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The question of whether abortion is ethical will be the topic of a public debate at 7 p.m. Wednesday in 20 Knox Hall on the University at Buffalo North Campus. It is free and open to the public.

The event is sponsored by the UB Department of Philosophy. The debaters will include Stephen Kershnar, professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at Fredonia State College, and Catherine Nolan, a UB doctoral student in philosophy.

Kershnar, who will argue the pro-choice position, teaches seminars and courses on such topics as abortion, autonomy, ethics, current moral issues, and life and death. He is a recipient of a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Nolan, who will defend the pro-life position, has taught a section of the philosophy department’s course on bioethics nearly every semester for the past three years. Her doctoral dissertation is on the metaphysics of death and its implications for organ transplantation.