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Political Science 1001 Normative Project Research DesignNormative Social Policy Issue Should women be allowed to have abortions on demand or should there be restrictions on abortion rightsValue Position There are competing values in this question the individuals right to determine what is done to her body versus the right to life Both values are critical to individual and social well being Two key questions that will determine how these value positions are reconciled are how life is to be defined in this context conception embryo to fetus birth consciousness and under what circumstances can the taking of life be justifiedMoral Judgement on Social Policy Issue It will be argued that abortion should be allowed on demand during the first eight weeks of pregnancy During the remaining 30 weeks of pregnancy abortion should be allowed only when the life of the mother is endangered andor in the case where pregnancy is the result of rape It is assumed that during the last 30 weeks the fetus has viability If a physician determines that the fetus no longer has viability abortion should be permittedIs the Moral Judgement Universally Applicable The reconciliation of rights in this moral position is to allow the rights of the individual to prevail over the right to life in the first eight weeks This suggests that the definition of life is when the embryo develops into a fetus and in viability during the last 30 weeks This judgement is therefore universally applicableIs the Moral Judgement to be Encouraged or Required The state should require the policy through a law the defines the regulation and provides civil but not criminal penalties such as fines suspensions or loss of license Further the state should provide sex pregnancy and adoption education so that women may make informed personal decisionsIs the Moral Judgement Consistently Held Against Other Circumstances Yes The position allows the taking of life even innocent life under certain circumstances This is consistent with other
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