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Imran Hossain PHIL 140 Exam 2 Philosopher Don Marquis argues that abortion is immoral on the grounds that as it is immoral to kill something if it has a future of value, it is immoral to abort a fetus as it has a future of value in store. Marquis begins his argument by first setting grounds as to why it is immoral to kill people in general. His stance is that by killing someone, you are depriving them of the many experiences, activities, projects, and enjoyments that would have otherwise been part of that person’s future. Marquis contends that when a person is killed, they are deprived of the things that they value at the time of their death as well as all the things that they would come to value in the future. Hence, killing a person is wrong because killing inflicts one of the greatest possible losses one can experience. This is Marquis’s ‘future like ours’ argument. Killing is immoral because it deprives one of a future like our own. When this logic is extended to the abortion debate, it follows that it is immoral to abort a fetus because the process of abortion denies the fetus a future of value. While Marquis’s logic is convincing, there are a number of philosophers that disagree
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