This is a fantastic textbook on ethics and it is a very useful resource for starting research on an ethical issue. To give an example of how the book approaches a subject, here is the outline of the book's discussion on abortion: I. The Legal Background of Abortion 1. Roe v. Wade 2. Doe v. Bolton 3. The "Jane Roe" in Roe v. Wade 4. Planned Parenthood v. Danforth 5. Webster v. Reproductive Health Services 6. Planned Parenthood v. Casey II. The Biblical Background of Abortion 1. Partial Birth Abortion III. The Arguments for the Pro-Choice Position 1. A woman has the right to do with her own body whatever she chooses 2. If abortion becomes illegal, we will return to the dangerous days of the 'back alley' abortion providers 3. Forcing women, especially poor ones, to continue their pregnancies will create overwhelming financial hardship 4. Society should not force women to bring unwanted children into the world 5. Society should not force women to bring severely handicapped children into the world 6. Soceity should not force women who are pregnant from rape or incest to continue their pregnancies 7. Peter Singer and Infanticide 7. Restrictive abortion laws discriminate against poor women IV. The Personhood of the Fetus The chapter that addresses abortion is combined with the discussion of embryo and stem cell research. Naturally, not every topic receives the same level of detail in discussion. What I've outlined above covers about 22 pages. The embryonic and stem cell topic only receives about 5 pages of discussion. For some issues the author takes a clear position and develops arguments for it. In other cases the author is more reserved. Here is a sample of some issues discussed (with various degrees of detail): various ethical systems (deontology, utilitarianism, etc), reproductive technologies, physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia, capital punishment. Within each of these broad headings sub-issues are addressed: business ethics, masturbation, homosexuality, surrogacy, etc. At the end of each chapter is a list for further reading and review questions.