Reading 7 Creation Ethics The Moral Status of Early Fetuses and the Ethics of Abortion

Reading 7 Creation Ethics The Moral Status of Early Fetuses and the Ethics of Abortion

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Review: 1. Early fetus is a fetus before it has any intrinsic properties that themselves confer moral status on the fetus. The two conflicting views are that early fetuses that die in early abortions lack moral status, but early fetuses that will become persons have some moral status. 2. The assumption is left unquestioned not only by all philosophers who write about abortion, but by everyone who discusses abortion. 3. The Actual Future Principle says that an early fetus’s actual future determines whether it has moral status. Early fetuses that die while they are still early fetuses go through their entire existence without any intrinsic properties that themselves confer moral status. 4. The very liberal view is that early abortion requires no moral justification. The first is that the very liberal view is compatible with the view that some early fetuses are the appropriate objects of caring attitudes such as love. The second is that it is possible to give a good account of how the very liberal view is
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This note was uploaded on 02/02/2008 for the course PHIL 140g taught by Professor Kwon during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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