Lesson 7: Maternal / Fetal Relations (Lecture 10)
- Feminism has a set of significant values that have brought about many advances for women and for society. What are they?
- What are the features that distinguish equity feminism from equality feminism?
- The United States Supreme Court decisions Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton have had a significant influence on defining the maternal fetal relationship. Describe and evaluate those provisions.
- Describe pregnancy as a relationship between two developing human beings.
- Examine and evaluate the justification for abortion from the perspective of a gender equity feminist. Describe and evaluate the justification for abortion from the perspective of a gender equality feminist.
- Read the Introduction and Directives 48-54 in Part Four, "Issues in Care for the Beginning of Life", of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. What guidelines are set down there to assist pregnant women and their children?
- The Principle of Double Effect is used to sort out complex moral issues some of which arise in pregnancy. Among those issues are the rare but real risk to the life of the mother and the occasional need of a pregnant woman to receive medical treatment necessary for the continuation of her life and health. How is the Principle of Double Effect to be applied in these instances?
- Abortion is sometimes suggested as a remedy for fetal deformity. Evaluate this remedy. In your evaluation consider the distinction between a condition of disability and a condition incompatible with life.
- Abortion is sometimes suggested as a remedy for a pregnancy that resulted from rape or incest. Evaluate this proposed solution and its application to human beings who might become disabled at some time in the course of their life.
- Examine and evaluate the issues for pregnant women and companies who would employ them in the contemporary cultural milieu.