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Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 40–51 | Cite as

Pastoral considerations on abortion and sterilization

  • C. Roy Woodruff
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Abstract

Concerns over sterlization and abortion typify our current moral dilemma. These matters begin as individual problems but rapidly expand to become pressing social concerns. The ethical, psychological, and physical factors related to sterilization in men and women are examined and a careful scrutiny of the meaning of the decision to the parties is advised. Abortion is an even more complex issue. The counselor's value system is always a part of the counseling process. Rigidity is not helpful in attempts to adjudicate conflicting rights among the child, the mother, and the father. Four alternative approaches to counseling with persons considering abortion are described.

Keywords

Physical Factor Careful Scrutiny Complex Issue Cross Cultural Psychology Moral Dilemma 
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© Human Sciences Press 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Roy Woodruff
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Patient Counseling, Medical College of VirginiaVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmond

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