Identifying fallacies - 2. Letter to the editor: Andrea...

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2. Letter to the editor: “Andrea Keene’s selective morality is once again showing through in her July 15 letter. This time she expresses her abhorrence of abortion. But how we see only what we choose to see! I wonder if any of the anti-abortionists have considered the widespread use of fertility drugs as the moral equivalent of abortion, and, if they have, why they haven’t come out against them, too. The use of these drugs frequently results in multiple births, which leads to the death of one of the infants, often after an agonizing struggle for survival. According to the rules of the pro-lifers, isn’t this murder?” — North-State Record I believe that this is a false dilemma fallacy . The writer is asking the audience to accept that both abortion and the use of fertility drugs are forms of murder. It is not always true that in multiple births one of the infants dies. There are plenty of stories out there that shows many time multiple births do not result in death, we have Jon and Kate Gosslin who have twins as well as a set of sextuplets. We also have Nadya Suleman (Octomom) who gave birth to octuplets. In both cases none of the children died. Multiple births are becoming more and more common because there are people out there who have fertility issues and want to have children. This is the risk that they take when perusing this option.
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2010 for the course CRT 205 205 taught by Professor Jimmy during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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