There is a definite tension between these two ways of framing a course like this conceptual vs. The first time I taught this, students were asked to write one-page weekly reading responses — and post them on the course website the evening prior to the discussion section.
That is to say, we want to know about the morality of uncoerced, human abortion—so for our purposes abortions are voluntary, deliberate removal of a human fetus. Warren considers the following anti-abortion argument: This includes not only functioning children and adults, but also includes fetuses even very early fetuses and living human bodies without functioning brains e.
The moral community is the set of beings with full moral rights, and consists of all and only persons. Either the argument assumes that it is wrong to kill something merely because it is homo sapien, or the argument assumes that a fetus is a member of the moral community.
Both of these claims are contentious and would require further argument. Warren next considers whether genetic humanity is sufficient for moral humanity.
Reasoning the developed capacity to solve new and relatively complex problems ; 3. Self-motivated activity activity which is relatively independent of genetic or direct external control. The capacity to communicate, messages of with an indefinite number of possible contents on indefinitely many possible topics.
The presence of self-concepts and self-awareness. A space explorer is captured by aliens who are going to make a thousand clones of him unless he escapes. Does he have an obligation to stay? No, says Warren, even if the cloning is done quickly and does not harm him.
Not even if the clones have already started to grow and will die if he escapes.
Objections to Warren If killing fetuses is permissible because they are not full-fledged members of the moral community, then, by the same standard, killing newborns would be permissible as well.
Moreover, killing any non-human animal would also be permissible. But this is not the case. It is certainly wrong to kill such beings just for the sake of convenience, or financial profit, or sport.
Take the example of a premature birth. But it is no closer to being a person than a six-month fetus that happened to stay in the womb.
So, to be consistent, Warren must either say that killing the premature infant is permissible, or that aborting the six-month fetus is not. Instead, he proposes that having interests is what matters, and sentience the capacity to feel pain is both necessary and sufficient for having interests.
At what stage of development is a fetus capable of experiencing pain?
Somewhere between 5 and 6 months, it is now believed. If I have a prima facie reason to believe something, then I should presume it is true unless I have other evidence to the contrary that overrides the prima facie reason.
If a type of action is prima facie wrong, what this means is that the type of action is wrong in most cases, with exceptions in special circumstances that would justify the action.
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On the other hand, the anti-abortionist wants to find a moral principle so broad that even fetuses at an early stage will fall under it. These principles are often too broad. The pro-choicer will deny that fetuses are human beings in the moral sense.
There seems to be no non-question-begging way in which either side can establish a definition of moral personhood that suits their interests.
An analysis of the wrongness of killing. Points in favor of the analysis according to Marquis: It makes sense that killing is fundamentally wrong for the same reason that death is bad. Whether it is wrong depends on the expected value of the future of the patient. What makes killing wrong is that it prevents us from fulfilling our desires.You are correct.
I am using a reworded form of the SLED test. I was trained by Scott Klusendorf 13 years ago and I generally recommend his material. Scott is a theist but he nevertheless can make a strong secular case against abortion that has served as fuel to my own.
The Ethics of Abortion For more than three decades, Americans have been deeply polarized over the issue of abortion. While the debate on abortion involves secularists as well as people of every religious tradition, the issue has become particularly acute among Christians because of .
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Introduction: Abortion is an exceptionally contentious issue that has been frequently argued over for the past few decades and most likely many years to come - Ethics of Abortion introduction.
Before we indulge ourselves into many controversial facets of abortion, we must first characterize abortion. Abortion is the obliteration of the fetus or unborn child.
Marquette Law Review Volume 76 Issue 4Summer Article 3 Abortion, Ethics, and the Common Good: Who Are We? What Do We Want? How Do We Get There?
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