Opposing Viewpoints: Abortion

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Appendix E

Critical Analysis Forms

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Source 1 The “Necessary Evil” Argument Does Not Justify Abortion Forsythe, Clarke D. "The 'Necessary Evil' Argument Does Not Justify Abortion." Opposing Viewpoints: Abortion. Ed. Mary E. Williams. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2002. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Gale. Apollo Library-Univ of Phoenix. 9 Jan. 2010 .

Identify the principal issue presented by the source. The myths behind “Necessary Evil” of abortions and how referring to these abortions as “necessary evils” attempts to put minds at ease from a moral standpoint.

Identify any examples of bias presented by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. I believe no bias
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State one argument made by the author.
This procedure is closer to infanticide than it is to abortion.

Identify the premises and conclusion of the argument.
Premise – “A description of the procedure and why it is never medically necessary follows” Conclusion – “Intact D&X (partial-birth abortion) should not be performed because it is needlessly risky, inhumane, and ethically unacceptable. This procedure is closer to infanticide than it is to abortion.”

Is the author’s argument valid or invalid, sound or unsound, strong or weak? Explain how you determined this. Valid – Conclusion is proven
Sound – Premise is true
Strong – Conclusion is supported

Does the author use moral reasoning? If not, explain how you determined this. Yes, Rich Deem uses moral reasoning showing why Partial Birth Abortions should be banned through stating the steps of these abortions and how the babies feel the pain and it is dangerous for the mother. Also stating how it could not be used for mothers’ lives being endangered due to the pregnancy because of the length of time it takes to perform this practice due to the dilation process needed to take place.

Source 3 Title and Citation: A Christian Group Finds Its Place Luo, Michael. "A Christian Group Finds Its Place in the Public Schools.(Metropolitan Desk)." The New York Times. (May 24, 2006): B5(L). Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Gale. Apollo Library-Univ of


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