Opposing Viewpoints: Abortion

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Appendix E

Critical Analysis Forms

Fill out one form for each source.

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 .

1
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.

2
Identify any examples of bias presented by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this.I believe no bias exist; he appears to show both sides of the abortion topic

Example 1: “The myth of abortion as a necessary evil has serious implications for future public debate. First, it means that abortion opponents have won the essential debate that the unborn is a human being and not mere tissue.”

Example 2: he states “Second, it means that the ideological arguments of both sides (“choice” versus “child”) often miss the much more practical concerns of Americans.

There are other examples but these are just two

3
Identify any areas that are vague or ambiguous. If none exist, explain how you determined this. I feel Mr. Forsythe was very to the point in his paper; I feel he made strong clear points.

4
Do you find the source credible? Explain your reasoning.
Yes, I believe the source to be credible. He stated his opinion but stated both sides of the argument and used good research.

5
Identify and name any rhetorical devices used by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this.No I feel there was no rhetorical devices used due to the fact he kept everything on the level and only gave to the point facts.

6
Identify and name any fallacies used by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. If any fallacy was used, I believe it would be Begging the Question due to the way he used what he called myths to make his argument

7
State one argument made by the author.“First, it means that abortion opponents have won the essential debate that the unborn is a human being and not mere tissue. In fact, the whole thrust of the "choice" argument admits this and seeks to sideline Americans' moral qualms by telling Americans that, even if it is a human life, the most that can be done is to persuade women not to have abortions.”

8
Identify the premises and conclusion of the argument.
Premises – “Instead, many Americans, therefore, may see abortion as "necessary" to avert "the back alley." In this sense, the notion of legal abortion as a "necessary evil" is based on a series of myths widely disseminated since the 1960s. These myths captured the public mind and have yet to be rebutted.”

Conclusion – “But a renewal of the public dialogue won't mean much if the people are not allowed to express the public will on this issue, as they usually do in our democratic republic. In 1973, the Supreme Court claimed hegemony over the issue and created a nationwide rule of abortion on demand, preventing democratic debate and solutions. The public policy dictated by the Supreme Court collides with majority opinion and reflects the views of only the 20 percent who are committed to abortion on demand. More than twenty-six years later, that is the main reason the pot keeps boiling.”

9
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

10
Does the author use moral reasoning? If not, explain how you determined this. Yes his whole basis and reasoning behind the project is due to his moral beliefs. I believe he used sound judgment, strong points, and stated his facts well.

Source 2 Title and Citation: Partial...
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