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Pomona Student Union Debate: The Ethics of Abortion

The Pomona Student Union at Pomona College is sponsoring a debate on "The Ethics of Abortion,” on Thursday, February 25, at 8 p.m., in the Rose Hills Theatre (Pomona College, Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). The event is open to the public, and there is no charge to attend.

The PSU has invited two speakers to take part in a debate that will investigate the topic of abortion from moral and ethical perspectives to illuminate the deep-rooted philosophical arguments of the pro-choice and pro-life movements.

Patrick Lee is the John N. and Jamie D. McAleer Professor of Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville and the Director of the Institute of Bioethics. His best-known book, Abortion and Unborn Human Life, is a comprehensive examination of the moral and ethical foundations of the pro-life position. He is also the author of Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics and has published numerous articles on such philosophical and ethical topics as human nature, marriage, abortion, euthanasia, and metaphysics. His articles have been published in The National Review, Reason Magazine, The New Atlantic, and The Public Discourse.

David Boonin is a Professor and the Chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he teaches classes on applied ethics, ethical theory, and the history of ethics. He is the author of A Defense of Abortion and The Problem of Punishment, as well as a number of articles spanning a wide range of topics, including same-sex marriage, euthanasia, the moral status of animals, race, affirmative action and hate speech. He has published articles in Public Affairs Quarterly, Philosophy and Public Affairs, Environmental Ethics, the Journal of Applied Philosophy, and the Journal of Social Philosophy. He is also the co-editor of a popular philosophy textbook.

For information on the Pomona Student Union or their events, visit www.pomonasu.com.