11 - Phil 140 notes Rights-based arguments Right to...

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Phil 140 notes 9/21/11 Rights-based arguments Right to life (fetus) Women’s right to choose Right to privacy Father’s rights Argument against abortion from the right to life: “abortion is morally wrong and should be prohibited” Saying fetus IS an innocent person Objection: fetuses aren’t persons, so don’t have rights? Impossible to identify a moment when the fetus becomes a person; if picking any different point is arbitrary, cant come up with answer; Slippery-slope argument Slippery slope fallacy: a newborn is a person and the difference between a newborn and a viable fetus cannot provide a principled reason for thinking that one would be a person while the other wouldn’t be; thus a viable fetus is a person; thus a zygote is a person Assumes that you cant draw distinction between zygote, fetus, viability and birth May be valid but not necessarily sound Other problems, could work argument in opposite direction; run conclusion that infants aren’t people? Grounds for personhood:
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2012 for the course PHIL 140 taught by Professor Yaffe during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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