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Week 6 Notes PHL 223
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Date Created: 03/20/16
Lecture 139 Abortion gt a principle of rationality I your confidence should be in proportion to your knowledge I Very difficult gt Principle of rationality violated these religion politics and abortion gt Biological question Is the fetus alive gt Moral question Does the fetus have a right to live 139 Pregnancy gt Before conception the sperm and egg are separate no right to life Conception to 2 weeks zygote preembryo 2 weeks2 months embryo 15 months brain activity 2 monthsbirth fetus 35 months quickening mother can feel the baby moving 6 months fetus can survive outside the womb viability I Youngest baby 21 weeks amp 6 days premature I Black baby girls mature quicker I White baby boys mature the slowest gt 7 months sentience fetus can feel pleasurepain h VVVVVV gt 2 year old right to life gt Morally where do you draw the line How many lines are there gt Two Possibilities I One line between abortion being 100 okay and being murder I Abortion becomes worse and worse until it is murder 139 Where to draw lines gt Conception I Why It is a magical event I Is it because of a zygote s potential gt Quickening I The movement matter I Caterpillars can move gt Viability I It changes with technology but it depends on if the doctor can save the life of the fetus I What if the fetus was a little genius They would have the right to life gt Human form I What you look like matters gt Sentience I Do all mammals have a right to live Why do they have a right to life gt Birth I Does spatial location matter 139 Two different question about Abortion gt Is it okay for Jane to get an abortion gt Should abortion be legal I Yes always to 1 implies yes to 2 I But No always to 1 doesn t imply no to 2 I We don t want to outlaw all bad conduct Why 0 Laws have 2 costs gt imposes on freedom and costs money to enforce laws 139 3 Categories gt It s not that bad being rude getting swastika tattoos I Court of public opinion works better than the law gt It s nobody else s business smoking or eating unhealthy gt Bad consequences of outlawing I Most dangerous job cab drivers in NY due to bad areas I 1950s US Social experiment gt hitchhiking I Prostitution laws prostitution is dangerous to women could be regulated STDs Some might say abortion is bad but shouldn t be illegal Do 13 apply gt 1 Some people might think so gt 2 DoubtfulSince qualms about abortion come from concerns for the fetus gt 3 safe abortions are hard on the poor 1960s gt 1000 women died of illegal abortions If you think abortion is murder you would say that 1000 women dying is better than 5000 fetuses O O 90 90 O 90 90
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