Questions about the Video File:
- What were her first thoughts when she found out she was pregnant?
- What questions popped up in her mind to make a decision regarding her pregnancy?
- What are her family backgrounds?
- How did her friend support her?
- What is the gap regarding the issue of abortion?
- Who must have the right to decide about the life of a baby before it is born? Why?
- Is abortion legal or illegal in your country?
- What do various religions say about abortion?
- What does your society think about abortion?
- Which one is worse, to have an abortion or to give birth to a baby you don't want and you don't love?
- If a woman wants to have an abortion, what rights does/should the father have? Why?
- Do you know anyone who has had an abortion? How would you/she describe the experience?
- Are there any post-trauma experiences that need to be taken care of after an abortion? Are they usually dealt with in your society?
- What are some of the criteria a woman should take into account when deciding about having an abortion?
- “No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body.” Margaret Sanger
- “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.” Mother Teresa
- “I cannot understand anti-abortion arguments that centre on the sanctity of life. As a species we've fairly comprehensively demonstrated that we don't believe in the sanctity of life. The shrugging acceptance of war, famine, epidemic, pain and life-long poverty shows us that, whatever we tell ourselves, we've made only the most feeble of efforts to really treat human life as sacred.” Caitlin Moran, How to Be a Woman
Related Words and Phrases:
pregnant (adj) when a woman is pregnant, she has a growing baby inside her
- There is a course for pregnant mothers to teach them about newborn babies.
pregnancy (n) the state of being pregnant.
- Pregnancy can be challenging for some women if they haven’t thought about it before.
abort (v) to end a pregnancy for any reasons on purpose
- The biggest challenge in her life was when she had to decide to abort.
abortion (n) the act of ending a pregnancy on purpose.
- Abortion has always been a controversial issue all around the world.
criteria (n/pl) criterion (singular) a standard that helps you to make a decision
- There are several criteria for choosing the best university for higher education.
Pro-life (adj) if you are pro-life you are against abortion.
Pro-choice (adj) if you are prochoice you believe that women have the right to decide to have an abortion or not
- The rally ended up in a fight between pro-life religious women and pro-choice women who wanted the law to support their right to abortion.
The less fortunate: people who are poor
- They have no regard for the less fortunate and simply ignore them.
polarizing (adj) having totally opposing and contrasting views and beliefs
- Regarding the two extremes about abortion it is only logical to consider it a polarizing issue which most politician try to avoid.
divisive (adj) causing lots of disagreement and controversy
- Abortion is one of the most divisive issues in most communities.
liberalize (v) to make a law less strict
- Many politicians have tried to liberalize abortion bans.
Ban/outlaw/restrict abortion (v) to announce abortion illegal
- Abortion was banned in most states.
Allow/legalize/support abortion (v) to approve of abortion legally
- Abortion is allowed only in case of life threat.
To be hotly debated: to be the topic of a discussion which is a lot of disagreement around that
- Having the right to medical insurance for smokers is hotly debated in some communities.