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Unformatted text preview: Patrick Lee and Robert P. George The Wrong of Abortion Consequentialism- Women pay a high price for lack of contraception and abortion.- Where theres no access to contraception, pregnancy puts an economic burden on women.- Abortion is a means to limit population growth in areas where contraception is not available.- Until contraception is 100% safe, there will still be a need for abortion. Womens Rights Women have the same right to life, happiness, health, social autonomy, etc.- If abortion is illegal, women will seek unsafe illegal abortions.- Involuntary childbirth causes many deaths.- Women forced to carry a pregnancy are denied self-determination, and therefore liberty. Moral Status of Fetus What is the criterion for moral status? (life, sentience, genetic humanity, personhood).- It cannot be a matter of personal preference.- It must apply to non-human entities (plants, animals, computers, extra-terrestrials, etc.). The Human Embryo is:- Distinct from the mother from the start, and distinct from any other cell type.- Human is genetic makeup. - Complete, whole organism, fully programmed to develop into a mature human form. One Possible Objection- If an embryo is a potential human, so are egg and sperm cells.- Sex cells are part of the larger entity....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHI 2630 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at FSU.
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