The age appropriateness of topics and the politics of the local community is a boundary that calls upon good "teacher sense." Students' backgrounds and maturity should dictate the realm of topics addressed by a moral-dilemma activity. I've had no hesitation about engaging seventh graders in a discussion of euthanasia in conjunction with their study of the Hippocratic Oath. However, while debates on abortion would also fit within the confines of the Oath, I view the topic as one with which seventh graders aren't quite prepared to grapple. Nor would I be ready to deal with its fallout in the community if I decided to pursue such a discussion.