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Unformatted text preview: January 21, 2009 Philosophy 4: Seventh Lecture A Defense of Abortion (Continued) Abortion where the life of the mother is at r isk:- Having dealt with the issue of rape, Thompson now turns her attention to abortion where the life of the mother is at risk.- Those who hold that abortion is impermissible even to save the mothers life hold to what Thompson calls the extreme view.- On the extreme view, abortions in cases where the life of the mother is at risk are morally impermissible on the grounds that the fetus is a person, and given that the fetus is a person, one of four principles follow that rule out abortion: o Directly killing an innocent person is always and absolutely impermissible o Directly killing an innocent person is murder and murder is always and absolutely impermissible o Ones duty to refrain from directly killing an innocent person is more stringent than ones duty to keep a person from dying o If ones only options are to kill an innocent person or let an...
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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.
- Winter '09