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Lecture 23 - Biology and History of Abortion

Lecture 23 - Biology and History of Abortion

This video was recorded at MCDB 150 - Global Problems of Population Growth. The idea that "life begins at conception" is not a scientific one. Since the disproof of 'spontaneous generation' (1668-1859), we have known that life only derives from life. Life arose billions of years ago and has continued since as a cycle. Assigning a beginning to a cycle (like the year) is arbitrary. The Bible describes the cycle as "Dust to Dust." Exodus describes a forced abortion as a property crime, but taking the life of the mother as a capital crime. The New Testament does not refer to abortion. Reading assignment: Mohr, James C. Abortion in America: The Origins and Evolution of National Policy, chapters 2 and 5 Luker, Kristin. Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood, pp. 92-108 Wolch, Mary Jean. "Open... Show More


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