Hurtshouse and Abortion - Michael Hester Ethics paper#3...

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Michael Hester Ethics paper #3 4/9/13 Hurtshouse and Abortion Abortion is by far top 5 arguments in our country that has been going on for hundreds of years. It has split a majority of our country into two different sides. These two sides of course are either for or against it. It has become such a big and important discussion due to the fact that it has been brought into politics and questions the definition of murder. The main question that has yet to be and I don’t see ever being agreed on is at point in the process of conception of development is an embryo consider to be a living human. Many political and religious people have their thoughts and answers to this question and of course they are the complete opposites but other people like philosophers have other thoughts on whether it is morally right or wrong to kill a developing fetus when in the womb. Hurthouse believes the question of when do the organisms in the womb take on the moral status that we get when we are humans is irrelevant; Hurthouse questions the thought of whether it is virtuous or vicious. From what I got in our class discussion was that Hurthouse believes that it is not about the act of killing the organism that is morally wrong it is why you choose to do it or not. Was your reason for doing so due to the fact that you cannot care for the baby and you are scared that you can offer it nothing, this is considered to be her virtuous comparison. She says that it is un- virtuous for the mothers to make decisions like that because you are making them because you are scared and don’t believe that if you have the baby you will do a horrible job at it. She uses
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