Lecture Notes - 080306 - Katie Kerr PHL 304 August 3, 2006...

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Katie Kerr PHL 304 August 3, 2006 Fetus is not a person (traits i-v) Woman is a person. Fetus resembles a person (at least at some point in pregnancy) Fetus has the potential to become a person. However: Neither its resembles to a person nor its potential for becoming a person provide a basis for the claim that is has a significant right to life. When there is a conflict(*) of rights: Woman’s rights will always override whatever right to life it may be appropriate to ascribe to the fetus. Therefore, abortion is acceptable at any stage of the pregnancy. This doesn’t mean that the woman has the right to have the fetus killed. (*) Conflict: fetus is in the woman’s body After delivery of baby there’s not that type of conflict anymore (even if a baby is a burden in other senses) Therefore, infanticide is wrong. Besides, we consider it morally wrong to destroy a number of valuable ‘things’ disregarding whether they’re persons or not. For the same reason, it is wrong to kill infants. Why Abortion is Immoral
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