• (1) “early fetus”: a fetus before it has any intrinsic properties that themselves confer moral status on the fetus • Before the fetus has conscious experience and before it can be subject to experience • E.g. When couples begin to care and love for the fetus, the fetus begins to have moral status • (3) The Actual Future Principle: An early fetus that will become a person has some moral status. An early fetus that will die while it is still an early fetus has no moral status • (4) If early abortion requires any moral justification whatsoever, then this is so because the early fetus that dies in the abortion has some moral status • (5) The very liberal view on the ethics of abortion: Early abortion requires no moral justification whatsoever • Conclusion 1 : The Actual Future Principle is a tenable view of the moral status of early fetuses. • Conclusion 2: The very liberal view on the ethics of abortion is compatible w/ several attractive views with which it has seemed incompatible. Therefore, the
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