Posts from the “Ethics” Category

July 19th – On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion By Mary Anne Warren

On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion by Mary Anne Warren – from Biomedical Ethics. 4th ed. T.A. Mappes and D. DeGrazia, eds. New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc. 1996, pp. 434-440.

“The question which we must answer in order to produce a satisfactory solution to the problem of the moral status of abortion is this: How are we to define the moral community, the set of beings with full and equal moral rights, such that we can decide whether a human fetus is a member of this community or not? What sort of entity, exactly, has the inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Jefferson attributed these rights to all men, and it may or may not be fair to suggest that he intended to attribute them only to men. Perhaps he ought to have attributed them to all human beings. If so, then we arrive, first, at [John] Noonan’s problem of defining what makes a being human, and, second, at the equally vital question which Noonan does not consider, namely, What reason is there for identifying the moral community with the set of all human beings, in whatever way we have chosen to define that term?”

Lecture Notes – Philosophy 104: Introduction to Ethics from Chapman University, Christopher Lay.

Abortion – Outline by Don Berkich, University of Texas, Corpus Christi.

The Ethics of Abortion – Dan Gaskill, California State University Sacramento.

Mary Anne Warren: “Abortion is Morally Permissible” by Simon Cushing, University of Michigan.

A Rational Look at the Abortion Controversy by Mario Derksen, M.A. cand., Ohio University.

Are Traditional Moral Standards Inadequate for Modern Medical Practice? Talk by Marian Hillar.

July 17th – Resources On Philosophy And Right To Life

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