LECTURE 4_7&9_2009

LECTURE 4_7&9_2009 - everyone would grant that. But...

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Introduction to Ethics - PH150 April 9 Professor Aaron Garrett Teaching Fellows David Aleksic Stacey Goguen Irina Meketa Monday, April 12, 2010
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.Judith Jarvis Thomson, “A Defense of Abortion” “Most opposition to abortion relies on the premise that the fetus is a human being, a person, from the moment of conception” We might object on the basis of the oak tree/acorn distinction but Thomson grants that at least at some point the fetus is clearly a person, if not at fertilization or at the earliest stages of life. But assume personhood from the moment of conception for arguments sake. Monday, April 12, 2010
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The Right to Life Argument “Every person has a right to life. So the fetus has a right to life. No doubt the mother has a right to decide what shall happen in and to her body;
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Unformatted text preview: everyone would grant that. But surely a person’s right to life is stronger and more stringent than the mother’s right to decide what happens in and to her body, and so outweighs it. So the fetus may not be killed; an abortion may not be performed.” (48) Monday, April 12, 2010 The Violinist Example Take the case of a famous violinist with a fatal kidney ailment attached by stealth to your kidneys. Is this not analogous to rape or coercion resulting in conception? “Is it morally incumbent on you to accede to this stricture?”(47) It would be nice but do you have to? What about when the mother’s life is shortened, or when an extraordinary burden is put on the mother? Monday, April 12, 2010...
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LECTURE 4_7&9_2009 - everyone would grant that. But...

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