3.20.08 - abortion according to warren

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March 20, 2008 Marry Anne Warren and Abortion I. Against Thomson II. Two Senses of “Human” III.Equivocation in the standard anti-abortion argument IV. The concept of personhood a. 5 traits V. Two objections a. The fetus is like a person b. The fetus is a potential person ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------- I. Warren Against Thomson a. Warren believes that Thomson’s view of the right to bodily autonomy is more of a right to property. II. Two Senses (meanings) of “Human” a. Genetic Sense of a Human 1. Has a human genetic code 2. Was conceived by human parents 3. Belongs to species homo sapiens b. Moral Sense of a Human 1. Has full and equal rights 2. Is a member of the moral community c. Premises: 1. It is wrong to kill humans 1. Humans in this case are moral humans; members of the moral community 2. A fetus is a human 1. Human in this case is genetic human; merely a human being 3. THEREFORE it is wrong to kill a fetus. 1. Changing the meaning of the word human throughout the premises makes the conclusion invalid.
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