Student researcher: Those people – from providers through politicians – have no morals whatsoever. The industry is disgusting. I can never support abortion…

…a student asked me what she should write about for her Ethics paper (Master’s course).  After 15 minutes of discussion, we hit on abortion.  ”I support a women’s right to choose,” she said. ”Great,” I said, “very personal issue, and entirely your call.  But do this for me … research both sides without bias.  Write out both arguments as dispassionately as you can.  Then apply our ethical models to each side in waves.  The first wave is meant to destroy the argument; the second wave to find support for it.  Then bring it together in a final analysis leading to your conclusion.”

She came back to me at the end of the semester.  ”I’m appalled,” she said.  And I could tell she was upset.  ”Talk to me,” I encouraged.  ”The hardest part of this paper was trying to support abortion.  I don’t think I did a good job.  Those people – from providers through politicians – have no morals whatsoever.  The industry is disgusting.  I can never support abortion, and that was the last thing I expected when I started this research.”

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