CheckPointIdentifying Fallacies

CheckPointIdentifying Fallacies - 2. Letter to the editor:...

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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 abhor- rence 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 this is an example of a straw man fallacy. The writer attempts to distort and change the original argument into one that is much easier to criticize and attack. The writer argues that creating multiple births can potentially cause the death of a fetus, so pro-life followers should consider in vetro a form of murder. This idea doesn’t make sense, with in vetro the death of a fetus can happen, but the egg simply not attaching to the uterus is more likely. In vetro creates life where it wouldn’t be possible under normal circumstances. In vetro fertilization and abortion are in no way logically or morally equivalent. 3. In one of her columns, Abigail Van Buren printed the letter of “I’d rather
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This note was uploaded on 01/09/2011 for the course CRT CRT taught by Professor Trunk during the Spring '10 term at AUP.

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