccHQ 767.2 S64 1988en
dc.publisher.placeCalgaryen
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ucalgary.thesis.uarcreleaseyen
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ucalgary.thesis.accessionTheses Collection 58.002:Box 675 520535144


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University of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.