A Study of the Ethics of Induced Abortion in Korea
Nursing Ethics. 1999 Nov; 6(6): 506-514.
The purposes of this study were to investigate the ethical aspects of induced abortion from the viewpoint of Korean women, and to compare and contrast their ethical considerations and values with the views of western ethical scholars. The two extremes of ethical arguments about induced abortion are pro-life and pro-choice. However, the Korean women who participated in this study showed that conflicting ethical values were raised between the principle of caring and the sanctity of life or the principle of respect for the person, not between the right of self-determination and the sanctity of life. The results of the study suggest that it would be better to include the viewpoints of women in any ethical discussion on abortion in order for ethicists and health professionals to understand more fully the dimensions of moral clinical problems and be in a better position to discuss them in a practical manner.
Abortion; Attitudes; Autonomy; Caring; Case Studies; Children; Decision Making; Ethicists; Ethics; Family Planning; Females; Health; Induced Abortion; Life; Motivation; Non-Western World; Pregnant Women; Psychological Stress; Sanctity of Life; Unwanted Children; Value of Life; Values; Western World;
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