Critical Thinking Final

Axia College Material
Appendix E

Critical Analysis Forms

Fill out one form for each source

Source 1 Title and Citation: The Roe v. Wade Decision Should Be Reconsidered

1 Identify the principal issue presented by the source. The principal issue being presented is should the Roe Vs. Wade decision be repealed and reconsidered and that individual states be given the right to decide if abortion was legal in their respective States.

Identify any examples of bias presented by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. There is no author to single out. This was a presidential debate that ran on CBS in October of 2008. Each of the political candidates responses are filled with bias. Every single person in this article is pro-life and its obvious they are close minded on abortion, They say that the right to have an abortion should be an issue decided by individual states but again its obvious that regardless a woman’s reason they are against abortion.

Identify any areas that are vague or ambiguous. If none exist, explain how you determined this. In the testimony of M. Edward Whelan he states that Roe vs. Wade is the Dred Scott of our age. This is a confusing comparison; the abortion issue is a far cry from the slavery issues that were faced in the Dred Scott case. Also in the third paragraph of his testimony he claims for example “Roe prevents all Americans from working together”. He doesn’t state exactly how it prevents Americans from working together. That whole paragraph is vague and ambiguous from the way I am looking at it.

Do you find the source credible? Explain your reasoning. I can simply answer this by saying it is hard to place credibility on a politician because their opinions often change according to the election year

Identify and name any rhetorical devices used by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. Again this was a bit of a challenge to identify exactly which...