Include the following in your presentation:Description of the issue of controversy.Discussion of how a feminist or postcolonialist (or both) would describe the roots of the problem.Discussion of the political or ethical theories that are in evidence in the controversy.Your proposed solution to the problem based on the readings and your own research.Description of why you think your approach would solve the problem better than current approaches.Cite at least two peer-reviewed sources and include a reference list at the end of the presentation.Provide detailed speaker notes.Here is my proposal from week six: Week Six Proposal.docxWeek Six Proposal
A current issue of controversy is abortion, which has polarized the national community
and is a current hot topic in the Presidential debates. Two groups of abortion include the people
who are pro-life who believe that there is a right to life before conception. This is based on moral
and ethical issues as well as religious implications. The opposing group believes that life does
not begin until after the baby is born and that the family has the right to choose.
A feminist would describe the roots of this problem as based in the woman’s reproductive
right to choose. A woman should have the right to their body and their health and that they
should the freedom to choose their own life (Schoen, 2000). This is also evident in rape and
incest cases where many feel that abortion needs to be an option after an involuntary event where
a woman did not have the right to her own body.
Political and ethical theories that are evident in this controversy include deontological
and consequentialism (Canario, 2011). Those who are pro-abortion may follow consequentialism
because they are concerned about the consequences of the abortion (or not having an abortion),
which may mean health issues for the mother, sustaining a family that a parent can clearly not
take care or long term issues of care for the child. Those who are anti-abortion can be seen as
being deontological because they believe that the mother has a moral duty to society and to their
religion or other beliefs that the child’s life is valuable and ending conception would be unethical
or immoral.
My own proposed solution to the problem would be to appease both groups by allowing
abortion only in cases of extreme suffering, health issues for the mother and child as well as rape
or incest cases where the pregnancy was involuntary. I would also limit the term in which a
mother can get an abortion. I believe that this would appease the feminist groups by providing
solutions where a woman did not have control over their body as well as maximize the “good”
for the society, under utilitarian principles, where a member of society who is not equipped to
function may avoid a lifetime of suffering.
While the term limits for abortion are already in place in society, I believe that my
solution would be a better reconciliation of the controversy that can better appease both sides. By
adding exceptions where abortion should be legal, an anti-abortion group would be recognizing
abortion as true ethical ambiguity because technically, a life is eliminated. However, at the same
time, by allowing a woman to have an abortion based on extreme issues, you are also
recognizing abortion advocates who believe a woman should have the right to choose.
References
Canário, C., Figueiredo, B., & Ricou, M. (2011). [Abortion: legal, deontological and ethical
framework]. Acta Médica Portuguesa, 24 Suppl 4791-798.
Schoen, J. (2000). Reconceiving abortion: medical practice, women’s access, and feminist
politics before and after {Roe v. Wade}. Feminist Studies, 26(2), 349-376.

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