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Unformatted text preview: Katie Kerr PHL 304 August 2, 2006 Mary Anne Warren On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion 1. Critique of Standard Conservative Argument P1 It is wrong to kill an innocent human being P2 A fetus is an innocent human being. C Thus, it is wrong to kill a fetus. MAW: This argument either commits fallacy of ambiguity (i) or is question- begging (ii) (i) Conclusion does not follow. Innocent human being: (a) genetic sense (homo sapiens) (b) moral sense (person) Argument assumes (a) in P2 and (b) in P1. OR (ii) If same sense in both P1 and P2: Argument begs the question. It presupposes precisely what is at stake. If (a): whether fetus is a person (P2) If (b): whether its wrong to kill a homo sapiens (P1) P1 is a self-evident truth only if by human being we person in the moral sense (a) P2 is not question begging if intended in the genetic sense (b)....
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course PHIL 304 taught by Professor Roddy during the Summer '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.
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