ethics mind map 8

ethics mind map 8

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  • ROE V WADE: ARGUMENTS PRESENTEDMoral, liberal, conservative, and moderate positions are to be taken into consideration when it comes to deciding a woman's right to have an abortion. The conservative position states that the unborn is a human-- without question. A fetus has full moral rights which means abortion (the killing of the fetus) is morally wrong. The liberal position agrees that it is wrong to kill an innocent person, but until a fetus is born, it is not a person. The moderate stance says that abortion can be permissible in more situations than a conservat-
  • -ive position would say and less situations than a liberal position would say. Moving on to moral theory arguments. The natural law theory states that the intentional killing of an innocent person is wrong, but if it is unintentional then it might not be so wrong. Kant's theory argues that an unborn fetus still has rights and to violate those rights would be wrong; therefore abortion is wrong. However, this theory also states that if the mother's life is threatened by the fetus; it can be seen as an act of self defense to abort it (in which case
  • it may be permissible). Rule utilitarianism says that abortion can be morally okay if it's within the first trimester or a special case. Act utilitarianism argues that the unhappiness from the mother being forced to carry through this pregnancy makes abortion morally okay. However, the happiness produced from a child being born and the unhappiness a mother would experience from the social judgments for receiving an abortion makes abortion morally wrong. These were the arguments presented at this case to argue for and against abortion.
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