Lecture 2-The Immorality of Abortion

Lecture 2-The Immorality of Abortion - January 16, 2008...

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Page 1 The Morality of Abortion Don Marquis’s “The Immorality of Abortion” I. Prelims A. Marquis’ main conclusion is: abortion in the case of unwanted pregnancy is prima facie impermissible B. What is prima facie? 1. On the surface it is wrong? C. Marquis assumes the fetus is not a human being or person II. Marquis’ Argument A. Premises #1: Both a typical fetus and typical human being possesses something that is of great value to them: namely, a future that involves the goods of a conscious life B. Premises #2: A primary reason why killing a human being is wrong is the fact that you’re depriving he or she of that something which is of great value namely, a future that contains the goods of a conscious life C. Premises #3: By aborting fetus, you’re depriving it of a future that involves the goods of a conscious life. D. So, the same reason that dictates why killing a human being is wrong also dictates why killing the fetus is wrong E. So, just as it’s wrong to kill, it’s wrong to abort the fetus
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course PHIL 7 taught by Professor Blair during the Winter '08 term at UCSB.

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Lecture 2-The Immorality of Abortion - January 16, 2008...

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