Table 1 Statements to assess the extent to which students’ views were influenced by various ethical arguments
Argument“My view on abortion is influenced by”
Pro-life
    Fetus is sentientA belief that the fetus can feel pleasure and pain
    Fetus is aliveThe fact that the fetus is alive
    Fetus is a potential personThe fact that the fetus will become an individual with the right to life
    Fetus is humanA belief that the fetus is valuable because it is a human being
Pro-choice
    Fetus is not a personThe fact that the fetus has no sense of itself as a person
    Right to bodily integrityWomen’s rights to control their own body