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When is conception?. Reflective Personal Essays (250 words) 1) State your opinion Include your feelings, opinions and thoughts 2) Support your position.

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1 When is conception?

2 Reflective Personal Essays (250 words) 1) State your opinion Include your feelings, opinions and thoughts 2) Support your position with facts and examples 3) Examine and argue an opposite point of view. Give examples and facts 4) Restate your original position and conclude TOPIC: Pro-choice vs. Pro-Life

3 What is Abortion? o Unwanted pregnancy  3 options 1) keep the baby (unexpected miracle) 2) adoption 3) Abortion  All 3 have psychological, physiological, and financial implications Abortion is becoming a more accepted option

4 Key Words? Abortion: The intentional medical removal of the contents of the uterus by various methods. Miscarriage: The natural way of losing a baby Conception The period of fertilization (when the eggs meets the sperm)

5 History of Abortion? o History (hundreds/thousands of years ago)  Egypt: crocodile dung and paste (honey/salt)  China: drank quicksilver (mercury) or swallowed 14 live tadpoles 3 days after they missed a menstrual flow  India: climbed up and down coconut palms to harm their stomachs

6 What is Abortion?  Russia: squatted over pots of boiling onions  More recently: concoctions of various substances, some poisonous  Catholic Church  (Pope Pius IX in 1869 banned abortion)  Used to be allowed until the first “kick” (when Catholics believed the soul entered the body, about 40 days)

7 What is Abortion? Became a virtual birth control method, anti-abortion movements became much more popular *especially during civil war in US (population decrease) 1973 – supreme court decision Abortion part of constitutionally guaranteed right to privacy Factions emerge: pro-life vs. pro-choice

8 When is conception? Major area of debate Stages of Development A) 8 weeks Embryo Resembles a baby Size of a kidney bean Head, nervous system, body, tiny limbs, heart

9 When is conception? B) 16 weeks 20 cm (5-7 in), 198g (5-7oz) Vital organs (lung, heart, brain) Respiratory system Urine system Arms, legs, ankles, wrists, eyes, skin Able to suck its thumb Can hear voices

10 When is conception? C) 24 weeks 30 cm (1 ft), 678g (1.5 lbs) Facial features Finger prints, footprints Hair Can open their eyes Brain/heart functioning Mothers can feel their movement

11 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 0) 1) 2) 3) 4) http://www.babycenter.com/fetal-development-week-by-week 9 months

12 Pro-Life (anti-abortion) Position: Fertilized egg is an individual human life from the moment of conception Harmless and innocent, valuable. Killing it is murder Right to life If harmless human life is permitted to be killed, then what is stopping us from taking the lives of old, deformed, or mentally ill? *Abortion should not be a birth control measure

13 Pro-Choice Position: Every woman should be free to determine whether and when to bear children no matter what her age or marital status is Embry/fetus is not a person yet, therefore abortion is not murder *Abortion should not be a birth control measure

14 Pro-Life (anti-abortion) Arguments: Murder Birth control ???

15 Pro-Choice Arguments: Choice

16 Abortion Legality Abortion is legal and free across Canada Women over 14 years old – confidential Visit 2 doctors for abortion approval Pre and post counseling sessions ** 3rd trimester abortions are typically unavailable in Quebec

17 Assignment – When is conception? Choose your point of view and explain your choice (remember logical strength) 1) Conception begins at fertilization 2) Conception/life of a baby begins when there is a heart beat and brain functioning 3) A baby is a life when it can breath outside the womb


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