Sociology of Law and Order

In 2014, former Spanish Justice Minister Mr. Alberto Ruiz-Gallardo proposed a Bill that aimed to allow abortion only in cases of rape reported to the police or in cases where the pregnancy is medically certified as a threat to the mother’s physical or psychological health. It would have ended a woman’s right to opt for an abortion on the grounds of foetal abnormality.

If you were a member of the Singapore Parliament, and in light of our dismal total fertility rate, would you have supported such a Bill? Demonstrating use of some of the concepts we have covered so far in this course (e.g., social norms and values; changing definitions of crime and deviance; individual rights; cultural relativism, etc), explain your stand.

*You do not need to use every single concept listed above, but you should focus on those that are relevant and helpful in answering the question.

Remember to include in-text citations and a reference list in the APA style format (6th ed.) (2010). Available at http://www.apastyle.org. Marks will be lost for incorrect citation style.

Student notes

This question requires you to go beyond describing definitions of the concepts learnt in class. You are expected to do additional research using academic journals and credible news sources such as Factiva, Jstor, etc (available via UniSIM’s library e-resources). Marks will be deducted if you cite from Wikipedia or generic sites. Please cite from (i) books—academic textbooks or non-academic books, (ii) academic journals, (iii) newspapers—online or print and (iv) government websites. Do NOT cite from generic sites such as www.sociology.com, Cliffnotes, Wikipedia, or online study guides from universities worldwide.

To do well for this assignment, you must clearly define and research the issues, sift through the information you gathered, show critical thinking, and be able to integrate the information and analysis into a coherent, persuasive essay.

Write your answers in not more than 1,500 words. Please remember to provide the word count, and list of references.