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Fourth Lecture - January 12, 2009 Philosophy 4: Fourth...

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January 12, 2009 Philosophy 4: Fourth Lecture A Defense of Abortion Thompson’s General Position: Abortion is sometimes morally permissible: - Certainly in cases of rape - Other cases as well o Argument first developed in 1971 (2 years before Roe v. Wade) Legal Right and Moral Right: - Roe v. Wade gave women the legal right to abortion - We are focusing on the moral right to abortion o Some things are moral but are or have been illegal (consumption of alcohol) o Some things are immoral but legal (apartheid, the death penalty, concentration camps, etc.) The Traditional Argument (Argument A): 1. The fetus is a person 2. People have an inalienable right to life; it is never moral to kill a person 3. To abort a fetus is to kill it 4. Therefore, abortion is never moral o Possible objection : (Grounded in P2) the argument implies an inconsistent position on the part of those who hold that capital punishment is sometimes morally permissible (P2 rules out capital punishment as well) o
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This note was uploaded on 11/07/2010 for the course PHIL PHIL 4 taught by Professor Huizenga during the Winter '09 term at UCSB.

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