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Is the ban on Partial Birth Abortions in the USA ethical?

Summary: The Partial Birth Abortion ban act (2003) prevents a type of abortion
that involves removing a fetus through the birth canal (Collins Dictionaries,
2017). The purpose of this paper is to begin a discussion of the PBA ban
in broader ethical terms, as opposed to discussing its constitutionality. This
is because both science and the law can be presented as objective, making it
difficult to question underlying values – but it is important to do so in order
to expose power relationships in political decisions and decision-making alike.
The problem presented is that the PBA ban hinders equality. With a deontological
outlook, it hinders gender equality by disproportionately impeding
women’s bodily autonomy and not men’s, whilst simultaneously underrepresenting
women in political decision-making which means that women’s personal
autonomy is also differentially affected.

TitleIs the ban on Partial Birth Abortions in the USA ethical?
AuthorJaspreet Jagdev
ModuleHPSC3004 Dissertation
Session2017-18
LevelBSc Year 3
AssignmentThe main assignment for this class is a research project culminating in an report or 
dissertation not more than 10,000 words.
CreditAuthor
Other informationSTS academics supervise student projects in HPSC3004.
CitationJaspreet Jagdev. 2018. “Is the ban on Partial Birth Abortions in the USA ethical? ” UCL Science and Technology Studies. HPSC3004 Research Project.
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