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Unformatted text preview: 10:29 Abortion: intentional termination of fetal life Roe vs Wade 1: abortion may not be denied prior to fetal viability 2: states may prohibit abortion after viability (with restrictions) reasons for abortion rape/incest; risk to mothers health/life; expectation of disabled/afflicted child; unwanted lifestyle; financial limitations; relationship problems with partner Consequentialist Arguments Pro abortion Mothers health and safety; mothers quality of life; psychological burden of parenthood; childs quality of life; overstretching social and natural resources Anti-abortion Pain inflicted on fetus; loss of childs future happiness; childs future contributions to society; physical and psychological harm to mother and other family Rights-based arguments Abortion is intentional killing of innocent persons Intentional killing of innocent persons violates their right to life Abortion violates the right to life of innocent persons Violating innocent persons right to life is morally wrong and should be prohibited Abortion is morally wrong and should be prohibited OBJ: fetuses arent personsso dont have rights? slippery slope fallacy Death Penalty and Punishment Highest amount of people in jail in the world Moral problems of punishment: Pain, suffering, death and the deprivation of freedom are bad Legal punishment intentionally causes pain, suffering, death and the deprivation of freedom intentionally causing bad things is morally wrong how legal punishment can be morally justified...
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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.
- Fall '07