Personhood Arguments

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2/5/11 The “Hard” Cases Abortion must be available for: cases of rape or incest Represent only 1% of all cases cases of fetal abnormalities Represent only 1% of all cases mother’s health is at risk The Alan Guttmacher Institute (http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html)
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2/5/11 Abortion Alleviates Economic and Social Problems Pregnancy subjugates women, interferes with career and educational choices For most women, pregnancy does not interfere with the ability to work or attend school, except after birth Laws prevent employers from firing or discriminating against pregnant women Women are not forced to keep their children. Adoption is always an option
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2/5/11 Personhood Starts at the Point of Self-consciousness In Defense of Abortion and Infanticide ,’ Michael Tooley claims that individuals have a right to life only at the point of self-consciousness and an
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Unformatted text preview: interest in their own continued existence Tooley concludes, therefore, that infanticide is morally acceptable If the individual will, in the future develop such interest, is it permissible to kill the individual before such interests develop? Can fetuses be 2/5/11 Definition of Personhood One who has a history of performing personal acts – eliminates one who was in a coma from birth, but wakes up One with a future capacity for performing personal acts – makes those who are 2/5/11 Definition of Personhood One who is consciously performing personal acts – eliminates those who are sleeping One with a present capacity to perform personal acts – eliminates those who are 2/5/11 Legal Personhood Issues The fetus is granted personhood if wanted by the mother The fetus can become a non-person at the discretion of the mother However, a mother may not choose to kill her born child...
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