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Religion 261 Lecture Six Abortion 1. Background Issues Is it a sui generis moral problem (of its own kind)? A uniquely difficult moral problem that does not admit resolution because pregnancy has no analogy? Prospect of tragedy in Christian ethics? Fallen but not deeply tragic? A moral issue that has given way to alienating political and legalistic rhetoric (cf. Wolf)? Something we can only argue from (based on first principles and shared narrative) and not towards (consensus)? 2. Potentiality 3. Pro-Choice Arguments Consequentialist Rights based All killing is not murder “Having a right to life does not guarantee having either a right to be given use of or a right to be allowed continued use of another person’s body—even if one
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Unformatted text preview: needs it for life itself” (Judith Thomson) Persons not rules? False elevation of procreativity? Not called to be “Mother Earth”? The limits of altruism? 4. Pro-Life Arguments Welfare of the fetus, does not need to justify itself Sanctity not achieved No direct killing of innocents Genesis 1:26, Exodus 21, Isaiah 44:2, Psalm 139: 13; Luke 1:31-39, 42-44, Matthew 25 Unequal power over fetus should make us wary Links to sexual immorality Double Effect and “Nothing is Lost” 5. The nature of a moral demand 6. Legal vs. Moral Status of abortion...
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2011 for the course REL 261 taught by Professor Erics.gregory during the Fall '09 term at Princeton.

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