Talk:Abortion debate

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Former good articleAbortion debate was one of the good articles, but it has been removed from the list. There are suggestions below for improving the article to meet the good article criteria. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
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DIscussion of Morgentaler decision in Canada[edit]

Hi, I think that the discussion of the Morgentaler decision by the Supreme Court of Canada is not accurate, because it gives an over-broad, inaccurate, description of the decision.

  • First and most important, there is no majority judgment. The Court split 5-2 to allow the appeal and hold that the provisions were unconstitutional, but there was no majority on reasons. The majority judges split 2-2-1 on the reason for striking down the abortion provision. It is therefore not appropriate to attribute reasons to the "the Court" - which in Canada, means a unanimous court.
  • Second, neither of the two quotations in the passage are accurate. The reference to ' the state has an interest in protecting the fetus "at some point" ' is only found in the judgment of Wilson J., and she is summarising the decision in Roe v Wade, not adopting that as a principle in Canadian law (see p. 169 of the Morgentaler decision). Nor does the phrase "the right to security of the person of a pregnant woman was infringed more than was required to achieve the objective of protecting the fetus, and the means were not reasonable." occur anywhere in the decision. It may be somebody's summary of the decision, but it is not backed up by a reference, leading to the conclusion that it is a statement by the Court, which is misleading.
  • Third, the Court did not "remove abortion from the Criminal Code". Only Parliament can amend the Code. The Court found that the provision was unconstitutional and therefore inoperative.

I would suggest re-wording the passage as follows:

With R v. Morgentaler, a 5–2 majority of the Supreme Court of Canada held that the abortion provisions of the Criminal Code were unconsitutional. The majority of the Court held that the abortion provisions infringed the rights of pregnant women, contary to the security of the person clause of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and could not be justified.
Mr Serjeant Buzfuz (talk) 02:30, 30 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Reconsidering fetal pain[edit]

I suggest the article should include some of the following studies in the discussion on whether fetal pain is possible before the third trimester of pregnancy or not:

- Derbyshire, Stuart WG; Bockmann, John C. (2020-01-01). "Reconsidering fetal pain". Journal of Medical Ethics. 46 (1): 3–6. doi:10.1136/medethics-2019-105701. ISSN 0306-6800. PMID 31937669.
- Pierucci, Robin (2020-08). «Fetal Pain: The Science Behind Why It Is the Medical Standard of Care». The Linacre Quarterly. 87 (3): 311-316. ISSN 0024-3639. PMC 7350116. PMID 32699441. doi:10.1177/0024363920924877. 
- Bellieni, Carlo V. (2021-05). «Analgesia for fetal pain during prenatal surgery: 10 years of progress». Pediatric Research 89 (7): 1612-1618. ISSN 1530-0447. doi:10.1038/s41390-020-01170-2.

I will wait for any response.--Potatín5 (talk) 08:07, 4 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The articles are fascinating, but I am not sure if they meet WP:MEDRS. (This is outside my area of expertise). If they don't, we can't include them. I will note that one of the sources is already in Prenatal perception. Scorpions13256 (talk) 17:12, 5 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Saying what people think[edit]

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The point of WikiPedia is not to say what people think. LeetToTheBeatMakeItRoar (talk) 13:39, 19 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

No. No such consensus was ever formed. I have no idea how you arrived at your conclusion.
Wikipedia summarizes for the reader the significant things found in the literature about a topic. Sometimes the literature includes what people think, especially prominent people. Binksternet (talk) 15:23, 19 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


One part of this article says that abortion bans do not reduce abortion rates, but another part says that restricting access to abortion increases the population. 2600:1700:5A80:2BE0:8892:8B90:FFCE:F69 (talk) 14:08, 16 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Pro life groups claim about fetal pain[edit]

Elementary simplicity: The article is titled Abortion Debate, the section is titled Fetal Pain and the addition is from Taylor & Francis publishing along with other pro life websites claiming that the fetal pain equates to torture. It's a claim that they use in their debate while there is evidence that supports both sides of the debate. Foorgood (talk) 23:57, 26 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The website sources you attempted to add calling abortion "torture" were WP:PRIMARY advocacy, which are not on their own sufficient for establishing notability or WP:DUE weight. Subsequently, you attempted to source the same claim to a WP:SECONDARY source (yes, published by Taylor & Francis). In the abstract that might be fine, but if one examines the source in question one finds that the mention of "torture" is actually a passing reference to a single billboard campaign in Chile, i.e. not at all sufficient to support the claim you're seeking to add. Generalrelative (talk) 00:20, 27 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Here is another source of a Vatican representative at the UN equating abortion to torture: What are your requirements, general?Foorgood (talk) 00:37, 27 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The requirements for inclusion are detailed in WP policy, e.g. WP:RS and WP:NPOV. The Sacramento Bee source may be promising (I couldn't read the article because of a paywall but I'll WP:AGF if you're able to read it). Notability is typically established if multiple reliable independent sources cover a topic, and in the case of an official Vatican position that should be easy to find. If on the other hand this was just an off-the-cuff remark from a Vatican representative, that is hardly encyclopedic. See also WP:10YEARTEST. Generalrelative (talk) 00:53, 27 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Here is another source, there are many: (talk) 01:41, 27 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Can you locate any other news sources besides the Sacramento Bee? The website of an advocacy organization is not typically considered a great source for reporting. Further, do you really think that this statement passes the WP:10YEARTEST? Generalrelative (talk) 01:51, 27 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yup here's an Italian news site and they are almost 9 years old so they're fine.Foorgood (talk) 02:45, 27 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
We need evidence that foetal pain occurs, not that anti-abortionists CLAIM it does. HiLo48 (talk) 02:53, 27 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
HiLo48: That would be true for the main article on abortion, but this article is about the debate, so mentioning unscientific claims is fine so long as they are regarded as significant enough to be reported on substantively by multiple reliable secondary sources. Generalrelative (talk) 03:02, 27 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
they are almost 9 years old so they're fine. I'm confused as to what you're arguing here. On first glance this just appears to be reporting from almost 9 years ago, which of course doesn't in and of itself speak to WP:10YEARTEST. If we're talking about an event that occurred long ago and hasn't continued to draw comment that's pretty solid evidence that it does not pass the test. I see that the publication did update the article in 2019 but can't see how. Can you give me some more context? Generalrelative (talk) 03:00, 27 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Two sources (Sac Bee and Italian news) which report on the same news event: ONE PERSON (the Vatican representative at UN) calling abortion torture is very WP:UNDUE considering that he is not stating the Vatican's "official" belief, which would otherwise be reported more widely. ---Avatar317(talk) 00:36, 29 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]