Spitzer relates principle number eight to the dred

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Spitzer relates principle number eight to the Dred Scott decision. The Supreme Court had to make a decision about which right was more fundamental-the liberty of black people or the property rights of white people. If the court had used “objective criterion” of “the condition necessary for the possibility of ___________” they would have decided in favor of the African American’s because the right to liberty is necessary for the possibility of the right of property ownership. Principle 9: The Principle of Limits to Freedom- One person’s (or group’s) freedoms cannot impose undue burdens upon other persons (or groups). Spitzer applies principle number nine to the life issue of abortion. Spitzer suggests that in order to grant mothers the right to abort the fetuses, this imposes undue burdens onto unborn children to die. Spitzer says that “even though these victims cannot speak for
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Julia Lesses themselves, they still have natural rights…and are present by virtue of their human existence alone” (82). Principle 10: The Principle of Beneficence- Aim at optimal contribution to others and society. Spitzer relates principle number ten to positive outcomes in society. This “golden rule” has to do with the aspiration of altruism instead of the obligation that the other principles have. Spitzer relates the golden rule to Jesus. Through history we have seen the affects of the golden rule with examples of leaders and cultures in the development of charitable relief for the poor, publicly accessible hospitals, educational institutions, the development of the justice theory, natural rights theory, economic rights theory, social justice theory and international organizations to alleviate global poverty and injustice.
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