Phil 2500 Notes 9-20

Phil 2500 Notes 9-20 - Philosophy 2500 Notes The issue Up...

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Philosophy 2500 Notes September 15, 2005 The issue Up to what point of development, if any and for what reason is aborting the unborn ethically acceptable? Never, Always, Sometimes The primary issue is the moral status of the unborn (be it zygote, embryo, or fetus), another way of wording this is the unborn a person or not. Moral Status Full moral status; means that unborn are due the same moral consideration as more fully developed human beings (ie – they have right to life) No (significant) moral status; means the unborn have no rights to speak of, and are effectively pieces of tissue (not persons) Moral status is intimately connected with person Possible Views Conservative: Unborn is a person and has the right to life Liberal unborn is not a person and has no right to life. Moderations of conservative and liberal Drawing the line – the question of “viability” Feminist Perspectives Feminism(difficult to define…. But the reading makes a stab):
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This note was uploaded on 09/10/2008 for the course PHIL 2500 taught by Professor Wilcox during the Spring '06 term at Utah State University.

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Phil 2500 Notes 9-20 - Philosophy 2500 Notes The issue Up...

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