Identifying Fallacies

Identifying Fallacies - Shannon Greenwood Exercise 6-6...

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Shannon Greenwood Exercise 6-6 Identifying Fallacies 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?” I think the fallacy used here is ad hominem. The author initiates a verbal assault on Andrea to discredit Andrea’s comments. I think there is also a perfectionist fallacy here as well. The author sides with Andrea stating that either way no matter what the end result will be murder. 3. In one of her columns, Abigail Van Buren printed the letter of “I’d rather be a widow.” The letter writer, a divorcée, complained about widows who said they had a hard time coping. Far better, she wrote, to be a widow than to be a divorcée, who are all “rejects”
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