HW 5 - Part I Present 1 If fetus is not a living human then...

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Part I Present 1. If fetus is not a living human, then abortion is moral. 2. The fetus is a living human 3. Therefore, abortion is immoral. (1,2, MP) Evaluate The argument is valid and in Modus Ponens. I also believe the argument is sound. One thing with thinking that is argument is sound, is that a fetus is a living human. Some pro-choice people will say that the fetus isn’t a human being that is aware of its own life yet. When the egg and the sperm meet, a life is created. Abortion is about to terminate a life because of the mother. However, it’s the same as murder as extreme- pro-life activist would say. If the critic of the argument was to take the line that the fetus is a human being, they would have to define what a fetus is, and what a human being is. As Marquis states in his paper, that from the “moment of conception, or that fetuses look like babies or that fetuses possess a characteristic such as a genetic code, that is both necessary and sufficient for being human”, from this line he means that the fetus is a human being from the moment that the egg and the sperm meet. Because from then, the fetus will characteristics of a human being and also carry genetic code that allows it to be a child of two people. For the pro-life activists, it is prima facie wrong to take a human life, which includes a life of fetus. However, for pro-choice activists, it isn’t wrong to take the life of
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2008 for the course PHIL 160 taught by Professor Pete during the Winter '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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HW 5 - Part I Present 1 If fetus is not a living human then...

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