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Running head: MORAL THEORY PAPER1Moral Theory PaperEvahanna D. CruzStark State College
MORAL THEORY PAPER2Extreme thesis: To avoid overpopulation, everyone can only have one kid and others must be aborted. Using the moral theory of ethical egoism to analyze this extreme thesis may deem it to be wrong or right. According to ethical egoism the right action is the one that advances one owns best interest. Suppose Ally is pregnant with twins, she ultimately can only keep one according to the law of the country. Ally has always wanted kids but she is not financially stable enough to be able to provide for herself and a child. When she finds out she is pregnant, she is devastated. Not only because she can not afford to take care of a child but she also doesn’t seem to think that getting an abortion is a morally right thing to do, yet she must uphold the law. Say she only has three choices. One, she can have one of the children and abort the one she does not want to keep, thereby upholding the law and being a good citizen but going against God and not being a Good Samaritan. Two, she can keep both children and hide them from the world. By doing that she would continue being a Good Samaritan. Lastly, she could abort both babies due to being financially unstable. According to act egoism, which choice is in her best interest? If she is financially unstable to take care of a child, then should she have one, let alone two? Money and being able to support herself is her top priority. If she would choose to abort both babies and putting herself first would be deemed morally right. Let’s say she believes her acts should be guided by rules such as: one should not play God and take the life of another, then she would be at option two. She would want to uphold the rule of not playing God and letting both babies live. According to psychological egoism, an action that does not advance one’s own welfare can not be right. The theory is stating that whatever Ally decides to do, it will all be motivated by her own self interest. Moving on to the theory of Utilitarianism, which says consequences that bring more good than bad are morally deemed right. Would aborting both babies bring the most goodness to her, would keeping both babies bring the most goodness to her, or would aborting one and keep the other bring more goodness? Using classic Utilitarianism which affirms that the right action is the

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